The Gold Standard in Education; The Foundation of Our Community.

RI/L.7.5 - Text Structure

Text Structure! (RI/L.7.5)

"The term “text structure” refers to how information is organized in a passage. The structure of a text can change multiple times in a work and even within a paragraph. Students are often required to identify text structures on state reading tests; therefore, it is important that they are given exposure to the various patterns of organization." (EReading Worksheets)

 Informational Text Structures:
  • Text Structure:  How the information in a text is organized.
  • Spatial/Description:  When the author gives features, characteristics, or examples of a topic.
  • Sequence:  When the author lists items or events in order; steps in a process, chronologically, or by order of importance.
  • Compare and Contrast:  When the author shows how things are similar or different.
  • Cause and Effect:  When the author lists one or more causes and resulting effects or effect.
  • Problem and Solution:  When the author states a problem or conflict and then gives one or more possible or proven solutions. 
Don't forget, the only text structure used for FICTION texts is Sequence: Chronological Order.  All fictional texts can be put into a plot diagram.  If you take the ends of the diagram and stretch them out, you have a timeline of events.  
As always, take some time to practice identifying text structures on our classroom Symbaloo games and practice activities!
Text Structure - A Languanauts PowerPoint
Click the image above to download the classroom PPT
View text-based website