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An Event For: Teachers in Grades 4-12, Special Education Teachers, Literacy Coach, Administrators

Teaching Text Structure to Improve Informational Text Comprehension and Writing

Event Description

Note: SCECHs are pending for this event.

Comprehending expository text requires students to make inferences, solve problems, reason, and use complex and varied text structures in ways that are not commonly needed in narrative texts (Armbruster & Anderson, 1980; Snow, 2002). Research suggests that instruction in text structures is a promising approach for improving reading comprehension and writing because authors use them to organize information and facts in ways that facilitate retention and recall (Hebert et al., 2016). The session provides an overview of the five common informational text structures identified by Meyer (1985), as well as effective strategies for teaching text structures to improve outcomes for late elementary and middle-grade students. Effective instructional components highlighted in this session include graphic organizers, signal and transition words, discrimination training, mnemonics, self-regulation strategies, and writing, among others.

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