16 sets of paired passages (32 informational passages total) to help students compare texts on the same topic or event. Each card includes two passages with an overall main idea and also an individual focus to each passage.$
After teaching my students the 5 main ways authors organize information separately, my students were ready to look at a variety of texts and determine that different text structures the author used. I started with this baking themed POKE set to see where my students stood when asked to put all 5 text structures together.
When I was a kid, the words MAIN IDEA used to make me want to BREAK OUT IN A SWEAT. Now as a teacher, they still kind of make me want to BREAK OUT IN A SWEAT, but I'm a little less....sweaty...thanks to nifty teaching tools like FREE MAIN IDEA CARDS!!!
These 14 exit slips contain mentor texts on the task cards for analysis. They also contain useful writing tips and writing prompts to help students strengthen their argumentative writing skills in just a few minutes a day. Students analyze short excerpts of essays, evaluate the components that should be included in effective argumentative essays, and gain tips for writing a strong conclusion.