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Do you teach non-fiction text structures? Are your students familiar with the five most common text structures for non-fiction? In welcoming the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS), schools across the country are making big changes to their curriculum and instruction (K-12). The CCSS were designed with the end-goal of preparing all students for college and career success. The standards provide an academic road map for each grade-level and define expectations for higher levels of student achievement. New York State, among many other states, has adopted these standards, and is on the path toward aligning curriculum and content to integrate these higher levels of learning. A Focus on Non-Fiction: If you’re anything like me, you strive to stay fresh and up-to-date in your instruction each year. With the new Common Core ELA standards, non-fiction is becoming the primary focus, as students are expected to be proficient in reading complex informational texts. The Non-Fiction Text Structures: