Five expository text structures and their associated signal words pattern description cue words signal words graphic organizer description the author describes a topic by listing characteristics features attributes and examples o for example o characteristics o for instance o such as o is like o including o to illustrate . Expository text structure types and their definitions use explicit instruction to introduce new content break components into smaller steps as needed pause to discuss examples of each text structure type as you review depending on needs of students you may decide to introduce the six types of text structure over more than one lesson 1. Text structure text frames the way in which the text or reading material is organized examples of expository text frames or structures include cause effect concept definit ion sequential or proposition support. National center on intensive intervention identifying narrative and expository text structures 1 0447 02 17 college and career ready standards addressed rl65 85 analyze how a particular sentence chapter scene or stanza fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the theme setting or plot. Modeling an expository text structure strategy in think alouds christine j gordon several current notions used in combination can con tribute to better teaching of comprehension of expository text these include knowledge of text structure strategic reading and the think aloudprocedure knowledge of text
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