We all know that Common Core writing is all about paired texts and using a variety of sources! This download includes 14 different expository and argumentative writing assignment sheets. Each contains a prompt and links to 3-5 paired text sources of a variety of types (websites, articles, and videos). The topics are all based on current events. You will need a NewsELA and Readworks account to view some of the sources (both accounts are free).
ALSO INCLUDED are scaffolded versions of EVERY assignment sheet for your special ed or younger students.
I designed these for my junior high 6th and 7th grade English classes to help them prepare for the ELA PARCC standardized test. However, they could easily be modified for 8th, 9th, 10th, other high school grades, or even 5th grade.
You will love giving your middle school students so many options for their argumentative and expository research assignments/projects! All of the informational texts and videos are interesting and at a level your students can understand.
Many of the prompts would also be great cross-curricular projects with the science and history classes!
You will receive the documents in both PDF and Google Doc format.
Disclaimer: some of the "Should Music Be Free" texts contain profanity.