Title

Teaching Text Structure: Examining the Affordances of Children's Informational Texts

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Elementary School Journal

Volume

117

Issue

1

Publisher

University of Chicago Press

Publication Date

9-2016

First Page

143

Last Page

169

Abstract

This study investigated the affordances of informational texts to serve as model texts for teaching text structure to elementary school children. Content analysis of a random sampling of children’s informational texts from top publishers was conducted on text structure organization and on the inclusion of text features as signals of text structure. Our findings showed three limitations to the affordances present in informational texts currently available for elementary school children. Implications of these findings are discussed.