Reflection: Adjustments to Practice Everyone Loves a Little Structure: Structures of Informational Text Overview - Section 5: Closure


When I pre-assessed my students, I saw that they didn't show much knowledge of the structures. The structures are a 4th grade common core skill, and my district adopted the common core three years ago, so I thought they would have more background knowledge. I used this lesson to build that background before moving on to the 5th grade standard. Reading two texts with similar topics, but different structures can be a difficult task for students, so I wanted my kids to be ready. What I found was that my students remembered things quickly and I felt like this was a good amount of review. My goal was to present the information in a few ways to give them a stronger foundation, so I'm hoping that will happen throughout this unit.

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  Adjustments to Practice: Student Background Knowledge
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Everyone Loves a Little Structure: Structures of Informational Text Overview

Unit 2: Tearing into Informational Text
Lesson 1 of 9

Objective: SWBAT understand that authors use five structures (descriptive, cause and effect, problem and solution, compare and contrast, and chronological) when creating nonfiction writing and are able to identify these structures.

Big Idea: Just like houses, nonfiction writing needs a solid structure to keep it from collapsing.

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English / Language Arts, Nonfiction (Reading), Nonfiction Literature, text structures, interactive notebook, informational text
  42 minutes
structure of books
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