This can be used as a Pre-Assessment or Post-Assessment to see how proficient students are at analyzing informational text. Articles at Newsela.com are excellent resources to use with this handout. I used the article "Cellphones in Schools: Does Safety Outweigh Distraction?"
Includes a Rubric!
Tied to Common Core Standards for Reading Informational Text:
Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, distinguishing claims that are supported by reasons and evidence from claims that are not.