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September 24, 2012, Issue
Out of the Tornado
Explore our featured skill using a Scope article, video, activity sheets, and more.
Great for meeting Common Core State Standards.

Featured Skill: Key Ideas and Details

Summary:
In this multigenre, multimedia lesson, students will learn about a devastating tornado through an article, a first-person account, a poem, and a video. They will use an activity sheet to explore the suffering caused by the disaster and how the residents of Henryville overcame it, which will help them respond to a writing prompt. Finally, students will research something that happened in their own town or state and write a poem about it.

Main objectives:
• to read and understand an article, poem, and first-person account
• to pull key ideas from an author video
• to participate in class discussion
• to respond to a writing prompt
• to conduct research and compose a poem based on a real event

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Materials:
• digital version of “Out of the Tornado” to project
Scope activity sheet “A Tornado’s Effects”
Scope video “Author Talk: Lauren Tarshis on ‘Out of the Tornado’”
Scope activity sheet “Video Questions”
• Dramatic reading of the poem “The Tornado”
Scope activity sheet “Analyzing ‘The Tornado’”
Contest entry form (optional)

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