Module 7-Reading Information-Language Arts 5B - Course Guide

Module Overview:

In this unit, students will learn how to read for the purpose of understanding the main idea in a text. Students will learn how to look for the details that support the main idea and how they can use those ideas to summarize a text or video. Students will learn how to use direct quotes to make their summaries more interesting to readers. Students will learn how to use correct punctuation when including direct quotes in their writing.

Module Materials:

  • Pencils
  • Crayons or colored pencils
  • Notebook
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Highlighter
  • Markers
  • Blank paper

Module Objectives:

Lesson # Lesson Title Objective(s)
1 Main Ideas
  1. Identify two or more main ideas in a passage of informational text.
  2. Explain how the main ideas in a text are supported by details.
2 Supporting Details
  1. Explain how the main ideas in a text are supported by details.
3 Using Direct Quotes
  1. Use direct quotes to support your explanation of a text’s main ideas.
4 Punctuating Quotes
  1. Punctuate direct quotes used to support an explanation.

Module Key Words:

Key Words
informational text
main idea
prior knowledge
direct quote

Module Assignments:

Lesson # Lesson Title Page # Assignment Title
1 Main Ideas 5 Main Ideas Assignment
2 Supporting Details 5 Summarize It Assignment
3 Using Direct Quotes 6 Quote It Assignment

Learning Coach Notes:

Lesson # Lesson Title Notes
1 Main Ideas
2 Supporting Details
3 Using Direct Quotes
4 Punctuating Quotes In their Language Arts notebook, have your student write the rules for punctuating quotes.

Module Guiding Questions:

When a student starts a lesson ask them questions to check for prior knowledge and understanding and to review concepts being taught. At the end of the lesson ask the questions again to see if their answer changes.

Lesson Title Question
Main Ideas
  1. What is the main idea of a text?
Supporting Details
  1. What are supporting details?
Using Direct Quotes
  1. What are direct quotes?
Punctuating Quotes
  1. How do you punctuate quotes?

Module Video Questions:

When a student watches a video take time to ask them questions about what they watched. Suggested questions for the videos in this module are listed here. Suggestion: Have the student watch the entire video first all the way through. Then have them watch the video a second time, as they watch it pause the video and ask the questions.

Lesson Title Video Question
Main Ideas Circus
  1. What did you learn about circus life from watching this video?
Main Ideas Big Top Tots
  1. What did the family in this video do in the circus?
Main Ideas Listen Up
  1. What are supporting details?
  2. What is a main idea?
  3. What is the main idea and supporting details in this video?
Supporting Details Using What We Know
  1. Why is it important to use reliable sources?
  2. How does thinking about what you already know about a topic help you better understand new things about the topic?
Supporting Details In Summary: The Story of Tom Thumb
  1. What does it mean to summarize?
Supporting Details Annie Oakley, Calamity Jane, Belle Starr and the Women of the Wild, Wild, West
  1. Summarize what this video was about in your Language Arts Journal.
Using Direct Quotes In Summary: The Story of Tom Thumb
  1. What does it mean to summarize?
  2. Summarize the Story of Tom Thumb.
Punctuating Quotes 7 Rules for Using the Comma
  1. When do you use a comma when writing quotes?

Module Suggested Read Aloud Books:

Take time to read to your student or have them read aloud to you. Read a different book each day. While reading the book point out concepts being taught. You may purchase these books or find them at your local library. Suggested things to discuss while reading the book:

  • What is the main idea?
  • What are three things new you learned?
  • How does this book relate to what you are learning about?

# Book Author Lexile Level
1 Peter Spier's Circus Peter Spier
2 Twenty-One Elephants and Still Standing April Jones Prince AD800L

Module Outing:

Take some time to apply what your student is learning to the real world. Suggested outings are below.

# Outing