Text Structure The term “text structure” refers to how information is organized in a passage. The structure of a text can change multiple times in a work and even within a paragraph. Students are often required to identify text structures on state reading tests; therefore, it is important that they are given exposure to the various patterns of organization. This page will briefly explain seven commonly used patterns of organization, provide examples, and then offer users free text structure worksheets and interactive online practice activities to help students learn this essential reading skill. Cause and Effect:The results of something are explained.Example: The dodo bird used to roam in large flocks across America. Compare and Contrast: two or more things are described. Order of Importance: information is expressed as a hierarchy or in priority.Example: Here are the three worst things that you can do on a date. Do you think you can recognize these patterns of organization?
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