Reflection: Complex Tasks Summarizing Informational Text - Section 3: Guided/Independent Practice


This turned out to be a lot of fun to teach! I was nervous the students would not connect with the text and the background knowledge needed to fully understand the panic the broadcast caused.  However, the students were able to identify the lack of technology during the 1930's and then were able to draw conclusions that if there was a lack of technology, people would not be able to check the facts of the report. 

This led to great discussion to current news.  The students discussed how the reports of the missing Malaysian flight were not all accurate.  This helped them understand how easy we have it and why a panic like this would most likely not happen today.

We also discussed how different news is today verses the 1930's.  I thought about it while teaching, but in the future, teaching this lesson, I think it would be really beneficial to have actual news reports from the 1930's to compare today's news to. 

Overall, the students had a lot of fun with this article and were able to write great summaries, capturing the key ideas and supporting details. 

  The Panic Broadcast
  Complex Tasks: The Panic Broadcast
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Summarizing Informational Text

Unit 5: Unit 3 Nonfiction and Informational Text
Lesson 9 of 9

Objective: SWBAT identify main idea and supporting details as well as summarize a text for better understanding.

Big Idea: The Martians Attack!! Students read an informational piece and summarize the events that lead up to the panic Orson Welles created with his infamous radio broadcast!

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