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Great resource for students analyzing current events. We completed this weekly in a set of google slides where students filled out the organizer of their choice.
Great organizer for Article of the Week! I used this weekly with my students as we looked at an article of the week. Awesome!!


Add diversity to your current event assignments with these 5 standards-aligned templates. Each current event worksheet focuses on a different reading comprehension skill (Main Idea & Details, Text Connections, Vocabulary in Context, Fact vs. Opinion, and Summarizing).

This resource can be completed on paper or online with laptops, Chromebooks, tablets, or any device that supports Google Slides. The included Teacher's Guide includes access to the link that will allow you to make your own copy of the resource for use in Google Classroom/Google Drive.



♥ This was perfect for my class and I love the different options.

♥ Perfect for our current events articles! Saved me time!

♥ Great for my multi-level resource class.

♥ I use these once a week with my students! They work very well! Thank you!



• Main Ideas and Supporting Details: In order to reinforce the ability to locate the central idea and particular details when reading informational text, students record the main idea and supporting details presented in the news article.

• Text Connections: Students demonstrate their ability to integrate information by establishing three different types of connections with the text. Connecting the article to the self, other texts, and the world will reinforce student understanding of the information.

• Vocabulary in Context: Students begin by locating three new words in the text. For each new word, students include the definition, a picture, and an original sentence in the matrix provided. Next, students show their understanding of the text by inserting a picture to represent the main idea.

• Fact vs. Opinion: Students distinguish between the facts and opinions presented in the text. Beginning with the concrete evidence, students record five different facts. In order to show their understanding of opinion, students record their personal opinion of the article in the space provided.

• Summarizing: First, students record the 5Ws (who, what, when, where, and why) presented in the text. Next, students use the information obtained from the 5Ws to write a concise summary of the news article.



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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.
Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.
Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text, identifying which reasons and evidence support which point(s).
Integrate information from several texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.
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.


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