Reflection: Gradual Release Close Reading: Cracking Questions About the Craft and Structure of an Informational Text - Section 4: Independent Practice: Annotating to Understand Structures of Text


What a FUN way to have CLASS!!! This lesson is all about understanding how and why an author creates certain elements in their story. The lesson starts with understanding vocabulary words that relate to an author's craft and structure. Students need this information so they can begin making connections to how the craft and structure of a text could be asked in various ways on a standardized test. Then the FUN BEGINS!!!!!!!!!!!!

Students have a brief moment to review text structure in a game. Since I love competitions, I had the girls play against the boys. While my students hate this kind of segregation, I love to see which genders steps up to the plate. Also, it makes the game just a little more interesting. Because of time, we weren't able to get through the entire game and annotate the passage. So we played the game up until 100 points then worked on the passage. Although text structure may not help all students fully comprehend a piece of literature, it does guide students with the way various structures read in a text. 

One confession that I want to make is that some students had to be guided with the different text structures used throughout the story. Because many signal words were not used in this particular story, I had to talk students through how to recognize the structure in a text. A major way to help students discover text structure is by looking at the central idea and ways supporting details are placed in a paragraph. Based on how this information reads, students can distinguish text structure even when signal words aren't present.

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  Gradual Release: Activities on Text Structure Reflection
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Close Reading: Cracking Questions About the Craft and Structure of an Informational Text

Unit 8: Close Reading Strategies: Ways to Interpret & Analyze Literary Texts
Lesson 2 of 9

Objective: SWBAT identify, determine, and analyze the way paragraphs are structured to impact their overall comprehension of an informational story.

Big Idea: Check out the author's craftsmanship when designing those paragraphs! Can structure really aid my comprehension of a text?

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