What is Text Structure?

Text structure is the way in which words are organized on the page and presented to the reader. Most fiction is narrative and arranged primarily in chronological order. Informational texts use different structures to convey their information, most commonly; description, comparison and contrast, cause and effect, and problem and solution. Some text structures, especially when used in combination, can increase the difficulty of a text for a beginning reader. Structure is one of the ten text factors used by the F&P Text Level Gradient™  when evaluating and leveling books for young readers.





Fountas, Irene C. and Pinnell, Gay Su. Guided Reading- Good First Teaching for All Children. Heinemann, 1996.