Teaching students text structure in expository text is important for comprehension. Text structure is complex and varies depending on the author’s focus. Cause and effect is one of the more difficult text structures for students to read and understand. This article demonstrates how to explain and teach cause and effect text structure for deep analysis and summarization of expository text.

Author Bio

Dr. Jennifer Knight is an Associate Professor at Northern Arizona University. She is interested in early literacy development, specifically reading comprehension, classroom teaching and teacher education. She can be reached at jen.knight@nau.edu.

Dr. Angela Child is an Associate Professor at Dixie State University. She is interested in struggling readers, reading comprehension, and effective literacy instruction. She can be reached at child@dixie.edu.



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