Monday, January 14, 2008

Get a Clue Without Words

Nothing replaces reading to get the meaning, but there are a lot of other clues if you know where to search. Using Scholastic News, we focused on some of the ways a reader can figure out the gist of an article.

Here are our NOTES for today.

Clues to Get the Gist

Use everything other than words to get the gist. Look at the title, sub-titles, headings, fonts, pictures, captions, etc.

The 6A Language Arts class worked first as partners, and then as a class and compiled this list of non-word ways to understand as article.

  1. Title—gives an idea of the article’s topic

  2. Font—different font like bold print means word or idea is important

  3. Pictures—visualize the information

  4. Captions—help understand the picture

  5. Colored sections—important information/ makes you want to read them

  6. Subtitles—provide details to go with the title

  7. Headings—tells what the section is about

  8. Timeline—gives dates events happened

  9. Inserts—extra information that is not necessarily part of the story

  10. Graphs—shows data/statistics

  11. Questions—makes you think about main points

List compiled by 6A


Anonymous said...

Man they sure are working hard

Anonymous said...

Just watch 6B will be on here tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

I think that it is cool that we can get in a group and look at a scholastic news and high lite stuff that is important. Another thing is that, I think that the pitchers on the blog are cool because, the kids look like they are working hard.

Anonymous said...

I think that we was working hard I mean come on a lot of people work wile nibling on there pincil like I was.

Mr. McGuire said...

I think that we was working hard I mean come on a lot of people work wile nibling on there pincil like I was.

I am glad this post is from anonymous, that way I can hope that the poster found our Blog from another school. I am sure that a hard working, intelligent Laurelville student would not say something like "we was," and misspell nibbling, pencil, and there.

Mr. McGuire said...


Did you mean while : a period of time especially when short and marked by the occurrence of an action or a condition?

Anonymous said...

Hey Mr. McGeezer i aint gots no milk do you no were i can get some

Anonymous said...

Woah, we really were working hard that day. My partner was really going fast through everything!!

Anonymous said...

I'm glad that we(the class) didn't have to write all of that down.