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What is text structure? Text structure is the way in which an author organizes the text in order to communicate the content. Why is text structure important? When students understand how a text is organized, they are more likely to identify the relationship of ideas, comprehend, and retain the information read. Also, students who develop an understanding of text structure are more likely to transfer this knowledge to their writing. **Assigned 9/10/08; Quiz on 9/17/08**


text describing the contents of a picture, graph or chart


alphabetical list of key terms related to a subject


alphabetical list of topics included in the book and their corrsponding page numbers; found in the very back

table of contents

a list of the parts of a book or document; placed at the front of the book, it's organized in the order in which the parts appear


announces the topics that will be covered, a line of text serving to indicate what the passage below it is about


a heading given to a smaller subsection within a larger piece of writing

boldface type

dark letters indicating important information; reader must slow down and pay attention to these

italicized type

slanted letters indicating important information; reader must slow down and pay attention to these


a statement at the front of the book by the book's author or editor, explaining its purpose and expressing appreciation for help received from others

background knowledge

Your personal experiences, what you already know.


In informational text, boxed sections off to the side containing interesting, related information that can stand on its own.


prose writing that presents and explains ideas or tells about real people, places, ideas, or events


a story with imagined characters and events, whether in prose, poetry or drama

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