February/March 2014

Welcome to the Future

What will life be like in 2114? Students will read the fascinating—and slightly scary—predictions of top scientists. Paired with a poem by Rebecca Kai Dotlich.

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Teaching Objectives:

This lesson will guide students to make inferences from the nonfiction article and poem about what their lives might be like if they lived 100 years from now.

Featured Skills:

Making inferences, connecting texts

Other Key Skills: vocabulary, close reading, details, synthesizing, tone, evaluating, structure, interpreting text, inference, main idea, narrative writing


Quizzes and Activity Sheets

Core Skills Workout

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Domain-Specific Vocabulary

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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. Click here for the questions only, without lines for writing.

Interactive Reading-Comprehension Quiz

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Noninteractive Reading-Comprehension Quiz

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

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Storyworks Audio


Hear “Welcome to the Future” read aloud. Perfect for struggling readers or as listening-comprehension practice for your entire class. Find more audio articles here.

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