Have you ever wondered how to help young students with non-fiction writing? Sometimes it feels intimidating ! When we introduce children to the signal words on this chart,the words become the clues that will help them with both reading comprehension as well as non-fiction writing. Introduce one structure at a time so that you don’t overwhelm them. Tell your students the name of the structure, what it looks like and use the key questions to help you.

Why not send your students off  on a “treasure hunt” as word detectives, looking for the words in the books and coming back to share outloud which words they found and where they found them. Reading the sentences aloud together is great practice for fluency and discussing the signal words in the text will also help with comprehension.

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