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.
This lesson will guide students to find main ideas and supporting details and to make connections between an article and an infographic.
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.
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.
Use these discussion questions with our video “I Lived in a Truck.”
A test-prep essential! We formed these multiple-choice questions based on state assessments. Need help with interactive PDFs? Visit our FAQ page.
A printable version of the quiz above. Includes constructed-response questions as well.
Download all activities
for this article.
Get them in one click!
Click on the links below to access this issue's answer keys.
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
See how this text will challenge your students.
The explicit purpose of “I Was Homeless” is to describe one boy’s experience with homelessness. The story’s implicit purpose (and the infographic’s sole purpose) is to provide information about how homelessness affects children.
“I Was Homeless” contains both narrative and informational passages. “Child Homelessness in America” presents information in both text and graphic forms.
“I Was Homeless” contains some academic and domain-specific vocabulary, such as eviction and crisis.
Some prior knowledge of homeless shelters will aid comprehension.
Lexile Level: 870L
Lower-Lexile Level: 630L
Guided Reading Level: S
DRA Level: 40
Skills and Standards
CCR Anchor Standards: R1, R2, R4, R7, R9, R10, W1, W4, SL1, SL2, L4, L6