Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8

*Click to open and customize your own copy of the Text Structures Lesson Plan

This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Text Structures, and supports the standard of describing the overall structure of events, ideas, concepts, or information in a text. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Display examples of two nonfiction texts with noticeably different structures, like a recipe and an encyclopedia entry. Ask students:

  • How are these texts different? 
  • How might the structure of each text help a reader to understand it? 

Step 2: BUILD KNOWLEDGE

Step 3: APPLY and ASSESS 

Students take the Text Structures Challenge and Quiz, applying essential literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.

Step 4: EXTEND and DEEPEN
Students express what they learned about text structures while practicing essential literacy skills with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student needs.

  • Make-a-Movie: Produce a tutorial about text structure that answers this question: What key words, phrases, or ideas can help you to identify a text’s structure? 
  • Make-a-Map: Make a concept map identifying the structure of a nonfiction text you’ve read. Describe the features of that text structure.  
  • Creative Coding: Code a game challenging players to sort titles and headlines based on the text structure the articles most likely use. 

More to Explore

After the Storm: Challenge players to run a city’s online news magazine in this interactive game. 

Additional Support Resources:

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

Comments