These pieces compare and contrast current events. I use these pieces as homework assignments. Research resources include Notice and Note: Strategies for Close Reading, Article of the Week by Kelly Gallagher and Common Core Standards documents. There are six weeks worth of homework assignments on expository text with constructed response questions for each. Students will be required to critically think, discuss responses with their peers, identify tier 2 vocabulary and justify their positions. If you have any questions regarding implementation, please do not hesitate to e-mail me. Assignment should take at least 1.5 hours to complete.