To make the Text Highlight Challenge comprehensible and accessible to ELLs, pre-teach relevant vocabulary. Make sure your students understand the key language in both the question and the passage. You may also model using a think aloud so students can hear your strategies as you decide what to highlight.

You can print out the Challenge or any text passage and have students highlight text for specified information, such as vocabulary, grammar, or content.  Following are some examples of what you you might ask students to highlight:


  • words related to a theme
  • multiple meanings
  • definition of a specified word
  • Grammar

  • certain parts of speech
  • examples of a verb tense
  • examples of the passive mood
  • Cognitive Function

  • words or phrases that signal compare contrast
  • words or phrases that signal sequencing
  • Content

    • main idea
    • evidence supporting a certain argument or opinion

    Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments