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.
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.
Making inferences, connecting texts
Other Key Skills: vocabulary, close reading, details, synthesizing, tone, evaluating, structure, interpreting text, inference, main idea, narrative writing
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Core Skills Workout
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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.
See how this text will challenge your students.
The explicit purpose of “Welcome to the Future” is to relate some experts’ predictions about life in the year 2114. The text is paired with a poem about the human drive to continually imagine and invent the future.
“Welcome to the Future” is informational and includes compare-and-contrast structures. The poem “What is yet to be is but a guess . . .” has six stanzas of varying lengths.
“Welcome to the Future” contains some academic and domain-specific vocabulary, such as fission and efficient.
Some knowledge of current technology will aid comprehension.
Lexile Level: 900L
Lower-Lexile Level: 660L
Guided Reading Level: S
DRA Level: 40
Skills and Standards
CCR Anchor Standards: R1, R2, R4, R9, R10, W3, W4, W9, W10, SL1, L1, L2, L4, L6