Saturday, April 2, 2011

Sequence Internal Text Structure

Example of  Sequence Internal Text Structure

     You are sitting in a restaurant quietly having a meal when suddenly a man nearby starts choking on a piece of food lodged in his throat.  By using the Heimlich maneuver, you may be able to save this person's life.  Your two hands are all you need to perform the lifesaving technique.  First, position yourself behind the choking person.  Then wrap your arms around the person's midsection, being careful not to apply any pressure to the chest or stomach.  Once your arms are around the victim, clench one hand into a fist and cup this fist in the other hand.  Now turn the fist so that the clenched thumb points toward the spot between the choker's navel and midsection (below the ribcage and above the navel).  Finally, thrust inward at this spot using a quick, sharp motion.  If this motion does not dislodge the food, repeat it until the victim can breathe freely.   You may never need to use the Heimlich maneuver, but if the need arises, you and the person you help will be glad you learned it. 

from p. 102,  Fawsett and Sandberg, Evergreen, A Guide to Writing , 5th Edition

Orange indicates the topic sentence.
Blue is for the concluding sentence -- the clincher.
Green indicates cue/clue words for description.
This is an external text feature:  a set of illustrations that show the steps in the Heimlich manuever.  When you use this sort of text feature, you need to read the captions and study the pictures.