Comprehending and Paraphrasing Expository Texts

So let’s start with a definition. What is expository text? Well, expository writing is a type of writing where thats serves to inform, describe, or explain something. It’s like non-fiction text!

Our students are expected to learn from expository texts every day in their classrooms. For many of our students, this is a critical skill. It ensures they are able to comprehend their textbooks, their homework, and their lectures.

My newest packet targets just that: the comprehension of expository text.


The students I tend to see HATE expository text. The second I try and get them to summarize something factual that sounds like their school homework, they shut down on me! So I attempted to make the text in this packet as interesting as possible! Your students could learn about why the sky is blue, why squirrels have bushy tails, and who the first man to walk on the moon was!

There is also a greater push from teachers and administrators to cover classroom content in speech therapy, so this is a great way to target both!

My packet follows the RAP protocol. You can read more about it here. The RAP protocol says:

-Read one paragraph
-Ask yourself what were the main idea and two details
-Put the main idea and two details into your own words

I have had GREAT success using this protocol and my packet with all of my clients who are working on comprehension and paraphrasing! I hope you find this useful as well!

The packet includes 24 cards with expository text, a graphic organizer (2 versions), a die, 2 half-sheets for homework, and instructions!

You can see sample pictures from my packet below:

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If that looks like something you could use in your speech room, you can find it in my TpT Store here.

I also have a similar packet targeting narrative comprehension. You can see the post on that packet here.

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