Identifying the Organization in a Reading Selection


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Nonfiction texts, such as news articles, scholarly journal articles, and readings from textbooks, are all considered expository texts. Authors of these informational texts organize their ideas by using basic organizational structures, such as:

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1. Why is it important for readers to be able to identify the type of organizational structure used in an informational text?

2. Can one informational text, such as a news article, contain more than one type of organizational structure? Explain why or why not.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet combo can help you quickly gauge your knowledge of how reading passages are organized. Topics you will need to know in order to do well on the quiz include organizational structures and expository texts.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this worksheet and corresponding quiz to review:

  • Nonfiction texts
  • Importance of identifying organizational structures
  • Scholarly journal texts
  • News articles

Skills Practiced

These assessment tools can help you practice the following skills:

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding news articles and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about organizational structures
  • Problem solving - use acquired knowledge to decide which type of organizational structure is being used, according to signal words

Additional Learning

To learn more about organizational structures in different passages, review the accompanying lesson called Identifying the Organization in a Reading Selection. This lesson will help you:

  • Define expository texts
  • Learn about the different types of organizational structures
  • Compare and contrast description structures and sequence of chronology structures
  • Identify signal words