Description: Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.
Maps to Reading Plus skills: 5A


5A: Examining Text Structure

5A: Examining Text Structure

Description: Examining Text Structure

✓ standard met

Selection: D-29


Grade level: 4
Word count: 1520 words
Author: R. Bender
Synopsis: When a city catches fire, it takes more than buckets of water to douse the flame.
Excerpt: At that time London was surrounded by a 15-foot wall that had been built centuries earlier. The wall had been built to protect the city from invading armies.

Question: What is the relationship between the two sentences in this excerpt?
  1. The second sentence offers supporting information for a statement in the first sentence.
  2. The two sentences set up a comparison.
  3. The first sentence states the opposite of what is stated in the second sentence.
  4. The two sentences are not related in any way.

✓ standard met

Writing prompt: Explain an author's use of description in a selection, and how the description shaped the way you viewed and understood the person, object, or event described.


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