EXTRA! EXTRA!
WHAT'S THE BIG IDEA?!
USER MANUAL

Print Manual

The user manual for Extra! Extra! What's The Big Idea?! can be printed by following these steps:

  1. Make sure you have Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. Acrobat Reader can be found by clicking here to visit their site and download a free copy.
  2. Click here to see the printable version of the user manual.
  3. Go to the File menu, and select Print.
Site Map Click here to see a map of the entire web site. You can use this map to move around to the different areas within Extra! Extra! What's The Big Idea?!
Goals

Extra! Extra! What's The Big Idea?! covers the following objectives.

  • TLW identify the stated or paraphrased main idea of a selection.
  • TLW identify the best summary of a selection.
  • TLW use the main idea to determine the best picture to match the story.

This program centers around the creation of a newspaper. Newspapers are an excellent example of how you use the main idea to summarize information. Every article or picture requires the student ot identify the main idea This site is best used after some introduction from the teacher.

Instructions The main page has a colorful table that will take you to 4 different places or offices. Below you will find an Office Directory. You can use the Office Directory to jump to different sections of this manual.
Office
Directory

Use this directory or continue to scroll down this page to find out what you can do in each office.

  1. Supervisor's Office
  2. Journalist's Desk
  3. Dark Room
  4. Publishing & Layout
Supervisor's
Office

You are in the Supervisor's Office right now. The Supervisor's Office is an excellent source of help. You can get some quick pointers for using Extra!, Extra! What's The Big Idea?!

Back to the Office Directory

Journalist's
Desk

This room is the center of the action. You can use the table to select different articles from our library.

Once you have selected your own article you must choose the correct title or main idea of that article. Three titles are presented and you must select the best one.

Here are the steps in outline form.

  1. Select an article or story
  2. Choose the title or main idea of that article
  3. If you pick the right answer you can play again.
  4. If you pick the wrong answer you will have to go back and try again.

Click here if you want to go the Journalist's Desk right now!

Back to the Office Directory

Dark Room

After the student selects a picture, he/she is asked to choose a caption (the main idea). Three different captions are presented. Only one caption correctly identifies the main idea. Students are not required to read a lengthy selection, and can concentrate on determining the main idea 

Inside the Dark Room you will see a list thumbnails or small pictures. Each picture is a link to a larger picture. Click on the sentence that is the best choice for the main idea of that picture. Follow these steps:

  1. Click on a picture that interests you.
  2. Choose the sentence that best fits the main idea.
  3. If you pick the right answer you can play again.
  4. If you pick the wrong answer you will have to go back and try again.

Click here if you want to go to the Dark Room right now!

Back to the Office Directory

Publishing and Layout

STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Publishing and Layout allows the student to choose his favorite picture and match that picture with a story that matches the picture.

Click here if you want to go to the Publishing and Layout room right now!

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Menu Bar This is the menu bar. You can use this bar to navigate or move through the program. The menu bar appears on the top of every page.

This site is no longer being maintained, but will remain online for the use of educators.