Do you need an independent reading activity for emergency sub plans, summer packets, blizzard bags, or enrichment?
This is an independent activity appropriate for middle schoolers, in and out of a traditional classroom setting. It asks students to find and analyze three newspaper articles about the same topic. It has been designed to take 1-2 hours. You can use this activity in several ways:
Here are some ideas for using this activity:
*Beach Bag (rising 7-8)*
Many teachers combat summer slide, or the skills students lose over a summer of not reading or writing. A beach bag is a take-home activity designed to reconnect students to their analysis skills from the school year.
*Blizzard Bag (6-8)*
Many districts are designating eLearning days as a way to keep students connected to the classroom in heavy winter weather. A blizzard bag is an independent activity that uses classroom skills. This activity is graded like a normal assignment.
Some students need extra practice using some of these basic analysis skills. Use this activity in enrichment sessions.
-Determine a central idea and analyze its development (RI.7.2)
-Determine the author’s point of view or purpose (RI.7.6)
-Analyze how authors writing about the same topic shape their presentations (RI.7.9)
What you get:
1. A Task Page including MLA citations and Key Ideas & Details
2. A Craft & Structure Page focused on word choice and author’s tone
3. An Integration of Knowledge & Ideas Page with a short writing assignment (Version 1)
4. An Integration of Knowledge & Ideas Page with no writing assignment(Version 2)
5. A longer writing assignment for use with Version 2 of K&I + Self-Evaluation Rubric
6. Self-Evaluation Rubrics for Version 1
7. Teacher Evaluation Rubrics for Versions 1 and 2
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