Text Structure Worksheets
Related ELA Standard: RI.4.5
When we are reading just about anything there are general strategies that authors use to communicate with their readers. The way in which this text is organized helps students understand how a text might present a main idea and provide supporting details. Understanding the root of way in which series of text is arranged can definitely improve your ability to comprehend what you are reading. This skill builds up from cause and effect skill, identifying problems and their solutions, or least is the next progression of this skill. The activities that you will find available for teachers and students here will help students identify common text structures such as sequences, descriptions, compare/contrast, cause/effect, and problem/solution. These worksheets are very helpful for students to learn the various strategies that writers will us along the way. You will find the worksheets invaluable along this process.
Text Structure Worksheets:
Just Ducky! - See if you can decipher the intention of the information presented to you.
About the Bully - Decide if each passage is A. Compare/Contrast, B. Spatial/Descriptive, or C. Chronological.
What a Joint! - See if you can determine the missing words and phrases. You will look at all the different ways to classify text.
Getting Dirty! - We add in problem/solution format here. Read each passage and identify how the information is being organized.
The Porcupine Papers - We really do love our spiked friends. See how the stories about them were put together for you.
A Lesson in Manners - Can you decide on a solution for each character? Read the passage. Then complete the organizer.
The Clever Slave - Read the story. Identify the text structure in each numbered passage.
Foreign Lands - Give an example of some of the words in the poem that support your answer.
A Story of Old Rome - The Cause and Effect structure is very common in stories, since in order for the story to unfold, one event usually leads to another, which leads to another, and so on.
Structure in Poems - Read each poem. Identify its structure. Write your answer on the line.
Spelunking - This one has a bit of an organizer to work out. What kind of ideas are put in a sequence in this passage?
What Should I Eat? - See if you determine how these short batches of text were put together.
Text Structure - Identify the structure of each passage. Write its letter on its line. We establish four different types of forms here.
The Butterfly - Read each passage and identify how the information is being organized.
How to Describe the Overall Structure of Text?
Here is a list of all the different types of structural texts and ways to describe them.
Chronological order is one of the most common types of text structures. You will find it in many texts throughout your academic life. Chronological order is common in stories and novels. Usually, fiction books have a chronological written structure. One way to easily identify chronological order of the text is to see if the story is being told from beginning till the end. As this order follows a fixed timeline, words like firstly, first, then, next, finally, and lastly are used in chronological order.
Cause and Effect
Most academic and informational texts follow the structural order of cause and effect. This writing style talks about an event or thing at first. The reader is enlightened by the definition and explanation of that thing. In the next part, the consequences and effects of it are discussed. It mentions all the casual factors of it. In order to identify and describe this structure, you can skim through the text. Identify the cause of the first part of the text. Chances are that the final part will discuss the effects of it.
Problem and Solution
This is another type of structure to write texts. In order to describe this type of structure, you talk about a specific problem at first. You mention all the aspects of it. After that, the solutions to the problem are discussed thoroughly.
This type of structure describes and defines a specific topic or thing. It is fixed on one particular topic, such texts focus on the details. These texts are all about detail. They often leave no stone unturned or left up to the reader to infer. They almost give you too much information to digest.