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Teaching Problems and Solutions

Problems and Solutions

Teaching students to understand problems and solutions is a breeze with real-life examples, but spotting them in the nonfictional text is much more difficult.

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Teaching Compare and Contrast

Compare and Contrast Mini Lesson

To compare and contrast means to look for similarities and differences in people, places, things, or ideas. Several different graphic organizers can be used to aid with categorizing information. Four visuals include Venn diagrams, T-charts, double bubble maps, and matrix charts.

Venn-Diagrams

Venn diagrams use closed shapes (usually circles). Use Venn diagrams to depict logical relations between terms or topics. Venn diagrams illustrate inclusion, exclusion, or intersection. Their main purpose is to organize information visually so that relationships between sets of items can be easily seen. Continue Reading

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Text Structures ~ Make Your Own Anchor Chart

Text Structures - Make Your Own Anchor Chart with these Printables

Read 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? Continue Reading

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Three Fun Activities to Help Teach Sequencing

Three Fun Activities to Help Teach Sequencing

Narratives may use different sequencing techniques to make the story more interesting. Some common sequencing techniques include:

  • Flashbacks fill in details that took place in the past.
  • Foreshadowing includes hints as to what is to take place in the future.
  • Students can remember sequence by noting chronological order clue words such as first, next, after, and so on.

Another type of sequencing that appears in nonfiction text is logical order. This uses headings, subheadings, and other text features to guide students through the material. Continue Reading

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Teaching Cause and Effect

Cause and Effect

Teaching cause and effect shows up in the Common Core State States in third grade. As you can see from the standards listed below, text structure skills grow in complexity as students become older.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.8 Describe the logical connection between particular sentences and paragraphs in a text (e.g., comparison, cause/effect, first/second/third in a sequence). Continue Reading

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Chronological, Sequential, and Consecutive Order

Teaching Chronological, Sequential, and Consecutive Order.

I have found that teaching my students that they may order nonfiction texts in three different ways – chronological, sequential, and consecutive order – really helps their comprehension of the material. Continue Reading

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