October 10, 2011
SUMMARY: Students will be deeply moved by our story of 13-year-old Zack Lystedt, who suffered a life-changing series of concussions playing football. They will also read about the concussion crisis in youth sports and the NFL. Skill focus: author’s purpose; persuasive-writing strategies
FEATURED SKILL: AUTHOR’S PURPOSE/PERSUASIVE WRITING
A list of tricky words that appear in the article, to print or project. Includes a practice activity to reinforce understanding.
INTERACTIVE READING-COMPREHENSION QUIZ
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IDENTIFYING NONFICTION ELEMENTS: READ, THINK, EXPLAIN
Use our teacher-vetted, scaffolded reading activity to help students improve their nonfiction reading-comprehension skills and strategies. Includes text-structure questions.
Short-answer questions for independent completion (great for your above-level readers!) or group discussion. These are also listed in our T.E. and can be projected on your whiteboard.
VIDEO: TEEN’S LIFE-CHANGING GAME
Dr. Drew Pinsky interviews Zackery Lystedt and his father Victor. Length: 5:45.
NOTE: An ad appears before the clip starts, so we recommend loading before your class begins.
SUMMARY: In our exciting play, Howard Carter discovers and opens the tomb of the ancient Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamen, unleashing what some people said was a terrible curse. Skill focus: supporting evidence
FEATURED SKILL: SUPPORTING EVIDENCE
SUMMARY: Students read an essay about Selena Gomez and a newspaper feature–style article about Drew Barrymore’s rocky transition from troubled young star to Hollywood leading lady. Then they compare the two articles and relate them to a quote about early fame. Skill focus: comparing and contrasting; making connections between texts
A graphic organizer helps students compare the two articles—in preparation for responding to the writing prompt on page 19. Great for those who need more scaffolding.
Multiple-choice questions require students to analyze and compare the two texts. Makes great test prep.
READING-COMPREHENSION CROSSWORD PUZZLE
A fun way to check reading comprehension.
SUMMARY: Should pet owners be able to clone their beloved animals? Your students decide. Skill focus: supporting an argument; identifying main ideas and details
GUIDED OPINION ESSAY
SUMMARY: Students get an inside look at the fascinating (and kind of gross) world of competitive eating. Then they edit our article for mistakes. Skill focus: conventions of standard English; revision
SUMMARY: Students write a short article based on our interview with an amazing 13-year-old who shaved her head to raise money for childhood-cancer research. Skill focus: identifying main idea and details; summarizing
SUMMARY: Students practice the correct use of accept and except in these fun factoids about TV shows. Skill focus: accept vs. except
More practice with these commonly confused words.
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