Pattern of Organization Overview
Pattern of organization relates to the way in which the information in the passage is organized. This way of organization depends on the subject matter and way in which the author wishes to present the information. For instance, passages related to history are often organized in time order but if the author wishes to show you how certain events are caused and affected by other events, the author may present the information in a cause and effect pattern of organization. Below are the main patterns of organization.
- Time Order
- Cause and Effect
- Compare and Contrast
- Definition and Illustration
We can identify a passage’s pattern of organization by identifying transitions. Transitions are words which help to show relations between information and ideas in the passages.