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Looking for an interesting way to engage students with informational, expository texts? Need to motivate your students to read? Want something relevant for a close reading exercise? These easy prep mini lessons are the perfect ready-to-go lessons to practice close reading skills! With skills-based, text-based questions and writing prompts, your students will be engaged, informed, and ready to debate! The questions are designed to have students truly dig into and respond to a text!
This resource is not just questions and answers for info texts - you are getting a full blown mini lesson plan complete with a writing prompt at the end! Have these in your file for a crazy schedule day, in between units, for substitutes, or evaluation days!
All files are 100% editable and include active links to the high-interest, grade level appropriate articles, answers, standards links, and suggested lesson plan. **Now with my exclusive super simple substitute sheet.**
*Note about content: Two of the articles (Coach Behavior and Internet Safety) use some language that might be considered mature for some readers. It isn't central to the main content of the article, nor is it addressed in the questions. It could be edited out easily.*
Classroom success stories from other teachers who have tried these lessons:
♥ "Great sub/emergency plan! Was very easy to get prepared, I have it set aside for the day I need it!"
♥ "Very pertinent information for today's classroom."
♥ "I love these, I can leave them with a sub in a pinch! Great back up activity!"
♥ "Too awesome for words! I'm using these with 7th graders to practice close reading with text that's difficult. These are challenging, but topics are very engaging. We started with the "Reading is good for your brain" selection." Many students finally understood why teachers assign independent reading. Wow!"
♥ "My students could relate to the topics which I feel made a huge difference in their interest in reading them."
♥ "High-interest engaging articles are a must when working with teenagers! I like that they're sub friendly, and I'm leaving something interesting and useful! Thanks!"
♥ "These articles are really liked by my students! I like the answer keys and the layout."
♥ "This is my go-to for sub plans! Everything you put out is amazing material!"
♥ "This has not only been a resource but also a source of ideas. My favorite article to use is the one of energy drinks-- the students are able to easily connect with it!"
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