The purpose of this blog post is to share a complete text structures lesson with you. To be completely honest, I've received such positive, thoughtful feedback about my free character traits lesson, that I decided to create a similar text structure lesson for my followers, too! If you read through this post, and decide that you want to try this activity with your students, be sure to click on the following image. Everything you need for this lesson is FREE! (Well, almost everything… you’ll have to provide your own anchor chart paper and clipboards! :))
To begin the lesson, I would share the unfinished anchor chart with students and follow these steps:
- Hold up one of the images, and ask students to tell me which row it belonged in.
- Glue the first image in place.
- Ask students to help me think of a guiding question for that text structure that I could place in the middle column.
- Instruct students to turn to a partner and list some of the signal words we have learned for that text structure.
- Tell students that I'm going to jot down a few of the words I heard mentioned during the partner conversations that just took place, and do so beside the image (as shown).
- Repeat the previous five steps with the other four text structures.
The next component of this lesson includes these five clipboards. As you can see, each clipboard is labeled with the name of a text structure and its matching graphic. I also assigned a number to each clipboard.
|The incredible text structure clipart is by Aim Less Daze.|
I would tell students to listen carefully as I read aloud a passage. (I would also use a document camera to display the passages so my students could follow along.) Students need to match the passage to the correct text structure. To make sure everyone remains engaged, I would instruct students to display each answer by holding up fingers… 1 finger for description, two fingers for sequence, three fingers for compare and contrast, etc. After asking a few students to justify their answer (hopefully by using some of the language from our anchor chart), I would clip the passage onto the correct clipboard. Once all eight passages have all been classified, your clipboards will look like this:
Finally, I would have my students add the following clipboard images to their reading notebooks. Students can refer to the anchor chart as they write the guided question under each clipboard.
(Notice that only the top of each clipboard is glued in place, allowing it to be flipped up and written beneath.)
If you are looking for additional resources for teaching text structures to your upper elementary students, feel free to check out the following resources. The entire bundle shown below is currently priced at $8.99, or each individual item is available for purchase, as well.
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