Thanksgiving Reading Comprehension Passages for Text Structure - PDF and Digital

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6th - 8th, Homeschool
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Teach nonfiction text structure this Thanksgiving with fun reading passages! This set of articles, graphic organizers, and nonfiction text structure lesson plans will provide the perfect activities to fill your Thanksgiving week with high-interest reading! (The vocabulary page is also adapted for teaching this topic as organizational pattern.)

This resource includes a digital Google Slides version! (Find the copy link on the last page of the PDF.)

Need more Thanksgiving reading activities? Pair this resource with Thanksgiving Nonfiction Text Features! (Or purchase the complete Thanksgiving Nonfiction Bundle!)

Each article is written in one of the five main text structures (description, cause and effect, problem and solution, compare and contrast, and sequence/chronological order) and comes with a specifically designed graphic organizer that students can use to map the main ideas. There are also five reading comprehension questions to use with each article.

I've included a text structure vocabulary page with definitions and cue words for each type of text structure (plus a separate vocabulary page for Virginia teachers using the terms "organizational pattern" and "generalization" instead), as well as two lesson ideas - one group project for a 2-3 day period (great for practicing with text structure) and one that can fill part of a class period each day for six days for a more in-depth look at each text structure.

Here's a summary of what's included:

- 6 original articles on the following topics:

Thanksgiving Traditions (description)

Thanksgiving Around the World (description)

Thanksgiving in the Great White North (compare and contrast)

Healthy Eating: Thanksgiving Edition (problem and solution)

The History of Pie (sequence/chronological order)

What's the Deal With Black Friday? (cause and effect)

- 5 pages of reading check questions (one page per passage)

- 6 graphic organizers (two bubble maps, a sequence chart, two different flow charts, and a Venn diagram)

- 1 page of lesson ideas

- 1 text structure vocabulary page that can be used for notes or whole-class review

- 1 Virginia SOL version of the vocabulary page ("organizational pattern" and "generalization" instead)

- Google Slides version of all student pages (reading passages, questions, and graphic organizers)

Text structure can be a difficult topic to teach, since students really need to read several full-length texts in order to get a sense of how each one works. I've simplified the process for you by providing clear-cut examples of each one in engaging, holiday-themed articles - all in a simple, easy-to-implement format. I hope your students enjoy learning fun facts about Thanksgiving while they practice nonfiction reading skills!

Answer keys are included.

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Weather Nonfiction Bundle - Text Structure & Text Features

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to supporting ideas; provide an objective summary of the text.
Analyze the structure an author uses to organize a text, including how the major sections contribute to the whole and to the development of the ideas.
Determine two or more central ideas in a text and analyze their development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.
Analyze how a particular sentence, paragraph, chapter, or section fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the ideas.
Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.


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