Analyzing Text Structure Patterns

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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.

Warm Up

5 minutes

Today is Trailer Tuesday, so I will show students a book trailer or two depending on length. I select trailers for new release books and great books that students aren't picking up. (The link provided will take you to an earlier lesson with my reflection explaining more about my use of book trailers.)

There are several sites online for locating book trailers.  A quick search on you tube will locate several. Of course, always preview the trailer before showing a class.

Group Work

40 minutes

For today's lesson each table has been assigned and has copies of a different informational text (six tables = six texts).  Students will have read the text the night before, so they will come to class familiar and ready to work with the text.  

Students will need a reference point, and that is the powerpoint, text structure chart and handouts from the past several lessons.  My students will have many handouts in their binder and the powerpoint we have used linked online.  Since I have laptops in the classroom and utilize blended learning, I link any resource electronically to my students' Edmodo classroom.  If you do not have this capability, I suggest printing "handout" copies of the powerpoint with 6 slides per page so students can have a copy to refer to when needed. Theoretically, they would have been using this for many days.

In a central location in the room I will post copies of five graphic templates that are reflective of the five text structures we have covered in the days prior to this lesson -chronological, compare/contrast, cause/effect, problem/solution and description.  

Their goal is to examine the structure of the text and choose the template that fits the structure. After selecting their template, they may work as a group (while completing individual templates) to use words with or without images to outline the text and discuss why the author chose that structure.  Students should use paraphrasing to outline the text, but must also include specific textual evidence. Creativity is encouraged.  We want the text to come alive with the template almost like a graphic novel version of the piece.

Wrap Up

10 minutes

To wrap up, each table will share their work aloud.