Reading Problems and Solutions Study Guide
Reading Problems and Solutions
In this lesson, you'll learn that some authors tell you about problems and how to solve them.
SOME AUTHORS USE a problem-and-solution text structure to organize their ideas. An author may state a problem, and then describe a solution.
After the school fire, there was a lot of damage. Our computer lab was a total loss. So we put on a fund-raising carnival the next Saturday. We used all the money to buy new computers!
- Problem: A fire ruined the school computers.
- Solution: Raise money at a school carnival for new computers.
Sometimes an author tells a solution, and then states the problem it solves.
We had a great fund-raising carnival last Saturday. We raised a lot of money to buy new computers. We needed them after we had a fire at the school. Our computer lab had been a total loss!
- Solution: Have a fund-raising carnival.
- Problem: Fire ruined school computers.
Recognizing a problem-and-solution text structure helps readers better understand the relationships between events. Try this one.
"It'll be okay," our bus driver said as she closed the cell phone. "We'll have this flat tire fixed in no time. The school principal said a mechanic is on the way."
- Problem: a flat tire on school bus.
- Solution: school is sending mechanic.
You can use a problem-solution chart to record relationships like this.
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