Reflection: Lesson Planning Analyzing Text Structure Patterns - Section 2: Group Work


The idea for using templates in this way comes from Sarah Brown Wessling.  As a State Teacher of the Year, I'm priveleged to know Sarah, but this idea comes from one of her Teaching Channel lessons. She actually uses the comic book style templates with book introductions and in a slightly different way than I am using them here.

When I viewed her lesson I immediately thought of this as a method to help my students not only internalize the structures, but also see a connection between the structure and purpose.

One of the great things about education today is our ability to share information and ideas.  Never be afraid to check out what others are doing and tweak it for your own purposes. We're all trying to catch a fish -maybe just a different type.  Why not borrow bait and use it in our own way?

*Note -the organizer templates I have included here are just a sample of the many available.  As I mentioned in the video with this lesson, I try to use "universal" organizers that will work with many different text of each structure.  For example, it can be confusing for students if I use a cause and effect chart with one box for cause and several for effect if they are reading a text that have multiple causes and one effect.  Goodness knows I don't want to muddy the water after we just worked everything out!

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Analyzing Text Structure Patterns

Unit 6: Informational Text - Persevering through the Adversity of our World Part 1
Lesson 16 of 16

Objective: SWBAT read an informational piece and demonstrate its' text structure using a template.

Big Idea: Using templates to help us see the purposeful pattern of the structure puzzle.

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