Plain Talk about Handling Stress
This story is what we call informational text. An informational text gives facts about a topic. "Plain Talk about Handling Stress" gives information about stress. Look at the text features of an informational text.
Topic What the text is about
Headings Titles used to organize information
Facts and Details about the topic
As you read, notice how facts and examples help you understand the selections.
Vocabulary for Managing Stress
1. Recall Facts According to the author, do we need some stress in our lives? Why or why not?
2. Recall Facts What does the author say is the best strategy for avoiding stress?
3. Identify Name two ways that stress can be good for you.
4. Identify Name three things that can cause stress on a day-to-day basis.
5. Identify Steps in a Process The author tells how to deal with having too many tasks. What steps does the author suggest?
6. Identify the Main Idea Which of these sentences is the main idea:
a. Crying can help you release tension.
b. Dealing with stress can help you have a better life.
c. All stress is bad.
7. Paraphrase Explain one of the author's suggestions for handling stress. Use your own words.
8. Connect to Your Experience How do you handle stress in your life?
9. Find Similarities and Differences Across Texts. Read the story "Turkish Delight" in Visions B. How is the text structure the same as this one? HINT: Look at the text features.
Assignment 1: Make a poster for stress management and advocate in your community for more relaxation with the second project below.
Assignment 2: Read the material below. Make a PowerPoint presentation on how to manage health inexpensively through food and vitamins. Choose one community audience and present it. Get feedback and bring it in.