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NONFICTION: “The Shattered Sky,” pages 4-10
Central Idea/Details and Objective Summary
9. A. Below is a central idea of “The Shattered Sky” and three supporting details. Two details DO support the
central idea. Cross out the detail that DOES NOT.
B. Briefly explain why the detail that you crossed out does NOT support the central idea above.
10. An objective summary is a short statement or paragraph that tells what an article is about. Draw a line
through the three sentences below that should definitely NOT be included in an objective summary of
“The Shattered Sky.”
1a. Noble and his family lived in Halifax, a town in Nova Scotia, Canada.
1b. Noble had an amazing view of the Narrows from his backyard.
1c. The Mont-Blanc was packed full of munitions for World War I.
1d. Thousands of people were killed in the 1917 Explosion in Halifax Harbor.
1e. It must have been terrifying to live through the explosion in Halifax.
1f. Today, there are many seafood restaurants along the harbor in Halifax.
After the Imo and the Mont-Blanc collided, few people had any idea
that the Mont-Blanc was going to explode.
“Fortunately for Noble, the wave
did not reach him.” (p. 9)
“In a fraction of a second, the
Mont-Blanc was ripped to pieces.”
“Doors ﬂew off hinges, trees
snapped in two, windows
shattered, and shards of glass
shot through the air like
missiles.” (p. 9)