Structural Elements – Playlist and Teaching Notes

In this playlist, students explore standard RI.6.5. They learn how to analyze the way a particular sentence, paragraph, chapter, or section fits into the overall structure of a text and how it contributes to the development of ideas. Students look at examples of different text structures and their explanations and are guided through an analysis of an excerpt’s text structure. They apply what they learned in the playlist by analyzing the text structure of a section of text from a science or history textbook of their choosing. Students also have the option to view instructional videos and complete practice quizzes or activities.

The playlist includes:
• One link to a practice quiz or activity
• Two links to instructional videos or texts
• Definitions of the different types of text structures
• Excerpt from Library of Congress article “Bowling Great Don Carter Was Born, July 29, 1926.”
• A self-check consisting of informational passages, such as “Letter to the Editor in Support of Preserving Local Covered Bridges” and others, and four multiple choice questions and one fill-in-the-blank question

Accompanying Teaching Notes include:
• Activities for students
• Writing prompts for students
• Links to additional resources, such as strategies to teach text structure
• An accompanying answer guide with correct answers, answer choice rationales, and DOK level

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Created: Oct 31, 2016

Updated: Feb 22, 2018

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