This document is all you need to implement a Current Events routine into your classroom program. Students read a current event article of interest to them, then they write a summary and reflection of the article. They use the included graphic organizer to guide them in determining what is important to include in both the summary and reflection and a writing or planning page. Also included in the document are the Current Event Guidelines which outlines everything students need to know to complete the assignment, a list of age appropriate websites from which students can locate a current event, a current events schedule for the class to help in planning the year, a rubric so students know what they are being graded on, and bulletin board headers for displaying student work.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 4–5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.
Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.
Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
By the end of year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, in the grades 4–5 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.