To help students understand longer articles and prepare them for college reading, you can use these worksheets, which are similar to literature and textbook circles. The roles are: Discussion Leader, Vocabulary Enricher, Graphic Analyzer, Cause Effect Examiner, Idea Person, and Geographer.
You don't need to use every role. Because the students must record the article's title, author, publication, etc. It's easy to use for creating citations in future lessons.
Skills learned or reinforced: reading, inference, research, dictionary use, critical thinking, academic discussion and writing.
Can be adapted to many disciplines, e.g. social studies, history, current events, technology.