Exploratory Students read/write in every content area. Knowing text structure improves comprehension. "Understanding the expository text structures gives readers a better shot at determining important information when reading nonfiction...If students know what to look for in terms of text structure, they grasp the meaning more easily." Stephanie Harvey, Nonfiction Matters
Types of expository text structure:
1. Sequence: Gives readers a chronology of events or a list of steps in a procedure 2. Descriptive: Detailed description of something to give the reader a mental picture 3. Main idea-detail: Makes a statement and then uses details to support it 4. Compare-contrast: Examines the similarities and differences between two or more people, events, concepts, or ideas 5. Cause-effect: Relationship between a specific event, idea, or concept, and the events, ideas, or concepts that follow 6. Problem-solution: Sets up a problem or problems, explains the solution, and then discusses the effects of the solution 7. Proposition-support: Includes both arguments and counter-arguments
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