CURRENT EVENTS: News Article Summary & Analysis Template | Distance Learning

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This Current Events Summary is an excellent tool for students to get involved with the news and the current events of the week. A simple writing format helps students find, summarize, and write opinions about current news stories and events. I find this activity to be a practical filler for various social studies courses.


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  • Simple student directions: Find, Highlight, Summarize, Importance, Opinion
  • Guided Student writing templates (2 pages)
  • Grading rubric for teachers
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Total Pages
4 pages
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Teaching Duration
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.
Develop the topic with facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples related to the topic.
Introduce a topic or text clearly, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure in which related ideas are grouped to support the writer’s purpose.
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for reflection and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.


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