Subject: ELA (English Language Arts)

Lesson Length: 45 min - 1 hour

Topic: Central Ideas of Informational Text

Grade Level: 6, 7

Objective: Analysis, Explanation

Standards: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.6.2, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.7.2

Brief Description: Students will read an informational text 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 text prior to the lesson.  
  • An informational article or resource will be needed for the lesson. 
  • Find examples of entertaining “Tweets” from Twitter.

Summary Tweet & More! - Exemplar comic, panel 1 Summary Tweet & More! - Exemplar comic, panel 2 Summary Tweet & More! - Exemplar comic, panel 3

Hook: Show several entertaining “Tweets”  to demonstrate how Twitter tweets summarize a central idea. Discuss that tweets have a limit of 280 characters.

Activity: Have students:

  • Read the information text selected
  • Write three Tweets summarizing the central ideas of the article
  • llustrate their summary Tweets by creating a 3-panel comic demonstrating the central ideas of the text

Closure: Students will share their comics in small groups and discuss the central ideas of the informational text.

Differentiation:

  • Pre-teach necessary vocabulary pertaining to the informational text article
  • Provide sentence starters
  • Provide informational text articles at student reading level
  • Allow students to work with a peer model.
  • Allow students to read another article and complete the same task for enrichment

Resources:

  • Example comic to print or display: Comic 
  • Example Tweet messages
  • Informational Text Article