Monday, March 1, 2021

Resources for Educators: Text Structures


 More and more, teachers are requesting educational resources that go beyond traditional teachers guides and activity sheets. So while I do still have those kinds of materials on my website, I’m also offering resources that delve deeply into the nonfiction reading and writing process from an author’s point of view.

Some of these resources focus on books I’ve written and describe various stages of my creative process in detail, while others provide more general information  and highlight books written by a wide variety of nonfiction authors. 

On Mondays this year, I’m sharing some of these resources and providing ideas for how they might be used in the classroom. Today, I’m going to continue discussing the Writing Activities and Mentor Text sections, which you can access by clicking on the Nonfiction Writing Resources icon.

Under the Text Structures link, you’ll find recommended books by text structure, information about common text structures not mentioned in most state standards, a article discussing the similarities between choosing a text structure and shopping for a pair of pants, and 5 activities that will give students practice moving from one text structure to another as they try to find the best structure for a particular piece of writing.

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