The popular Article of the Week assignment is perfect for incorporating more nonfiction into any teacher's curriculum. However, teachers have to be careful how they use it. Requiring students to annotate a text is wonderful, but student annotations often don't address the reading areas that the Common Core standards outline.
Therefore, I use a reading analysis form with my Article of the Week to help students gain the skills they need for reading for information. This purchase includes the reading analysis template.
It also includes a graphic organizer/planning page that I use for the short essay I require students to write when I do assign an article of the week. When students fill out the planning page before they write, their writing is more focused and organized. It uses the PEEL strategy for the body paragraphs. On the graphic organizer, there is a space for students to write down the prompt they have chosen. PROMPTS ARE NOT INCLUDED. You have to create your own prompt/s based on the content of the article. I usually create prompts that force students to form an opinion about what they are reading. Then, we discuss the prompts on the day I collect the essays. Because the students have already thought through their opinion through the essay writing, the discussions are usually stronger than if they had to discuss the article cold.
The preview shows all of the two handouts included in this product, so check it out!
Updated to include a PDF file and Word file for editing.