Citizenship Reading Response: Business Owner Pays it Forward (Article 002)

Citizenship Reading Response: Business Owner Pays it Forward (Article 002)
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(9 MB|20 slides, 11 pages)
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This article is about citizenship. A local business owner who once had his heating cut off because he struggled to pay the bills gives back to his community by paying the utility bill for 36 families in need.   

This package includes 

  • an article at 3 different reading levels - Grade 4, 7, 10 (approx)
  • a mini lesson on citizenship with 4 discussion questions
  • a paragraph response package with brainstorming and rubric handouts.

CHECK OUT THE PREVIEW FILE (read me first file) to see exactly what you get.

Small business owner pays it forward by paying overdue utility bills for 36 families over the holidays


  • Just print a class set of the file called Utility Bills - 0 NO PREP.PDF
  • This includes the article (middle reading level), the paragraph response handouts and rubric.

OPTION 2: If you want to watch the slideshow that goes with this article:

OPTION 3: If you want to EDIT the files:

  • Modify the Word .DOCx handouts to fit your specific classroom needs.
  • You may need to install the BANGERS comic book font (instructions provided later on)

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Our weekly 21st Century Learning Articles give you information about an issue that you can discuss with your students - as a quick 5-minute conversation or stretched out into a full period. 

  • The lesson slideshow includes talking points and discussion questions. This will always be free and posted on our website. 
  • A student handout package is available for download from our TpT store. This includes printable handouts at three different reading levels in PDF and editable .DOCx format. 
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Our 21st Century Learning Articles are written at three different reading levels: 

  • a middle reading level - approx. grades 7-8
  • a harder level - approx. grades 9-11 
  • an easier level - approx. grades 4-6.  

This allows teachers at different grades to use our lessons. It also gives teachers the opportunity to accommodate or modify for different student reading levels within the same class.

  • The different reading level handouts look identical and the content in each body paragraph is identical. 
  • Body paragraphs are numbered on each handout for easier reference. 

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Total Pages
20 slides, 11 pages
Answer Key
Rubric only
Teaching Duration
50 minutes
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