Strategies for Students

Clues to reading informative articles and books - there is an organizational pattern for most types of informational  or expository text. 
We will work through this using an article and your science text.

We will use this article as our basis for identifying and using identify organizational text structures, signal words, managing vocabulary, and identifying the author's purpose.  (Note: if these are not helpful to you, ask your teacher for additional strategies.)

Priority
Key Point
Student actvity
1.
The purpose of the informational text determines the text structure.
2.
If you don't look for the text structure, you might get lost in the words!

3.
RECOGNIZING AND USING TEXT STRUCTURE IS A SKILL THAT REQUIRES EFFORT! WORK AT IT.

4. There are different graphic organizers for each text structure. You will learn to select and use the correct one.  We will use this one for the article linkes above.

5.
Part of your pre-reading strategy is to look for clues or signal words about the text structure. 
*Read the article and look for key words/phrases here and here.
6.
Look through the article again.  Search for relationships between ideas. Look, too, for descriptions, attributes, and specifics.
Decide if this is a descriptive article or a cause and effect article.
7.
Once you are relatively certain, select the appropriate graphic organizer based on your text structure. 
Choose either:
Descriptive - or -
Cause and Effect #1 #2.
8.
Begin reading the article for comprehension. 
Use your chosen graphic organizer (step 7) to take notes on what the article is saying.




Notes:
There are more than two text structures.  We will review all of them in time.  Today, you are choosing between two.

Resources:
*http://www.literacyleader.com/sites/litlead.essdack.org/files/Text%20Structure%20GCHS.ppt.pdf
*http://www.readingrockets.org/article/52251/
 http://www.fcrr.org/curriculum/PDF/G4-5/45CPartTwo.pdf