Text Line Up!


Tip: Text Line Up

How do I do it?
Cut up a selection from a text or textbook into the number of students in class and pass out. Direct students to talk to one another and line up in the correct order of the text.  When they think they are lined up correctly, students read their selection aloud.  Make changes in position as needed and read again until the order makes sense. (Tip: Model how to do this with a simple example so students can see what is expected of them.)

Variations & Extensions:
Direct students to explain orally or write a few sentences describing the strategies they used to line up correctly.  What did they learn about the structure of the text and text clues during this activity?  Other line-ups include: lining up with key word cards in alphabetical order; lining up A-Z order by first or last name; lining up in chronological sequence for a scientific process or historical event; lining up to make a sentence with word and punctuation cards, lining up by birthdays, etc.  Use picture cards instead of word or phrase cards for all or some students.

Common Core ELA Speaking and Listening Standards 1&2
Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.

Common Core ELA Reading Standard 5
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.

Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen
Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen


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