Tennessee Curriculum Center

Expository Text Structure Activities

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About This Resource

This Teacher Resource Guide accompanies the Fourth and Fifth Grade (4-5) Student Center Activities developed by the Florida Center for Reading Research and funded by Just Read, Florida!. It is designed to assist teachers in differentiating instruction by using independent student center activities that support comprehension of expository text. 

Connections to Standards

This document contains ready-to-print learning centers, workstations, or student practice games. Several activities are included to help students with components of expository text structure. These components include text features, details in text, main idea and supporting details, paraphrasing text, summarizing expository text, cause and effect, and text structures. There are excellent graphic organizers that can be used with initial instruction as well. Each activity provides student objectives, needed materials, and step-by-step student instructions. Just print, laminate, cut and learn!

Alignment to Standards

Continue to develop logic skills to facilitate learning and to enhance thoughtful reasoning.
Use logic to make inferences and draw conclusions in a variety of oral and written contexts.
Apply logic skills to classroom situations and to selections read.
Apply skills and strategies to comprehend informational texts.
Continue to develop critical listening skills necessary for comprehension and task completion.
Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.
Describe the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in a text or part of a text.
Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears.