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Teach readers to discern 5 nonfiction text structures

As we prepare readers to infer a text’s main idea and eventually the author’s purpose, it’s important to build a foundation of understanding about text structures.

Stories or narrative texts have a predictable text structure. They ALWAYS present a character who faces a conflict that gets resolved. This consistent organization makes it easier for students to follow.

However, nonfiction text is not so predictable; it can utilize one of five different text patterns.

Duration: 4:02 | Grades 3-12