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Knowledge and Skills Statement

Multiple genres: listening, speaking, reading, writing, and thinking using multiple texts--genres. The student recognizes and analyzes genre-specific characteristics, structures, and purposes within and across increasingly complex traditional, contemporary, classical, and diverse texts.

Provide small groups of students with two informational texts. Task students with identifying the organizational pattern for each and analyzing how the organizational pattern supports the information in the text.

Further Explanation

Students should be able to analyze how the information in the text is supported by the organizational pattern used. Students analyze these organizational patterns to understand how topics, categories, and subcategories are organized.

Students should understand that informational texts have distinguishing characteristics, such as the use of a controlling idea or thesis to guide the focus of the writing, and that these texts can be structured in various ways to serve specific purposes. Students in this grade should be familiar enough with these characteristics and structures to be able to examine the intent and effect of their use in texts.
a text that presents information in order to explain, clarify, and/or educate
Informational text is often organized in a way that best reflects the purpose of the piece. Because informational texts often seek to inform or explain various aspects of a topic, students should understand that different organizational patterns may be used within a single text depending on how the ideas within the text are related. For example, an informational article about the branches of government might structure a section about the branches by categorizing their functions.