Close Reading - Freedom of the Press

Grade Levels
4th - 7th
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96 pages
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Freedom of the Press, or Journalism - 5 articles with everything needed for a full three readings. Along with each full-page non-fiction article, there are text dependent questions and additional activities specific to the reading, a total of seven assignments in all for 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 - freedom of speech, freedom of the press, how far do these freedoms really go?

2. Investigative Journalism - about the fascinating career of "watchdog reporting"

3. Fake News - finding news that you can trust, compared to "news" meant to manipulate its readers

4. Newspapers from the Start - a little history of newspapers from Colonial broadsides to online versions

5. What Should a Journalist Do? - journalism ethics for professional or student writers

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 to determine whether the articles chosen are meant to inform or persuade.

The five 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 Easel Version of the activities is ready to use with answer boxes and directions already in place for student use.

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
96 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
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.
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.


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