Disgustingly Curious - Central Idea Teaching Guide

Teaching Guide

Recommended Text Set
Disgustingly Curious

Skills

Primary Skills
Central Idea

Secondary Skills
What the Text Says, People, Events and Ideas, & Word Meaning and Choice

Reading Behaviors

Nonfiction

  • Cite evidence while summarizing and drawing inferences
  • Make inferences about non fiction from text evidence
  • Determine two or more central ideas from the text
  • Explain how key details support the central idea
  • Explain the connections/relationships between important figures, ideas, and concepts

Newsela Articles

This section is organized by nonfiction skills necessary for students to become strong readers. These articles can help you target student understanding for skill. We’ve included at least three articles for each subskill. We suggest that you use one for guided instruction, one for independent practice, and one for re-teaching.

Make Predictions Identify Central Idea Identify Key Details Summarize

For some extra protein, add in some cockroach milk

Experts say we’re surrounded by bugs, and most of them are too small to see

Thousands of dead pigs float down river in China


Animal farting an important area of study, zoologists say

Curiosity can drive people to try some yucky things

Scientists conduct experiments to prove that rats are ticklish

Scientists conduct experiments to prove that rats are ticklish

Poop pills cure bad gut infections, and don’t give smelly burps

Simple slime mold surprises scientists: It learns without a brain

 


Move over, pork.  Crickets could just be the next white meat

Seattle steams off years of stuck-on memories at Gum Wall

Cockroach robot designed to help rescue people trapped by disaster

Formative Tasks

The tasks provide teachers with relevant resources for classroom implementation. Teachers can use these activities and assessments to determine student learning.


PRO Teacher Resources & Lesson Plans

These resources are available right on the article.  They can be used whole class, small group, and as independent practice.

How can insect products benefit us? - Picture analysis

Pre and post reading activity - Activating Prior Knowledge

Engagement with research and reading - Research topic investigation

Comparing rats and humans - Reading strategy

Comprehending with the SQ3R Strategy - Reading strategy


PRO Assign

These are the instructions you can use when you assign any of the articles above.

Read the heading for each section first. Highlight the word in the heading that helps you predict what the section will be about.

While reading, highlight in red the words that are repeated throughout the article. Reread the red words. Then, annotate the sentence that helped you best understand the central idea of the text.

Highlight key details in blue. Read over your highlighted text and annotate how the details help to understand the central idea.


As you read, highlight the sentences that best show the main idea. Then, write an annotation restating the main idea in your own words.

 


Recommended
Annotations

These annotations are available on the article page.  All you have to do is share them with your readers.

For some extra protein, add in some cockroach milk

Experts say we’re surrounded by bugs, and most of them are too small to see

Curiosity can drive people to try some yucky things

 

 


Annotations
for all
Articles

These annotations can be used in any of the articles above. These annotations could be added to any Newsela article that targets Central Idea.

Looking at the headline and image, what do you predict the article will be about?

After reading x paragraph, what do you infer will happen next?

 
What is the central idea of this text?

Who are the people involved?

What event is taking place?

What words help you understand the central idea?

What key details support the central idea?

How does the author organize the details?

How did you find the key details?

What details do not support the central idea?

What inferences can you make from….

How would you summarize the article?

What language would you use to summarize the central idea and key details of the text?

How would you explain the similarities and differences between the central ideas of two articles?


Assessments
& Binder

These can be used as formative assessment throughout.  

For summative assessment insights, go to your Binder and filter by the date range you assigned these articles. Reflect on the progress students have made in the skill.

Quiz
Students should take quizzes for all articles.

Write
Have students respond to at least one write prompt from the articles listed above.

Annotations
Respond to at least one annotation for each student. Be sure to give specific feedback.

 

Quiz
Students should take quizzes for all articles.

Write
Have students respond to at least one write prompt from the articles listed above.

Annotations
Respond to at least one annotation for each student. Be sure to give specific feedback. 

Quiz
Students should take quizzes for all articles.

Write
Have students respond to at least one write prompt from the articles listed above.

Annotations
Respond to at least one annotation for each student. Be sure to give specific feedback.

Quiz
Students should take quizzes for all articles.

Write
Have students respond to at least one write prompt from the articles listed above.

Annotations
Respond to at least one annotation for each student. Be sure to give specific feedback.

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