This resource is based on the concept of Article of the Week created by Kelly Gallagher. This article was written by Laurel Wamsley for NPR.
This resource seeks to help upper elementary classrooms implement Article of the Week in the classroom. The questions we have created can be scaled up or down depending on your students. The STAAR stems used for the multiple choice questions do come from 5th grade.
What is included:
• Three different variations of the same article
-Option 1 includes blank space for students to take notes and guided reading
questions to answer.
-Option 2 includes boxes for “chunking” text into main ideas and guided reading
questions to answer.
-Option 3 includes the questions along the margin to help guide readers as they go
through the article.
*** Please note – all 3 options include the guided reading questions. It is your decision as to how your students answer those questions.
-- Open-ended response questions
-- STAAR-aligned multiple choice questions
-- Two different summary options
-- 3-2-1 chart for after reading
-- Answer keys for all questions
This resource can be used throughout the entire week and could even serve as a Do-Now upon entering the room. It can be modeled and guided if your students need more assistance, and as they begin to get comfortable, you can start allowing them to take more ownership.
You could also use this resource as a take on Literature Circles for your students. In their groups, they will determine how the article is read (independently, in partners, as a group) and then they will discuss the article and as a group, they can determine who answers which questions and/or who can summarize. The questions can be split into tasks for each group member to answer and report back to the group.
There are so many ways to use this resource!
Here is one possible weekly schedule for implementation:
Monday – Students read the article and take notes on their own (or using whatever
close reading strategies have been taught).
Tuesday – Students reread the article, answering the guided questions in the margin.
Wednesday – Students answer the open-ended comprehension questions.
Thursday – Students answer the multiple-choice questions.
Friday – Students complete a written summary of the article.
We hope you enjoy this resource with over 20 questions, and if you like it, try another
Article of the Week!
This article is also included in our Article of the Week MEGA Bundle!
9 Article of the Week resources with high-interest science, social studies, and humanities topics.
Feel free to email us with any articles you would like to use in your own classroom! Email us at email@example.com
If you like this resource, try our fiction read aloud bundle. Inferences, vocabulary, and other mixed fictional TEKS - all STAAR aligned and tied to a great book!
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