Current Event Article Close Reading, Informational Text, PDF & Google Drive CCSS

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Laura Randazzo
Grade Levels
6th - 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
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  • Google Apps™
1-page PDF + Google Drive version of student handout (uneditable)
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Loved this resource-- students really enjoyed diving deep into the resources. It asks great questions to get them thinking and help them analyze.
Absolutely loved this! Gave students a chance to choose their own learning material and delve into issues that concern them. Straightforward. Easy to use. Super sub plan too!


Need more informational text-based lessons in your classroom? This print-and-go worksheet is the perfect little tool to use as a weekly, occasional, or extra credit assignment. You can either provide an article for your students to work through as a class or assign students to find their own article to use as the basis of the lesson.

Whether you use this handout as an in-class assignment to use with copies of your local newspaper, take kids to the computer lab to find an online article, or assign the handout to be completed by online learners, the results will be real-world close reading skill builders for your tweens and teens.

This handout, which includes both a PDF and Google Drive version, also works great as material for your emergency sub plan folder!

Designed for students in grades 6 through 12, this single-page activity was built to work in English/language arts, history/social studies, journalism, and business classes.

Hope you get good use out of this print-and-teach worksheet!

Want another creative way to promote critical thinking about current events? Be sure to check out this lesson on How to Read Editorial Cartoons.

NOTE: This item is included in my English 9-10 full-year curriculum. If you already own the full-year download, please do not purchase this item here individually. If you’d like to receive this item plus everything else needed to teach 180 days of English 9 or English 10 at a deeply discounted price, click here to learn more about the full-year curriculum download.

Would you prefer to use this worksheet in Spanish? Click here for the Spanish-language version:

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Cover image credit: Pixabay, Public domain

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1-page PDF + Google Drive version of student handout (uneditable)
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Teaching Duration
Lifelong tool
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literary nonfiction in the grades 6–8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.


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