How can knowing the word structure help me to be a better reader? An introduction.

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  • How can knowing the word structure help me to be a better reader?An introduction

  • Soon, you will be learning about text structureIn order to understand text structure, we need to understand what the word structure means

  • -STRUCTA word root meaning to buildMany words, including structure, have this word rootAll of these words are related to building

  • -STRUCTA word root meaning to buildConstruct: to build

  • -STRUCTA word root meaning to buildDestruction: un-building, or tearing down

  • -STRUCTInstruct: To teachSometimes, the meaning of the root is a little harder to seeHow does this relate to the meaning of the root -STRUCT?

  • -STRUCTInstruct: To teachSometimes, the meaning of the root is a little harder to seeTeaching is building knowledge. So, to instruct someone is to build their knowledge

  • Going back to structureWe know that the root STRUCT means to buildThe word structure has several meanings, all related to building

  • STRUCTUREA style of buildingExample: a round structureOr, a fancy structure

  • STRUCTUREHow could you describe the structure below? Write your answer. Remember to use the word structure!

  • STRUCTUREStructure can also refer to the way that parts of things fit togetherIn science, you can learn about the structure of a flower

  • STRUCTUREStructure can also refer to the way that parts of things fit togetherEven though flowers are not built, they do have parts that fit together

  • STRUCTUREStructure can also refer to the way that parts of things fit togetherText can have a structure, too

  • Text Structure When writers write, they use a structure to put ideas together. Its as if writers are building the text!

  • Text Structure Learning about text structure helps us to see how a text is built

  • Using a structure to make predictionsWhether we are looking at real buildings or at texts, we can use a structure to help us make predictionsLooking at the structure of something can help us to learn more about it

  • Using structure Noticing the structure of a building can help us learn about itLooking at what the building is made of, where it is, and how it is built can help us to figure out what the building is for

  • Using structure What does the structure of this building tell you?What can you learn about this building when you look at the structure?

  • Using structure What does the structure of this building tell you?What can you learn about this building when you look at the structure?

  • Using structureWhen we look at a text, we can think about it the same wayWhat words does the author use? How are the words put together?Answering these questions can help us figure out the main ideas in the text

  • Using structureOver the next few weeks, you will learn more about using text structure to help you understand what you read

  • ReviewWhat does the root -STRUCT mean?What are some words that have this root?What does the word structure mean?

  • ReviewHow will knowing about text structure help you to understand a text?

  • How can knowing the word structure help me to be a better reader?

    *Text structure is an abstract idea. If students dont know what real, concrete structures are, they are not going to understand the abstract idea. I wrote this presentation to help students learn the word structure. Then, they were able to make the jump to the abstract idea of text structure. It worked wonderfully with fourth graders!***************This slide lays the foundation for learning about text structure.**Here, I talked with the students about how knowing that this structure is a barn can help them to make predictions about the barn. What might they find inside? They all predicted that they would find animals. How did they know? They used the structure to give them clues. I tried to pull out the word structure as much as I could.*Students found this example more difficult. I drew their attention to the smokestacks and compared them to a local factory. Would they expect to see the same things inside the factory as they would see inside the barn? Why not? This is building background for looking at how a text in chronological order will include different clue words and ideas from a text written to compare and contrast.**Note: This presentation is simply to introduce the idea of structure. Continue with Understanding Text Structure***