Herald Bulletin (Anderson, IN)
On a Tuesday afternoon, a dozen or so sixth-grade students at Highland Middle School stare intently at Apple iPads. Some are reading, others tap out their writing exercises.After a few minutes, English teacher Milissa Crum dims the lights. A short piece about gasoline engines appears on a big screen. She takes a moment to read it aloud. When Crum finishes, she asks questions and the real lesson of the day begins: figuring out the main idea of a story. Sometimes that isn't always obvious, she says. Readers have to become detectives searching for clues and supporting information in the text to figure out "the big idea," she tells them.