Thursday, January 21, 2016

Identifying Central Ideas and Text Evidence in Nonfiction Paired Texts


 Today's Learning Objectives   * Determine central ideas of a text. * Read closely to determine what they text says and cite specific textual evidence. * Analyze how two or more texts address similar topics.

Paired Texts Introduction  A thought-provoking nonfiction article about the problem of overuse injuries is paired with a moving personal essay about the author’s son coping with rejection in basketball. You can find both the article "Playing with Pain" and the essay "Travel Team Heartbreak" here (an accesss code will be provided).

Vocabulary Preview  Let's preview some of the key vocabulary that will be featured in these paired texts. Below you will find a list of tricky words featured in the article and essay, as well as definitions and example sentences. Each group will be responsible for mastering one word and teaching it to the class.  

Focus on Identifying Central Ideas and Text Evidence  As we read the paired texts together our focus will be on identifying central ideas and providing text evidence. Remember that a central idea of a text is one of the main points the author is making. (Sometimes a central idea is called a main idea.) A central idea can always be 
supported with details from the text. 

When you write about something you have read, you need to use supporting evidence‚ or text evidence, to back up whatever point you are making. Most of your evidence will be details from the text you are writing about.

You can find the assignments Central Ideas and Details (Paired Texts) and Text Evidence (Paired Texts) in your Language Arts Google Classroom.  

Homework  (1.) Read your A.R. book at home for at least 30 minutes and, if you choose, make a reading log entry using the Digital Reading Log. (Remember you must have made at least one entry by the end of the day Friday.)  (2.) Complete work on your 100 Word Challenge: Five Words story, which we will publish on tomorrow, Friday, January 22. (3.) Complete work on your Newsela Article, which is due on tomorrow, Friday, January 22.

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