Text Structure – 3rd Grade Florida BEST Standards – ELA.3.R.2.1



Text Structure – 3rd Grade – ELA.3.R.2.1

⭐️These Lexile® leveled close reading passages and question sets are perfect for teaching text structure for 3rd Grade Florida B.E.S.T. standard ELA.3.R.2.1. Students learn three major text structures: sequence, cause and effect, and compare and contrast. Students learn to identify the text structure to effectively determine the main idea, summarize, and think critically about the text.


⭐️ Includes Lexile leveled passages, standard based questions, anchor charts, and hands-on cut-and-paste visuals to help students master text structure skills. Certified Lexile measured close reading comprehension texts are varied within the third grade band.


⭐️ Teacher resources “How to Teach Text Structure” and “How to Use This Resource” are included to help you get the most out of this 3rd grade FL BEST aligned resource.


⭐️If you do not use Florida Best, a similar resource is available for third grade Common Core. Both packets contain similar reading content, so do not purchase both.



✏️Lexile Levels – Each story contains a certified Lexile measure to make differentiation easy. Passages vary across the 3rd grade Text Complexity Band (the range for second and third grade is 420L-820L).


✏️Integrated Color Coding – The color coding strategy encourages students to learn how to find and use text evidence in their answers.


✏️Comprehensive – Passages are perfect for comprehensive standard based test prep. Included anchor charts and questions make this resource great for lesson modeling. Works perfectly for small groups and guided reading.


✏️Scaffolding – Utilizes the Lexile Framework® for Reading and a mix of standard based essay and multiple choice questions to allow educators to scaffold independent work and homework. Also great for centers and interventions.


✏️Highly Engaging – Contains original stories with custom illustrations designed to engage students of all levels and interests.


What’s Included:

1. Comparison

  • Mentor Text: Bees vs. Ants- 540L
  • Frogs and Toads- 530L
  • The Sister Planets- 690L
  • Political Parties- 720L
  • Christmas and Hanukkah- 740L

2Cause and Effect

  • Mentor Text: Amelia Earhart- 680L
  • Fighting Colds- 550L
  • Black Rhinoceroses- 600L
  • The Great Depression- 640L
  • Volcanoes- 700L


  • Mentor Text: The Modern Bathtub- 760L
  • The Walt Disney World Monorail- 590L
  • Mae Jemison- 620L
  • Taco Time- 620L
  • The History of Pumpkin Pie- 670L

4. Assessment on each area

  • Chronological: Benjamin Franklin- 670L
  • Comparison: America’s Favorite Sports- 750L
  • Cause and Effect: Forest Fires- 750L


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