Analyzing Structure and Development


In this lesson your students will learn how to analyze the structure of a text and how it relates to its theme, plot, or main idea. They’ll be engaged and challenged as they learn how the different parts of a text relate to each other and contribute to its overall understanding.

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This lesson plan introduces the idea that texts are intentionally organized by authors. It provides students with a strategy to critically analyze a literary work’s structure. By understanding how an author’s structural choices contribute to meaning, students will be able to more fully understand the work as a whole. At the end of the lesson, they’ll be able to explain the overall structure of a text and how it contributes to themes, plot, setting, or meaning. With a better understanding of how authors communicate their intentions through text structure, students will be equipped to engage with all kinds of literature more effectively.

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6th Grade



State Educational Standards


Lessons are aligned to meet the education objectives and goals of
most states. For more information on your state objectives, contact
your local Board of Education or Department of Education in your state