The University of Iowa

eLearning Using Text Structures to Understand and Summarize Text Module

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Recognizing and understanding the different text structures that authors use to organize information in a text can help students better comprehend the text. This module reviews common text structures and the appropriate graphic organizers students can use with each to summarize what they read. The module also explains how to teach students to recognize text structures by using a seven-step instructional approach aligned to explicit instruction.

Estimated Time to Complete the Module

1 hour

Using Text Structures to Understand and Summarize Text Module Sections:

Section 1: Review of Text Structures and Graphic Organizers

Section 2: Teaching Students to Recognize Text Structures

Section 3: Planning Lessons

Grade Range

Grades 3-5

Registration Cost

  • Free for: Iowa in-service K-12 teachers and AEA personnel

  • $10 for: All others

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