Text Structures ~ Make Your Own Anchor Chart

Text Structures - Make Your Own Anchor Chart with these PrintablesRead definitions of the different text structures including examples and grab the free printables to make this Text Structures Anchor Chart.

Text structures are the different organizational patterns nonfiction texts can be written. Which should you teach text structures?

 

There are five common structures used for nonfiction texts.

Teaching Description using the Empire State Building as an Example

 

Description

Descriptive texts describe the characteristics and features of an event or topic.

For example, when reading a descriptive article about the Empire State Building, the reader would most likely learn that it is 1,250 feet tall with 102 floors.

 

Teaching Squencing using the Empire State Building as an Example

Chronological/
Sequence

Chronological order usually refers to how things happen in order of time.

For example, in a chronological order text about the Empire State Building, the reader would most likely discover that the building took 410 days to complete. President Herbert Hoover first turned the lights on inside on May 1, 1931.

Sequential order usually refers to steps in a process or event.

When reading a sequential order article about the Empire State Building, you might learn where to go to purchase a ticket, how to get to the 86th floor where the observation deck is located, and where to go to see the best views of the city on that deck.

 

Teaching Problems and Solutions using the Empire State Building as an Example

Problem and Solution

Articles with the problem/solution structure state a problem and then explain its solution.

For example, the Empire State Building opened just as the United States was entering the Great Depression. The problem was solved 20 years later when companies moved into Manhattan and office space was scarce.

 

Teaching Cause and Effect using the Empire State Building as an Example

Cause and Effect

The cause and effect structure is used to show relationships between events. Because this happened…then this happened. In contrast to this event…this took place.

For example, the Empire State Building lights up its spire in colors to match seasonal and world events. The effect is quite a spectacle. The building turns vibrant green for St. Patrick’s Day. It turned blue for the death of Frank Sinatra. When New York sports teams play home games, the building even turns the colors of the team.

 

Teaching Compare and Contrast using the Empire State Building as an Example

Compare and Contrast

Compare and contrast articles point out similarities and differences between two or more categories. Keywords include same, alike, in contrast, and on the other hand.

For example, The Empire State Building is often compared to other man-made structures around the world. It holds the record for the tallest skyscraper in structural height for 42 years. Today the tallest building in the world is Burj Khalifa. It uses only have the amount of steel as the Empire State Building due to its tubular structure system.

Free Printable Text Structure Anchor Chart

This text structure anchor chart has been one of the most popular anchor charts at Book Units Teacher. Because of this, I have decided to provide printables, so you can quickly create your own text structures anchor chart.

 

Get the printables from this post including the Empire State Building examples and printables to make the Text Structures Anchor Chart.

Text Structures Anchor Chart

Free Printable Anchor Chart for Text Structures

Free Printables to Create One of My Most Popular Anchor Charts

Here is what the completed anchor chart will look like. Both color and blackline illustrations are provided. Print the pieces onto colored paper, cut out the boxes, and glue them onto a standard 20 by 30-inch piece of chart paper. You’ll have a ready-to-use anchor chart in just minutes.

You can download the printables here.

 

Do you need additional teaching resources? Check out Text Structures at Teachers Pay Teachers. Text Structures Bundled Set includes the units Cause and Effect, Problems and Solutions, Compare and Contrast, and Sequencing. 

Text Structures Bundled Set includes the units Cause and Effect, Problems and Solutions, Compare and Contrast, and Sequencing.

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FREE Sequencing Writing Activity
Cause and Effect

 

Compare and Contrast
Problems and Solutions

 

 

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