Technology All Around You - Central Idea Teaching Guide

Teaching Guide

Recommended Text Set
Technology All Around You

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
 

Appy meals: Theme parks let you skip lines by ordering food on your phone

Robots revolutionizing the making of pizza pies

The newest secret weapon for soldiers might be a 3-D printer


Is letting students bring cellphones to school helpful or harmful?

Coding camps not just for guys in hoodies

Long hours of video-game playing might not be so bad

Schools use technology to keep a very close eye on kids

Opinion: Mobile apps could turn emergencies into games

Be quiet, I think Mom's new "smart" washing machine is listening to us

 


Camera lets users keep an eye on their pets in real time

Google, Facebook react to fake news websites

Issue Overview: Are social networking sites good for our society?

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.

Pre-Reading: Do robots help or hurt?- Pre-Reading Strategy

Student Rights - Paired text

Comparing articles on the same topic - Paired text

How reliable is a source? - Reading strategy

The cultural impact of viral videos - Reading strategy


PRO Assign

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

Before you read the article, look at the title and the image. Write an annotation on the first sentence that tells what you think the article will mostly be about.  

As you read, highlight in yellow words that help you identify the 5 W’s and How.

Read this article one section at a time. After reading each section, create an annotation that summarizes that section in 10 words or less.

After you’ve read the article, look over the annotations. Then write a summary of the article in the Write section.

First read: Highlight in yellow thh three sentences that tell you about the main idea. At the end of the article, create an annotation that summarizes the main idea.

Second read: As you read, highlight in blue sentences that support the main idea. Add an annotation that tells how this detail support the main idea.


As you read, highlight the sentences that best show the central idea. Then, write an annotation restating the central 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.


The newest secret weapon for soldiers might be a 3-D printer

Is letting students bring cellphones to school helpful or harmful?

Coding camps not just for guys in hoodies

Long hours of video-game playing might not be so bad

Schools use technology to keep a very close eye on kids

Opinion: Mobile apps could turn emergencies into games

 
Camera lets users keep an eye on their pets in real time
Google, Facebook react to fake news websites


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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