A set of graphic organizers for use with current events articles. Use individually, or, follow the 1 week schedule for deeply reading an article.
ARTICLES ARE NOT INCLUDED!
Teachers often have access to a plethora of current events materials for students. Often times, however, the accompanying materials (if there are any…) can be time consuming to copy and organize, or they might be related to the TOPIC at hand, but not necessarily the article at hand.
I have found that familiar graphic organizers geared towards helping my students meet standards helps my students to work “smarter, not harder”.
The first section of this document contains a number of graphic organizers that could be used with current events articles. When you find an article that you wish to use with your students, you simply choose a graphic organizer that best fits the content and standards you are interested in having your students practice. Copy. And go.
If you would like your students to work with the same article over the course of multiple days in order to read closely, there are daily student tasks written along with separate graphic organizers. Of course, you can easily swap in graphic organizers from the first portion of the packet over the course of the close reading week and, conversely, you can use activities from the close reading week in isolation.
These activities are designed to be used flexibly and to keep students focused on standards based work in a way which makes your life simple!
1) Answering “WH” Questions
2) Basic Summary
3) Main Idea & Details
4) Compare & Contrast
5) Problem & Solution
6) Sequence of Events
7) Vocabulary Words
8) – 12) 5 Day Close Reading Task Cards
13) Day 1 – Read for Main Idea
14) Day 2 – Notice New Vocabulary
15) Day 3 – Asking Questions
16) Day 4 - Summarizing
17) Day 5 – Author’s Perspective
18) - 20) Current Events Journal Covers