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Text Structures

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Deanna Dusseau-Garno

on 18 August 2013

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Walk With Me...
For the last five years I have been on a writing journey. Along the way I found that I actually can write myself. My verbal communication may not always come out of my mouth as I plan, but put a pen in my hand and I will do just fine. I have a passion for the craft, which was not always the case. Writing was always a little scary for me. I had to learn to let go of the idea that I would get it wrong. It is my hope that writing becomes part of your everyday classroom experience. Kids are very reluctant writers, as I once was, so it is our job to show them that it is okay to make mistakes and that with practice they will be better. The more they do it, the better they will be. Please know that my door is always open...don't be afraid to walk through it . Thank you for your time today:-)
The way a writer crafts their piece is different every time. However, depending on the author's purpose, the topic and the text type you are trying to achieve, the piece being crafted does follow some basic organizational text structures. All students should know...

Organizational Structures


-Story Elements -Cause and Effect
- Characters -Sequence
-Setting -Description
-Problem /Solution -Problem/solution
-Plot -Compare and Contrast
Text Types &
Text Structures
Five Basic
Deanna Dusseau-Garno
When it comes to writing, one of the first steps in the process is understanding your purpose and your audience. Once that is established, the writer can then move on to the text type and the structure they will be using to craft their piece. The different forms of writing are often known as text types, which is also the way they are referred to in the Common Core Standards. There are three reason that we write. We write to tell a story, to inform, and to persuade. Like every piece of writing, there are steps to the process. Many ask what those steps include and "How" the piece is created.

The "How" is simply following and understanding organizational structures of written text. In terms of writing, text structure does not differ from that of reading, however, writing the structure is more difficult for some than reading it. Teaching students how to use text structures to write essays can only help them recognize those same structures when they read. In turn, allowing for better comprehension of the material they are trying to convey.
Explains the reasons
why something
Explains the effects
of something
Compare and Contrast
Shows how two or more things are alike and/or how they are different
Same as
As well as
Not only...but also
On the other hand
Different from
As opposed to
Steps described in the order that they occur
Tells about a problem
and sometimes says why there is a problem
Gives one or more possible
solutions; similar to cause
and effect
Question is...
To solve this...
One answer is...
A topic, idea, person, place or thing is described by listing its features, characteristics, or examples
For Instance..
For Example...
Such as...
To illustrate...
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