In Texas, the new STAAR test requires 4th graders to write two expository papers, so there is a need to teach this type of writing to our students.
In this center, students will either read and summarize a current event article, or respond to one of 20 writing prompts. This center provides an excellent opportunity for students to practice writing expository papers in a variety of contexts.
The "Current Event" articles are not provided, but I have provided valid links to websites containing good articles for kids. The articles you chose also allow this center be integrated throughout the different subject and content areas of the curriculum.