Visit two sources on the web and create a letter to the teacher in response. This week: Rolling Stones of Death Valley? Do they really move on their own? Find out!
Need quality writing assignments for students that practice using sources, determining importance, citing text evidence, and forming opinions? Your students will LOVE getting a letter from you each week and creating a quality response. My middle school students love the topics and enjoy this weekly assignment in their interactive notebooks. Your letter will give specific instructions for each paragraph so students practice following directions and independent writing. Enjoy!
Reading and Critical Thinking Skills
• Ask students to summarize the central idea using examples from the article.
• Pick an article that talks about a radical new invention or idea and initiate a class debate by dividing the students in two groups – Encourage them to argue about the pros and cons of the invention.
• Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings.
• Analyze how a particular sentence, paragraph, or section fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the ideas.
• Determine the author’s point of view or purpose of the article and explain how it is conveyed.
• Identify unfamiliar and challenging words from the Vocab list at the end of the article and discuss meanings with the class.
• Create spelling lists and tests around the Vocab words.
• Ask students to seek out the synonyms and antonyms of the Vocab words.
• Ask students to pick their favorite articles and post a summary in their own words to their blog or class website for everyone to read.
Beyond the classroom and article
• Pick another similar topic and ask students to conduct more research on the subject.