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Nonfiction Text Structures

Middle Grades

Joseph Griffin

on 16 September 2013

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Transcript of Nonfiction Text Structures

Nonfiction Organizational Patterns
Text Structure
MOST fiction stories are organized
chronologically (time order)
Nonfiction texts use different text structures.
Each paragraph may even use
a different structure.

Here are 5 types:
Text Structure =
How text is organized
Sensory and descriptive details help readers visualize information.

Answers the Who, What, How, Where, and When of a topic/subject.
Does not take place at any specific point in time.
Combine slices
Spread jelly
Spread peanut butter
Open jars
Get bread
Put on
Make Two
Tie Loops
Steps are described in the order they do or should occur.
Sequence / Order of Importance
Hospital cases
went up.
Nunchuck sales
Increased 400%
Many Karate
Schools Opened.
Lots of Karate Movies in 60’s
Why Dog
Ran Away
Not loving it.
Not petting it.
Not feeding it.
Explains reasons why something happened (causes)

or explains the results (effects) of something.
Cause and Effect
Cause & Effect
With an Opinion. And an answer.
Make laws to
protect them.
Eagles were
Putting in
the Closet
Author states a problem and suggests or provides a solution(s).

Problem and Solution
Have Seeds
Apples &
Compare = find similarities Contrast = find differences

Shows what’s in common and what’s different.
Compare and Contrast
Take a look at the following
examples of each type of text
Deviled Eggs
Pop out (remove) the egg yolks to a small bowl and mash with a fork.
Add mayonnaise, mustard powder, vinegar, salt and pepper and mix thoroughly.
Fill the empty egg white shells with the mixture and sprinkle lightly with paprika.
Cover lightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to one day before serving.
Sports at Ericson
There are two popular sports played at Ericson, basketball and volleyball. Both take place inside of the gym at Ericson. Also, each sport has two teams of people. In basketball, however, the ball can be played off of the floor, and in volleyball, the ball cannot touch the floor or it is out of play. Basketball and volleyball are popular sports at Ericson.
Failing Classes
Lots of students fail classes. Some students fail because the work is too hard for them. Other times they may fail because they are lazy, and don’t do any work. Another reason why students may fail is if they don’t go to school. If you’re not in class you may miss a lot. Many students fail classes every quarter.
Passing Classes
A lot of students have been failing classes. These students wouldn’t be failing classes if they studied more, asked questions, tried harder, and came in for extra help. Even though a lot of students fail classes, they have many options if they want to pass.
Gail Denvers
Devers experienced the highlight of any sprinter’s career, as she stood on the huge platform in the giant stadium and received an Olympic gold medal. Eighteen months earlier she wasn’t thinking about running. She was hoping that she would be able to walk again.
Just four years earlier, in the summer of 1988, as Devers was training for the Olympic Games, to be held in Seoul, South Korea, she began to feel very tired all the time and failed to make the Olympic finals.
Three Types of Circus Clowns
Generally, there are three categories of circus clowns—whiteface, august and character. Each has a specific makeup style and costume. Each has a typical act as well.
The neat whiteface is usually a strict, in-charge character who sets up the punch line for the joke with a partner His facial features are neatly detailed in red or black. Circus legend has it that the august clown got his name from a German nickname for someone who is clumsy. The august wears light-colored makeup, but white is used around the mouth and eyes, and there’s a big red nose. This clown performs a great deal of slapstick humor. Character clowns perform as different personalities—cowboys, scarecrows, grandmothers or symphony conductors. The most famous character clown, however, is the tramp. Tramps wear different styles of makeup and costumes that are torn or shabby. Some tramp clowns are happy-go-lucky. Others are extremely sad. Still others act like gentlemen who just happen to be out of money.
HOW TO USE THE MICROSCOPE 1. Plug in the lamp. 2. Place a sample of what you wish to observe on a slide. 3. Adjust the mirror so it reflects light from the room up into the objective lens. 4. Place your slide with the specimen directly over the center of the glass circle on the stage. 5. With the LOW POWER objective lens placed over the slide, use the coarse focus knob. 6. Look through the eyepiece with one eye while closing the other eye. 7. Use the fine focus knob to fine
Fewer Toads
Though toads are still around, they no longer are as common in some areas as they were a few decades ago. The growing use of insecticides has reduced their numbers. The chemical sprays usually do not harm toads, but cut down the animals’ food supply. Thereby, the toads do not have enough food to survive. There are fewer toads in many areas populated by humans.
Restoring the Toad

Dr. Knapp doesn’t want people to sit back and let the toad vanish. He believes that everyone is responsible for restoring the toad species. Dr. Knapp thinks we could help restore the toad population if we stop mowing parts of our lawns and let the grass grow wild to reserve space for the toad. He also believes we need to stop using pesticides and fertilizers. The chemicals kill the insects that toads eat. If we preserve some spaces in our lawns and stop using fertilizers, Dr. Knapp believes we can save the toads.
Text Structure - Sequence
Structure = Compare & Contrast
Text Structure = Cause & Effect
Text Structure = Problem & Solution
Wolves live and hunt in family groups called packs. Their prey ranges from mice and rabbits to deer and moose. They work together to catch and kill prey. Then they share together in the feast.
Wolf packs range in size from as few as two to as many as 30 members. Every pack is headed by a single leader, or alpha, and his mate...
text structure = description
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