Grade 3 Text Structure Assessment
texts by Emily Kissner
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About this assessment
assessment is designed to
assess student knowledge
of text structure. Students
will read two texts,
graphic organizer, and
view student performance
through the teacher
interface. Use the
assessment to plan further instruction—ideasareincluded at theend
Common Core Standards addressed:
Reading for Information, 3.2: Determinethemainidea of a
text; recount thekey detailsand explainhow they support the main
Reading for Information, 3.3: Describetherelationship
betweena series of historicalevents, scientific ideasor concepts, or
steps in technicalproceduresina text, using languagethat pertainsto
time, sequence, and cause/effect.
Two texts, leveled at 600 Lexile, areincluded with this
assessment. The first text, “Clever Crows”, is structured asa problem
and solutiontext. The second, “Hummingbird Nests”, isa
After each text, studentsanswer four multiple-choicequestions
related to text structure. Studentscompletea drag-and-drop graphic
organizer to show the sequenceof the events in the hummingbird
text. Finally, studentscomplete a graphic organizer toshow the
similaritiesand differencesbetweenthe two texts.
on their work.
Drag and drop
to sequence the
events from the
Conceptmap organizer encourages students to
classifysimilarities and differences.
Viewing student performance
You caneasily view student performancethrough the“Manage
Each activitypageisscored and reported separately. You cansee
how studentsdid on each set of questionsand each graphic organizer.
You canuse theinformationfrom thisassessment to help you
plan instructionalgroupsand further activities.
Students who score from 75-100%
Based on theresults from thisassessment, these studentsseem
to be able to use the text structureofshort textsto makeinferences
and answer questions. These studentsare readyfor morecomplex
textsand deeper discussions.
Colonial Cooking: Problemsand Solutions
Thistext is organized as a problem and solution text. It includestexts
and videos to explainhow colonial cooks solved problems.
Thistext explainshow scientistslearn about octopusintelligence.
In thistext, readerslearn how babyperegrinefalcons grow.
Students who score from 50-75%
These studentsare interesting. Theyareobviously able to
answer some of the questionscorrectly, but have troublewith others.
Studentswith these scores can vary widely in their comprehension.
Some answer questionsbased on what they thinkthey know instead
of looking carefullyat the text. Othersmay strugglewith individual
words, leading to a fragmented comprehension. Stillothersmay not
fully engagewith the reading processand content themselves with a
shallow understanding ofthe text.
Often, it’s helpful to listen in on kids as they work with partners
to answer questions. Encouragestudentsto talk through their choices
and their thinking. Thiskind of data often proves far more valuable
thanany computer-generated score!
Here are some activitiesthatmayhelp studentsat this score
rangeto extend their thinking and grow as readers.
Black Bears and People
Thisproblem/solutiontext explainshow people canhelp blackbears.
A drawing activityhelpsto promoteengagement.
Cheetah Cubsin Zoos
Another problem/solutiontext, thisactivityincludesanengaging
video selection to build student motivation.
The James River Ferry
This text engagesreadersin thinking through theproblemsand
solutions of a ferry.
Students who score from 0-50%
These readersneed significant support with gradelevel text.
When working with text structure, it maybehelpful to work with
lower level texts so that these studentscan becomemoreconfident
with the thinking behind thetext structures.
These studentsmay also have decoding issues. Encouraging
studentsto read along with the voiceover or read thesame text on
multipleoccasionscanhelp them to becomemore fluent readers.
Thisfriendly text encouragesreadersto wonder about whether
leopard seals areferocious or not.
Thistext introducesreadersto tinyghost crabs.
Thisproblem and solution text explainshow people are trying to save
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