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Close Reading - Freedom of the Press

Grade Levels
4th - 7th
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Freedom of the Press, or Journalism - each of the 5 articles has everything needed for a full three readings. In addition to the full-page non-fiction articles, there are text dependent questions and additional activities specific to each reading. Here is what is included - ready to use - to cover all of the steps of close reading:

The five articles -

1. The First Amendment

2. Investigative Journalism

3. Fake News

4. Newspapers from the Start

5. What Should a Journalist Do? (Journalism Ethics)

With each article -

For the First Reading

Text Dependent Questions (TDQs)

Main idea and Supporting Details – Graphic Organizer

For the Second Reading

Text Dependent Questions (TDQs)

Vocabulary Graphic Organizer

Text Structure Graphic Organizer

For the Third Reading

Text Dependent Questions (TDQs)

Writing Prompt

Also included are close reading charts and a follow-up activity. The two charts show students just what they need to do for each reading and the symbols for marking up the texts; plus, there is a smaller version of these two charts for students' notes. The follow-up activity involves research into a current events topic of the student's choice.

The articles and the TDQs are arranged in a landscape, two-column format so that they can be folded to fit easily into students' notebooks.

This packet is designed to be easy to use, with everything that you need to do a full close reading of each of the five articles.

The activities support Reading: Informational Text standards such as using text evidence to make inferences, determining main ideas using text evidence, identifying text structures, and using clues in the text to define words.

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Total Pages
51 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.


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