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SESSION 3  |  Grades K-12  |  Handout

Understand how text structure impacts comprehension

Build anchor charts

Introduce readers to the visible text tools authors provide that help them locate information, better understand information, and learn more information.

Recognize story structure

Compare literary genres.

Go beyond the physical characteristics that define short stories v. poems v. dramas. Reveal the more subtle differences in content, ingredients, parts, advantages, and limitations of each.

Review story elements.

Place story elements within the plot map.

Grades K-1 | Jamboard
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Grades 2-3 | Jamboard
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Grades 4-12 | Jamboard
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Identify the 6 ways to organize informational text

Connect text structure to author purpose.

Expect stuctures to vary among sections in longer texts.

See the What & Why structure of persuasive texts

YOUNGER READERS: Explain how an author organized a persuasive text.

Explain in words and sentences what the author thinks
and the reasons he thinks it.

OLDER READERS: Explain or trace an author’s argument using the table analogy.

Utilize opinion-based and biased texts on informational topics.

Several websites offer excellent informative text that reveals hot topics, current trends, and kid-friendly issues.