Informational Text Lesson on Hot Topics: Dangers of Energy Drinks

Julie Faulkner
Grade Levels
7th - 11th, Adult Education, Homeschool
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  1. 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 fu
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This informational text lesson on the dangers of energy drinks is the perfect ready-to-go lesson to practice close reading skills and comprehension! With eight specific standards-based questions and a text-based writing prompt, your students will be engaged, informed, and ready to debate!

Student Experience: Students will read the high-interest, engaging article about the dangers of energy drinks. Then, students will truly dig into and respond to that text. Last, students will write a short argumentative paragraph to share their feelings on the topic.


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- Vocabulary

- Questions

- Prompt

- Answers

- Standards connections

- Link to article

- Super simple substitute plan

- 100% editable file

Classroom success stories from teachers who have tried this resource:

♥ "My students were SO in to this lesson! Thanks for a great unit plan where it was easy to include more of my own informational texts. I used this to lead into a mini-research paper and the students loved it!"

♥ "Current article on a topic that interests the students. Great class discussion about energy drinks. Well organized with attractive graphics and easy to read. Student friendly. Thank you, Julie."

♥ "My students enjoyed this selection, and some made changes to their consumption of these drinks after our reading and discussion. Thanks!"

♥ "What a great, timely lesson. I used this as a sub plan since all of the information was right there for the students to use."

♥ "My students were engaged during this lesson and I appreciated the clear directions. The article is very interesting, too!"

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Total Pages
6 pages
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Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
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.
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.
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.


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