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Ch 5: Analyzing Text Structure: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.5

About This Chapter

Our appealing video lessons will make tackling text structure analysis with students in grades 11-12 fun while meeting the Common Core requirements. Along the way, you might want to try some of the extra teaching ideas to put these concepts to use in your classroom right now.

Standard: Analyze in detail how a complex primary source is structured, including how key sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text contribute to the whole. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.5)

About This Chapter

Understanding effective structure for informational text can aid students in both their reading comprehension and writing abilities. When the skills have been mastered, they will be adept at understanding readings in history and social studies, in addition to other content areas. The following topics are included in this collection of lessons:

  • Argument structure in essays
  • Crafting persuasive essays
  • Organizing essays and building outlines
  • Sentence and paragraph structure
  • Strong introductions and conclusions
  • Part to whole text analysis

You can be sure that students have attained this standard when they can successfully build arguments, outlines, introductions, bodies and conclusions for persuasive essays. Meeting this standard through related lessons can help students in college courses and in careers requiring effective reading comprehension and writing skills.

How to Use These Lessons in Your Classroom

Looking for ways to reinforce your curriculum and our videos? Check out the following ideas to clarify this Common Core standard in your classroom.

All Together, Now!

Students will brainstorm essay ideas and arguments. After voting on their favorite, the teacher will lead students through the process of building an outline and organizing the essay.

Using Sources

Challenge students to find sources for the essay topic chosen above. Ask students to share their findings. In a whole group setting, teacher models the use of select sources to support the essay outline.

In Conclusion…

After sharing sources and diving into the findings, teacher guides the students in fashioning a strong introduction and conclusion for the class essay. The class is then divided into groups to draft the individual sections of the essay, after being reminded of the tips and tricks for sentence and paragraph structure from the video lesson.

5 Lessons in Chapter 5: Analyzing Text Structure: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.5
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How to Structure an Argument in Your Essay

1. How to Structure an Argument in Your Essay

When you write a persuasive essay, it's important to think about how you'll construct your argument, from how you'll arrange your major points to how and where you'll refute opposing views. This video covers some of the basics for structuring an argument.

How to Write a Persuasive Essay and Use Several Sources

2. How to Write a Persuasive Essay and Use Several Sources

In a persuasive essay in which you cite multiple sources, it's important to strike the right balance and use your sources to support your points without depending on them too much. In this lesson, we'll cover how to use multiple sources effectively to support your argument while still fully developing your own ideas in a persuasive essay.

Essay Organization and Outline Building

3. Essay Organization and Outline Building

Creating an outline before writing an academic essay doesn't take that long to do and can greatly improve the quality of your essay. This lesson covers the basics of how to put together an effective outline that will cover all of the right points.

Introductions and Conclusions: Best Practices and Advice

4. Introductions and Conclusions: Best Practices and Advice

Take the opportunity in your introductory and concluding paragraphs to create good impressions. This lesson walks you through a variety of methods for making the most of the first and last paragraphs in your academic essay.

Analyzing Parts of a Text to Understand the Whole

5. Analyzing Parts of a Text to Understand the Whole

In this lesson, you will get a taste for using the parts of a text to better understand the whole. Find out how structure, style, language, symbolism, setting, and mood can help you get better at this.

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