January 2014

I Was Homeless

An article describing a boy’s ordeal with homelessness is paired with an infographic about child homelessness in America to create a powerful package.

Download the article to project on your whiteboard.

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Note: The on-level article PDF cannot be printed or copied, but the lower-Lexile version is printable. Both versions will expire after one year.

Teaching Objectives:

This lesson will guide students to find main ideas and supporting details and to make connections between an article and an infographic.

Featured Skills:

Main ideas and supporting details, integrating information

Other Key Skills: vocabulary, close reading, text features, inference, author’s purpose, applying ideas, interpreting graphs, expository and opinion writing


Quizzes and Activity Sheets

Core Skills Workout

Use this package to build your students’ proficiency in three key skills emphasized in Common Core: summarizing, main idea and supporting details, and integrating information. Note: We’ve provided two versions—with more and less scaffolding—for some of these activities:


Practice using challenging vocabulary in this activity. Read more about Storyworks vocabulary here.

Close-Reading and Critical-Thinking Questions

Constructed-response questions that touch on a range of skills. These also appear in your printed Teacher’s Guide and can be used for discussion.


Video Discussion Questions

Use these discussion questions with our video “I Lived in a Truck.”

Interactive Reading-Comprehension Quiz

A test-prep essential! We formed these multiple-choice questions based on state assessments. Need help with interactive PDFs? Visit our FAQ page.

Noninteractive Reading-Comprehension Quiz

A printable version of the quiz above. Includes constructed-response questions as well.

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Answer Keys:

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The Video

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I Lived in a Truck

Our video about the time that teenager Arielle Metzger and her family spent living in a truck makes a powerful companion to the article. Find more Storyworks videos here.

Storyworks Audio: Audio: I Was Homeless

Hear “I Was Homeless” read aloud. Perfect for struggling readers or as listening-comprehension practice for your entire class. Find more audio articles here.


Storyworks Audio: I Was Homeless


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