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Informational Text Standards



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Language Arts Curriculum Standards
3001 - English I

Internet Resources
Checks for Understanding (Formative/Summative Assessment)
6.1 | 6.2 | 6.3 | 6.4 | 6.5 | 6.6 | 6.7 | 6.8 | 6.9 | 6.10 | 6.12
Follow extended multi-tasked or multi-dimensional instructions in informational and technical texts to perform specific tasks, answer questions, or solve problems.
3001.6.1
  1. Can You Follow Directions? - fun worksheet to print and use as classroom activity.
  2. Following oral directions - online computer activity, students will need pencil and paper. This resource includes voice instructions for students This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  3. George Washington Teaches Map Directions - Follow directions to create profile of Washington. A lesson plan can be found at this site
  4. How Well Do You Follow Directions? - Fun worksheet to print or read orally to students.
  5. How to build a spaghetti and marshmallow tower - follow these instructions to create a tower.
  6. How to Create A Fun Marble Artwork - follow these instructions to create your art.
  7. How to Make an Origami Bookmark - follow these instructions to create your bookmark.
  8. How to make paper beads for Altered Art - follow these instructions to create your art.
  9. How to Build a Toy Paddle Boat - follow these instructions to create your boat
  10. How to build a Boat - follow these instructions to create your boat [This expired page is from the Internet Archive known as the Wayback Machine.]
  11. Listening to instructions - Listen carefully to the messages to find the information you need
  12. Make me a Copy Please - [designed for grades 5-6] Lesson plan; the need to be articulate and precise when explain steps to another student.A lesson plan can be found at this site
  13. The Magician's Apprentice - Have students follow directions to do magic tricks! A lesson plan can be found at this site
  14. Mystery Pictures: Following Oral Directions - focus on the importance of clear, oral communication. A lesson plan can be found at this site
Identify and interpret essential details in passages and interpret minor or subtle details in informational and technical texts.
3001.6.2
  1. Compose a Thesis Statement - Now that you have decided, at least tentatively, what information you plan to present in your essay, you are ready to write your thesis statement.
  2. How To Write a Thesis Statement - from the Writing Tutorial Services of Indiana University in Bloomington
  3. Thesis Statements - What the heck is a thesis, and why do I need one? An Adobe Acrobat document in .pdf format
  4. Tips and Examples for Writing Thesis Statements from the OWL at Purdue
  5. Thesis Statement - [from LEO] "a thesis takes a stand rather than announcing a subject"
  6. Thesis Builder - helps build a thesis from a topic This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  7. Write a Thesis Statement - [from Cliffs Notes] includes a "magic working thesis equation"
Identify the main ideas in informational and technical texts.
3001.6.3
  1. Finding the Main Idea This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  2. How are They Selling It? - students read three advertisements and evaluate the type of persuasive writing being employed This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  3. Main Idea - building blocks of comprehension - exercises to print included This link includes something for the teacher to print
  4. Main Idea - The main idea of a paragraph is what all the sentences are about. Read the paragraph and ask, "What's your point?" This link includes something for the teacher to print
  5. Main Idea - lesson on main idea of a passage and an activity to print This link includes something for the teacher to print A lesson plan can be found at this site
  6. Reading Comprehension - free reading comprehension worksheets for teachers and parents - includes original stories, poems, essays, and articles This link includes something for the teacher to print
  7. Reading Detective - Quia quiz This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  8. Reading Headlines - read eight headlines and try to determine what the article is about This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  9. Summarize as You Read - When you summarize, eliminate unnecessary details. Focus on the main idea of the whole passage. This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  10. What's the Big Idea - solve a riddle by answering questions about the main idea This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  11. What's the Big Idea? Exercise 1 - Write the common subject for each group of words, or "write a good title for each list." - a worksheet to print, not interactive This link includes something for the teacher to print
  12. What's the Big Idea? Exercise 2 - Write the common subject for each group of words, or "write a good title for each list." - a worksheet to print, not interactive This link includes something for the teacher to print
  13. What's the Big Idea? Exercise 3 - a bit harder than 1 & 2 - Write the common subject for each group of words, or "write a good title for each list." Then add another example that could be included in that group. Be as specific as you can. - a worksheet to print, not interactive This link includes something for the teacher to print
Identify and distinguish the essential and non-essential details that support the main idea of informational texts.
3001.6.4
  1. Compose a Thesis Statement - Now that you have decided, at least tentatively, what information you plan to present in your essay, you are ready to write your thesis statement.
  2. How To Write a Thesis Statement - from the Writing Tutorial Services of Indiana University in Bloomington
  3. Thesis Statements - What the heck is a thesis, and why do I need one? An Adobe Acrobat document in .pdf format
  4. Tips and Examples for Writing Thesis Statements from the OWL at Purdue
  5. Thesis Statement - [from LEO] "a thesis takes a stand rather than announcing a subject"
  6. Thesis Builder - helps build a thesis from a topic This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  7. Write a Thesis Statement - [from Cliffs Notes] includes a "magic working thesis equation"
Recognize clear, subtle, or implied relationships among ideas in informational and technical texts.
3001.6.5
Draw appropriate inferences and conclusions in informational and technical texts.
3001.6.6
  1. Drawing Inferences - how to be a critical reader This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  2. How are They Selling It? - students read three advertisements and evaluate the type of persuasive writing being employed This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  3. Inference Notes - Use this diagram to help interpret inferences.
  4. Making Inferences and Drawing Conclusions - descriptions of the various ways to aid you in reaching a conclusion
  5. A resource for the teacher to use in planning their lessonsRules of Inference - Lesson discussing the rules of inference.
Summarize in a concise and well-organized way the main ideas and supporting details in informational and technical texts.
3001.6.7
  1. Finding the Main Idea This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  2. How are They Selling It? - students read three advertisements and evaluate the type of persuasive writing being employed This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  3. Main Idea - building blocks of comprehension - exercises to print included This link includes something for the teacher to print
  4. Main Idea - The main idea of a paragraph is what all the sentences are about. Read the paragraph and ask, "What's your point?" This link includes something for the teacher to print
  5. Main Idea - lesson on main idea of a passage and an activity to print This link includes something for the teacher to print A lesson plan can be found at this site
  6. Reading Comprehension - free reading comprehension worksheets for teachers and parents - includes original stories, poems, essays, and articles This link includes something for the teacher to print
  7. Reading Detective - Quia quiz This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  8. Reading Headlines - read eight headlines and try to determine what the article is about This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  9. Summarize as You Read - When you summarize, eliminate unnecessary details. Focus on the main idea of the whole passage. This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  10. What's the Big Idea - solve a riddle by answering questions about the main idea This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  11. What's the Big Idea? Exercise 1 - Write the common subject for each group of words, or "write a good title for each list." - a worksheet to print, not interactive This link includes something for the teacher to print
  12. What's the Big Idea? Exercise 2 - Write the common subject for each group of words, or "write a good title for each list." - a worksheet to print, not interactive This link includes something for the teacher to print
  13. What's the Big Idea? Exercise 3 - a bit harder than 1 & 2 - Write the common subject for each group of words, or "write a good title for each list." Then add another example that could be included in that group. Be as specific as you can. - a worksheet to print, not interactive This link includes something for the teacher to print
Distinguish between a summary and a critique and identify non-essential information in a summary and unsubstantiated opinions in a critique.
3001.6.8
  1. Examples of Good Critiques - article with questions to ask yourself while doing a critique.
  2. Informative Speech Critique Form - template for evaluating a speech
  3. Persuasive Speech Critique Sheet - template of things to think about when doing a critique [This expired page is from the Internet Archive known as the Wayback Machine.]
  4. Sample Speaker Critique - read how this person does a critique
  5. Scaling Back to Essentials: Scaffolding Summarization With Fishbone Mapping -complete fishbone maps that highlight the main ideas and relevant details from a cause-effect text; lesson plan [This expired page is from the Internet Archive known as the Wayback Machine.] A lesson plan can be found at this site
  6. Self Test: Identifying and Avoiding Plagiarism - excellent examples and tests of the right way to quote, paraphrase and summarize
  7. Speech Analysis #1: How to Study and Critique a Speech - series of articles examining different aspects of presentation analysis
  8. Speech Critiques Examples - great site with video of people speaking to critique, plus their critique on the speech.
  9. Speech Self Critique Guide - he following guidelines should be used in practice sessions to evaluate the speaker and speech and note possible areas of improvement.
  10. Summarizing - interactive lesson and exercise
  11. 'Summarising' worksheets - worksheets to print and answer keys This link includes something for the teacher to print
  12. Summary vs. Critique - explanation of what each does and does not do An Adobe Acrobat document in .pdf format
  13. Verbal Effectiveness - rubric emphasizing idea development, use of language, and the organization of ideas are effectively used to achieve a purpose. [This expired page is from the Internet Archive known as the Wayback Machine.] An Adobe Acrobat document in .pdf format
Synthesize information across multiple informational and technical texts and sources.
3001.6.9
Identify and analyze involved or unconventional organizational structures that may be found informational and technical texts.
3001.6.10
  1. Expository Organizational Patterns - information and examples of each type
  2. Ordering the Phrases - excellent interactive quiz - learn about the different stages of a presentation and to learn some phrases that tell your audience where you are in your presentation. This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  3. Organized Speech Writing: Speech Structure - 7 part video lesson A video is available through this link
  4. Patterns of Organization and Their Clue Words - handout - defines term with example word usage [This expired page is from the Internet Archive known as the Wayback Machine.] An Adobe Acrobat document in .pdf format
  5. Principles of Organization - scroll to middle of page to get to this section; four broad principles
  6. Planning, Writing, and Completing Oral Presentations - a quiz with thirty multiple-choice questions and five essay questions This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  7. Speech Organization - determine the most appropriate organizational pattern for a variety of extemporaneous topics
  8. Types of Organizational Patterns - explanations of the types of patterns of a speech
Evaluate informational and technical texts for clarity, coherence and appropriateness of graphics.
3001.6.12
  1. Cause and Effect Chain - graphic organizer [This expired page is from the Internet Archive known as the Wayback Machine.]
  2. Concept Maps Explained - Concept maps and story webs are visual ways to structure ideas. (sample included
  3. Copyright in an Electronic Environment - Fair Use Guidelines for Multimedia
  4. Creating a Multimedia Presentation - Follow the steps to make your multimedia presentation
  5. Five main types of organizers - links showing examples of many types
  6. A resource for the teacher to use in planning their lessonsGraphic Organizers - from Enchanted Learning This link includes something for the teacher to print
  7. A resource for the teacher to use in planning their lessonsGraphic Organizers from Education Place An Adobe Acrobat document in .pdf format This link includes something for the teacher to print
  8. A PowerPoint show related to this standardHelpful Hints for Presenters - [16 slides] many good suggestions can be found in this PowerPoint show by Silvi Marina
  9. A resource for the teacher to use in planning their lessonsIndex of Graphic Organizers - from Inspiration
  10. Multimedia Presentation Checklist - adaptable for middle school students; a customized checklist that you can print out
  11. Photo Analysis Guide - how to analyze photo elements
  12. Short Story Elements - five question multiple-choice quiz This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  13. Ten Tips for PowerPoint Slide Shows - create and deliver visual aids that complement and reinforce your message.
  14. Twelve Tips for Creating a Better PowerPoint Slide Show - produced by the Communications & Information Technology department at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln

State Performance Indicators
6.1 | 6.2 | 6.3 | 6.4 | 6.5 | 6.6 | 6.7

Discern the stated or implied main idea and supporting details of informational and technical passages.
SPI 3001.6.1
  1. Finding the Main Idea This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  2. How are They Selling It? - students read three advertisements and evaluate the type of persuasive writing being employed This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  3. Main Idea - building blocks of comprehension - exercises to print included This link includes something for the teacher to print
  4. Main Idea - The main idea of a paragraph is what all the sentences are about. Read the paragraph and ask, "What's your point?" This link includes something for the teacher to print
  5. Main Idea - lesson on main idea of a passage and an activity to print This link includes something for the teacher to print A lesson plan can be found at this site
  6. Reading Comprehension - free reading comprehension worksheets for teachers and parents - includes original stories, poems, essays, and articles This link includes something for the teacher to print
  7. Reading Detective - Quia quiz This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  8. Reading Headlines - read eight headlines and try to determine what the article is about This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  9. Summarize as You Read - When you summarize, eliminate unnecessary details. Focus on the main idea of the whole passage. This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  10. What's the Big Idea - solve a riddle by answering questions about the main idea This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  11. What's the Big Idea? Exercise 1 - Write the common subject for each group of words, or "write a good title for each list." - a worksheet to print, not interactive This link includes something for the teacher to print
  12. What's the Big Idea? Exercise 2 - Write the common subject for each group of words, or "write a good title for each list." - a worksheet to print, not interactive This link includes something for the teacher to print
  13. What's the Big Idea? Exercise 3 - a bit harder than 1 & 2 - Write the common subject for each group of words, or "write a good title for each list." Then add another example that could be included in that group. Be as specific as you can. - a worksheet to print, not interactive This link includes something for the teacher to print
Make inferences and draw conclusions based on evidence from informational and technical passages.
SPI 3001.6.2
  1. Drawing Inferences - how to be a critical reader This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  2. How are They Selling It? - students read three advertisements and evaluate the type of persuasive writing being employed This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  3. Inference Notes - Use this diagram to help interpret inferences.
  4. Making Inferences and Drawing Conclusions - descriptions of the various ways to aid you in reaching a conclusion
  5. A resource for the teacher to use in planning their lessonsRules of Inference - Lesson discussing the rules of inference.
Use the graphics of informational and technical passages to answer questions.
SPI 3001.6.3
  1. Scanning for Visual Details - This lesson will focus on locating visual details and examining them within the overall context of an image A lesson plan can be found at this site
  2. Using Graph and Charts
    1. Interpreting a Data Chart - answer questions about what can be found in a grid chart This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
    2. Interpreting Column Graphs - answer ten questions about a column graph This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
    3. Interpreting Circle (Pie) Graphs - answer eight questions about a circle graph This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  3. Using Graphs to Understand Data - a five-question multiple-choice quiz This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
Determine the appropriateness of a graphic used to support an informational or technical passage.
SPI 3001.6.4
  1. Cause and Effect Chain - graphic organizer [This expired page is from the Internet Archive known as the Wayback Machine.]
  2. Concept Maps Explained - Concept maps and story webs are visual ways to structure ideas. (sample included
  3. Copyright in an Electronic Environment - Fair Use Guidelines for Multimedia
  4. Creating a Multimedia Presentation - Follow the steps to make your multimedia presentation
  5. Five main types of organizers - links showing examples of many types
  6. A resource for the teacher to use in planning their lessonsGraphic Organizers - from Enchanted Learning This link includes something for the teacher to print
  7. A resource for the teacher to use in planning their lessonsGraphic Organizers from Education Place An Adobe Acrobat document in .pdf format This link includes something for the teacher to print
  8. A PowerPoint show related to this standardHelpful Hints for Presenters - [16 slides] many good suggestions can be found in this PowerPoint show by Silvi Marina
  9. A resource for the teacher to use in planning their lessonsIndex of Graphic Organizers - from Inspiration
  10. Multimedia Presentation Checklist - adaptable for middle school students; a customized checklist that you can print out
  11. Photo Analysis Guide - how to analyze photo elements
  12. Short Story Elements - five question multiple-choice quiz This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  13. Ten Tips for PowerPoint Slide Shows - create and deliver visual aids that complement and reinforce your message.
  14. Twelve Tips for Creating a Better PowerPoint Slide Show - produced by the Communications & Information Technology department at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Identify an informational or technical texts organizational structure.
SPI 3001.6.5
  1. Expository Organizational Patterns - information and examples of each type
  2. Ordering the Phrases - excellent interactive quiz - learn about the different stages of a presentation and to learn some phrases that tell your audience where you are in your presentation. This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  3. Organized Speech Writing: Speech Structure - 7 part video lesson A video is available through this link
  4. Patterns of Organization and Their Clue Words - handout - defines term with example word usage [This expired page is from the Internet Archive known as the Wayback Machine.] An Adobe Acrobat document in .pdf format
  5. Principles of Organization - scroll to middle of page to get to this section; four broad principles
  6. Planning, Writing, and Completing Oral Presentations - a quiz with thirty multiple-choice questions and five essay questions This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  7. Speech Organization - determine the most appropriate organizational pattern for a variety of extemporaneous topics
  8. Types of Organizational Patterns - explanations of the types of patterns of a speech
Differentiate between a critique and summary.
SPI 3001.6.6
  1. Examples of Good Critiques - article with questions to ask yourself while doing a critique.
  2. Informative Speech Critique Form - template for evaluating a speech
  3. Persuasive Speech Critique Sheet - template of things to think about when doing a critique [This expired page is from the Internet Archive known as the Wayback Machine.]
  4. Paraphrase Craze - Well thought out lesson with lots of chances to practice. If you want to get rid of the horrible background in IE go to Tools, Internet Options, click on Accessibility at the bottom of the General tab and click Ingore Colors. Ahhh, much better.
  5. Paraphrase Practice Worksheet - two paragraphs to read and paraphrase on paper An Adobe Acrobat document in .pdf format This link includes something for the teacher to print
  6. Paraphrase Self Test - Type something in the first box as the base text. Next type your paraphrase of the first text. As you type you will see an evaluation below the second box indicating overlapping language This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  7. Paraphrase: Write it in Your Own Words - six steps to effective paraphrasing plus some examples of good (and bad) paraphrasing
  8. Paraphrasing - instructions on how to paraphrase; good beginning lesson
  9. Paraphrasing Exercise - [not interactive] five paragraphs to read and paraphrase on your own paper [ Possible Answers here ]
  10. A resource for the teacher to use in planning their lessonsA PowerPoint show related to this standardParaphrasing Practice - a six slide show - one at a time show the slides and allow students time to paraphrase. Note to teacher: Allow students time to read the slide carefully and then press the B key to black out your screen. Press B one more time to get back to the show.
  11. Paraphrasing Practice - suggestions on how to paraphrase followed by a paragraph to read and paraphrase on paper An Adobe Acrobat document in .pdf format This link includes something for the teacher to print
  12. Paraphrasing Topic Sentences - Read five paragraphs and then select the sentence that best paraphrases the topic sentence of the paragraph. This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  13. Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing - defines each and then tells why and how to use each
  14. Sample Speaker Critique - read how this person does a critique
  15. Scaling Back to Essentials: Scaffolding Summarization With Fishbone Mapping -complete fishbone maps that highlight the main ideas and relevant details from a cause-effect text; lesson plan [This expired page is from the Internet Archive known as the Wayback Machine.] A lesson plan can be found at this site
  16. Self Test: Identifying and Avoiding Plagiarism - excellent examples and tests of the right way to quote, paraphrase and summarize
  17. Speech Analysis #1: How to Study and Critique a Speech - series of articles examining different aspects of presentation analysis
  18. Speech Critiques Examples - great site with video of people speaking to critique, plus their critique on the speech.
  19. Speech Self Critique Guide - he following guidelines should be used in practice sessions to evaluate the speaker and speech and note possible areas of improvement.
  20. Summarizing - interactive lesson and exercise This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  21. Summarizing - lesson on learning to summarize A lesson plan can be found at this site
  22. 'Summarising' worksheets - worksheets to print and answer keys This link includes something for the teacher to print
  23. What is summarising? - UK site - understanding how to summarize (UK spelling used)
Select the best synthesis of a given set of information.
SPI 3001.6.7

 

 

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