In its eight pages, "Teaching and Assessing Understanding of Text Structures Across Grades" summarizes research findings on the relationship between understanding text structure and comprehending what one reads. The author describes types of text structures and paragraphs, "typical text pattern signals for different text structures," and shows a "Continuum of Understanding" for sentences, paragraphs, and text structures, similar to what can be found in the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education for ELA.

Author: Karen Hess

Date: first written in 2006, updated in 2008

Source: The National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment, Inc. 

Topic Area: 
ABE/Adult Education
Evidence-Based Reading Instruction (EBRI)
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Research/Evidence-Based Practice
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SABES English Language Arts Curriculum and Instruction PD Center