Hot Topics Informational Text Lessons: BUNDLE, Set #1, Distance Learning

Hot Topics Informational Text Lessons: BUNDLE, Set #1, Distance Learning
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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!


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- 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!"

♥ "My students could relate to the topics which I feel made a huge difference in their interest in reading them."

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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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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.
Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.
Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, including the validity of the reasoning as well as the relevance and sufficiency of the evidence.


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