Hot Topics Informational Text Lessons: BUNDLE, Set #1

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Julie Faulkner
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7th - 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
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    Engage and motivate students with these informational, expository text close reading assignments. These easy-prep Hot Topics Info Text Lesson is the perfect ready-to-go resource to practice close reading skills and comprehension. This resource is not just questions and answers - you are getting a full lesson plan complete with a relevant video links, an argumentative writing prompt, and extension ideas! Plus, all the answers are here, too!


    -Lesson Plans


    -Sub Plan



    - 100% editable

    -Links to articles

    -Extension/Project Ideas

    *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:

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    ♥ "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!"

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    ♥ "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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    Terms of Use: Please one classroom use only. Not to be shared online without proper security. Additional licenses sold at a discount at checkout. Art and Images credited inside file.

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    to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
    Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
    Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
    Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
    Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
    Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.


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