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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).

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• 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).
Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient; recognize when irrelevant evidence is introduced.
Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of using different mediums (e.g., print or digital text, video, multimedia) to present a particular topic or idea.
Analyze in detail the structure of a specific paragraph in a text, including the role of particular sentences in developing and refining a key concept.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.
Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to supporting ideas; provide an objective summary of the text.


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