As I mentioned on Wednesday, most state ELA state standards currently emphasize five major nonfiction text structures—description, sequence, compare & contrast, problem-solutions, and cause and effect. But the truth is that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to text structure.
Some books have a one-of-a-kind text structure that reinforces the book’s content, but there are also a couple of other text structures that are common in children’s nonfiction. One of them is question and answer.
Not only is Q&A a powerful way to organize information, it can also add a fun, interactive game-like quality to a book. And that’s not all. Because the Q&A format is easy for even young children to identify, it’s a great window into text structures. It can help students get their feet wet before immersing themselves in text structures that are more difficult to grasp and differentiate.
Here are some great examples: