Finally! A great way to use that stack of National Geographics sitting in the back of the room! This activity is an excellent way to get your students to engage with all those great articles and photographs. It's a double-sided reading organizer designed specifically for National Geographic magazines, and specifically for social studies. It can be used with any issue of the magazine, any year, any decade.
You may have found, like me, that the reading level of National Geographic articles is just a bit over the heads of many middle school and high school students. For years, this kept me from getting effective classroom use out of my magazines. That's why I designed this universal organizer for National Geographic - it's based on the analysis of photographs and their captions, an activity that students can appreciate at a variety of reading levels. And it's student-centered so the kids can pick and choose what they want to discuss about the article. They are not expected to read the entire piece. Makes for a great emergency lesson as long as magazines are available. If you don't have a collection of National Geographics, check with your librarian to see if he/she has any you can use.
(**You will need at least 2 or 3 magazines per student participating in the activity. It is designed for student-choice, so they should be allowed to try a different magazine if they can't find a good article in the first one they look at.) [PLEASE BE AWARE THUMBNAILS OF THIS WORKSHEET ARE DISTORTED.]