Description: Craft and Structure In literary texts, analyze how structure, including genre-specific features, contributes to the development of themes or central ideas. In informational texts, analyze the structure an author uses to organize a text, including how the sections contribute to the whole and to the development of themes or central ideas.
Maps to Reading Plus skills: 5A


5A: Examining Text Structure

5A: Examining Text Structure

Description: Examining Text Structure

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Selection: G-36


Grade level: 7
Word count: 1902 words
Author: Alexandra North
Synopsis: Systems of government vary around the world, but most are concerned with serving the interests of their citizens.
Excerpt: "There is good government when those who are near it are made happy, and when those who are afar are attracted." This timeless proverb was written by the Chinese philosopher Confucius thousands of years ago. It continues to be a maxim national governments strive toward today.

Question: How does this maxim by Confucius in the opening paragraph relate to the rest of the selection?
  1. It sets the ideal standard toward which representative governments strive.
  2. It requires governments to pay for all the needs of its citizens.
  3. It demonstrates that the Chinese philosopher could predict the future.
  4. It shows that a country with a good government is impossible to find.

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Writing prompt: Describe an author's use of sensory details in a selection that you have read. Explain how the author shared information through descriptions that use sight, sound, taste, smell, or touch.


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