Unit: Copy of Non-Fiction Text Structures

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Unit Description

Big Ideas: • Writers help their readers understand the text by organizing their text in logical ways so readers read non-fiction texts differently, depending on their structure. • Writers write non-fiction to teach the reader about one main idea. It is the job of a reader to figure out the main thing that the writer is trying to teach you. You can use the organizational structure to figure out the main idea in nonfiction. • Writers use lots of evidence to support the main idea. These supporting details fill the text; they are found in every paragraph, all textual features, and all graphic features.

Lessons

Non-fiction Text Structures: Main Idea: Chronological Order (Lesson 1) Resources: 2

Some texts have a sequence (chronological) organization. These texts move through time. Authors use this organization when their main idea is about things that happened in order. Texts can have a sequential organization even if texts jump around in time – the author just has to make it clear how he/she is moving in time. You can outline this organization in a chain.

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Non-Fiction Text Structures: Main Idea: Chronological Order (Lesson 2) Resources: 3

Some texts have a sequence (chronological) organization. Authors use this organization when their main idea is about things that happened in order. You can outline this organization in a chain.

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Non-fiction Text Stuctures: Main Idea: Compare/Contrast (Lesson 3) Resources: 1

Some texts have a compare/contrast organization. Some focus on telling how two things are different. Authors use this organization when their main idea is about how two things are different. You can outline this organization in a T-chart or Venn diagram.

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Non-fiction Text Structures: Main Idea: Compare/Contrast (Lesson 4) Resources: 1

Some texts have a compare/contrast organization. Some focus on telling both how two things are the same and different. You can outline this organization in a T-chart or Venn diagram.

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Non-fiction Text Structures: Main Idea: Compare/Contrast (Lesson 5) Resources: 1

Some texts have a compare/contrast organization. Some focus on telling both how two things are the same and different. You can outline this organization in a Venn diagram.

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Non-fiction Text Structures: Main Idea: Cause and Effect (Lesson 6) Resources: 1

Some texts have a cause and effect organization. Authors use this structure when their main idea is about how one thing causes another. You can outline this organization in a chain.

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Non-fiction Text Structures: Main Idea: Cause and Effect (Lesson 7) Resources: 1

Some texts have a cause and effect organization. Authors use this structure when their main idea is about how one thing causes another. You can outline this organization in a chain.

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Non-fiction Text Structures: Main Idea: Cause and Effect (Lesson 8) Resources: 1

Some texts have a cause and effect organization. Authors use this structure when their main idea is about how one thing causes another. You can outline this organization in a chain.

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Non-fiction Text Structures: Main Idea: Descriptive (Lesson 9) Resources: 1

Some texts have a descriptive organization. Authors use this structure when their main idea is just about describing something (this might even be an all-about book with a topic and no main idea).

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Non-fiction Text Structures: Main Idea: Descriptive (Lesson 10) Resources: 1

Some texts have a descriptive organization. Authors use this structure when their main idea is just about describing something (this might even be an all-about book with a topic and no main idea).

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Non-fiction Text Structures: Main Idea: Problem/Solution (Lesson 11) Resources: 1

Some texts have a problem/solution organization. Authors use this structure when the main idea is about a problem in the world and how it can be fixed.

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Non-fiction Text Structures: Main Idea: Problem/Solution (Lesson 12) Resources: 1

Some texts have a problem/solution organization. Authors use this structure when the main idea is about a problem in the world and how it can be fixed.

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Non-fiction Text Structures: Main Idea: Problem/Solution (Lesson 13) Resources: 1

Some texts have a problem/solution organization. Authors use this structure when the main idea is about a problem in the world and how it can be fixed.

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Non-fiction Text Structures: Main Idea: Problem/Solution (Lesson 14) Resources: 2

Some texts have a problem/solution organization. Authors use this structure when the main idea is about a problem in the world and how it can be fixed.

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Non-fiction Text Structures: Main Idea: Question/Answer (Lesson 15) Resources: 1

Some texts have a question/answer organization. Authors use this when they want to ask a lot of questions that they think a reader would have and answer them. They often don’t have main ideas.

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Non-fiction Text Structures: Author's Purpose: Introductory Paragraphs (Lesson 16)

Paragraphs have purposes. Introductory paragraphs catch the reader’s attention.

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Non-fiction Text Structures: Author's Purpose: Introductory Paragraphs (Lesson 17) Resources: 1

Paragraphs have purposes. Introductory paragraphs catch the reader’s attention.

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Non-fiction Text Structures: Author's Purpose: Main Idea Paragraphs (Lesson 18)

Paragraphs have purposes. Their purpose should be clear from their main idea. In non-fiction, there is always a paragraph that introduces the main idea of the entire article.

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Non-fiction Text Structures: Author's Purpose: Main Idea Paragraphs (Lesson 19) Resources: 1

Paragraphs have purposes. Their purpose should be clear from their main idea. In non-fiction, there is always a paragraph that introduces the main idea of the entire article.

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Non-fiction Text Structures: Author's Purpose: Sequence Paragraphs (Lesson 20)

Paragraphs have purposes. Some paragraphs are meant to explain a sequence of events.

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Non-fiction Text Structures: Author's Purpose: Sequence Paragraphs (Lesson 21) Resources: 1

Paragraphs have purposes. Some paragraphs are meant to explain a sequence of events.

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Non-fiction Text Structures: Author's Purpose: Descriptive Paragraphs (Lesson 22)

Paragraphs have purposes. Some paragraphs are meant to be descriptive.

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Non-fiction Text Structures: Author's Purpose: Descriptive Paragraphs (Lesson 23) Resources: 1

Paragraphs have purposes. Some paragraphs are meant to be descriptive.

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Non-fiction Text Structures: Author's Purpose: Background Information Paragraphs (Lesson 24)

Paragraphs have purposes. Some paragraphs are meant to give background information on an important person or concept.

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Non-fiction Text Structures: Author's Purpose: Background Information Paragraphs (Lesson 25) Resources: 1

Paragraphs have purposes. (Some paragraphs are meant to give background information on an important person or concept)

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Non-fiction Text Structures: Author's Purpose: Summarize Main Idea (Lesson 26)

Paragraphs have purposes. Some paragraphs are meant to summarize the main idea or point of the text.

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Non-fiction Text Structures: Author's Purpose: Summarize Main Idea (Lesson 27) Resources: 1

Paragraphs have purposes. Some paragraphs are meant to summarize the main idea or point of the text.

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Non-fiction Text Structures: Author's Purpose: Graphic Features (Lesson 28) Resources: 2

To get the complete idea of what the author wanted to tell you (the author’s purpose in writing) you need to read, understand, and connect all parts of the text, including graphic and text features.

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Non-fiction Text Structures: Author's Purpose: Graphic Features (Lesson 29) Resources: 1

To get the complete idea of what the author wanted to tell you (the author’s purpose in writing) you need to read, understand, and connect all parts of the text, including graphic and text features.

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Non-fiction Text Structures: Author's Purpose: Graphic Features (Lesson 30) Resources: 1

To get the complete idea of what the author wanted to tell you (the author’s purpose in writing) you need to read, understand, and connect all parts of the text, including graphic and text features.

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