One in a million. Yes, that’s how rare it is to have so many write-about-reading strategies so beautifully put to use. Each year Leslie Blauman guides her students to become highly skilled at supporting their thinking about texts, and in Evidence-Based Writing: Nonfiction, she shares her win-win process. Leslie combed the ELA standards and all her favorite books and built a lesson structure you can use in two ways: with an entire text or with just the excerpts she’s included in the book. Addressing Evidence, Relationships, Main Idea, Point of View, Visuals, Words and Structure, each section includes: Lessons you can use as teacher demonstrations or for guided practice, with Best the Test tips on how to authentically teach the skills that show up on exams with the texts you teach. Prompt Pages serve as handy references, giving students the key questions to ask themselves as they read any text and consider how an author’s meaning and structure combine. Excerpts-to-Write About Pages feature carefully selected passages from current biographies, informational books, and articles on the topics you teach and questions that require students to discover a text’s literal and deeper meanings. Write-About-Reading Templates scaffold students to think about a text efficiently by focusing on its critical craft elements or text structure demands and help them rehearse for more extensive responses. Writing Tasks invite students to transform their notes into a more developed paragraph or essay with sufficiently challenging tasks geared for grades 6-8. And best of all, your students gain a confidence in responding to complex texts and ideas that will serve them well in school, on tests, and in any situation when they are asked: What are you basing that on? Show me how you know.
Identify Text Structure
Identify Text Structure
Overall Structure: Authors use devices such as transitions, organizational patterns (compare/contrast, cause/effect, problem/solution), and strategies (chronological order, order of importance) that allow them to emphasize certain ideas, events, concepts, or information.
Structure of Texts: This refers to how authors organize their ideas and the text as a whole. Through structural patterns—at the sentence, the paragraph, and the whole-text level—authors emphasize certain ideas and effects. This can also be accomplished using structural patterns such as problem/solution and cause/effect. Authors emphasize certain ideas, events, concepts, or information.
Prompts for Noticing Text Structure
- How are the main sections of the text organized?
- What organizational pattern does the author use?
- How does this pattern help me explain events, ideas, or information in the text?
- Which component—a sentence, paragraph, chapter, ...