Cultivating Close Reading : Text Structure

Newsela Anchor Standard

  • Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.

Newsela PRO Applications

Structures of Nonfiction Texts

  • Sequence, Compare/ Contrast, Cause/ Effect, Question/ Answer, Problem/ Solution, Description
  • Keyword Signals for Cause and Effect: since, so that, nevertheless, because, therefore, consequently, as a result, due to
  •  Tip:
    • Highlight Cause & Effect “signals” in GREEN.
    • Annotate at least 3 details to explain the cause and effect connection.
    • Submit Write prompt.
    • Complete Quiz.

Heading Creation

  • Read article for understanding.
  • Ask questions about sections, headings, and paragraphs.
  • Create an original heading for a section and/or new title for the article.
  •  Tip:
    • Read for understanding.
    • Answer teacher question Annotations in YELLOW.
    • Highlight headings in BLUE. Annotate with your new heading.
    • Submit Write prompt.
    • Complete Quiz.

Community Strategies

  • Graphic Organizers - T-Chart, Venn Diagram, Flow Charts
  • Socratic Seminars  
  • Debate - Defend a particular viewpoint or writing style
  • Sequencing - Timeline
  • Interactive Notebooks

Text Set

For examples of each Newsela PRO strategy, download the attached PDF. 

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