Reflection: Lesson Planning Text Structure: Problem/Solution Part 2 - Section 2: Lesson


I find that when I introduce problem/solution structure my students appear to "get it" until they are expected to read a cold text and determine if it is cause and effect or problem/solution.  

There are so many similarities between these two structures.  For example, graphic organizers are often the same,  and signal words are the same.  To attempt to head this off, I discuss it with students as we learn about problem/solution.

I teach them to focus on the topic of the piece and to ask themselves -if there is a problem is there also a solution or solutions given? This question helps students to determine when they are reading about cause and effect in stead of problem solution since in cause and effect while a problem may be the cause or effect of something, the piece isn't going to offer solutions.

  Confusing Cause/ Effect with Problem/Solution
  Lesson Planning: Confusing Cause/ Effect with Problem/Solution
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Text Structure: Problem/Solution Part 2

Unit 6: Informational Text - Persevering through the Adversity of our World Part 1
Lesson 12 of 16

Objective: SWBAT write using problem/solution order.

Big Idea: Demonstrating with our own problem solving.

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