Subject: ELA (English Language Arts)

Lesson Length: 45 mins - 1 hour

Topic: Central Ideas an Informational Text

Grade Level: 6, 7

Standards / Framework:

Brief Description: Students will read an informational article and determine the central ideas of the text.

Know Before You Start: Students should have a basic understanding of how to determine the central ideas of a text prior to the lesson. An informational article or resource will be needed for the lesson. Find examples of entertaining “Tweets” from Twitter.


  • Show several entertaining “Tweets” to demonstrate how they summarize a central idea. Explain that tweets have a character limit.


  • Have students:
    • Read the informational text.

    • Write three Tweets summarizing the central ideas of the article.

    • Have students illustrate their Summary Tweets by creating a comic demonstrating the central ideas of the text.


  • Have students share their comics in small groups and discuss the central ideas of the informational text.


  • Preteach vocabulary.

  • Provide sentence starters as needed.

  • Provide informational articles at various reading levels.

  • Allow students to work with a peer model.


  • Comic to print or display: Comic.

  • Example Tweet messages.

  • Informational Text Article.