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Informational Text Lesson on Hot Topics: Is Hazing Harmless or Hurtful?

Julie Faulkner
Grade Levels
9th - 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
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13 pages
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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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Engage and motivate students with this informational, expository text close reading assignment. This 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 mini lesson plan complete with a relevant video link, two versions of the text-based questions, an argumentative writing prompt, and ideas for extension! Plus, all the answers are here, too!

Student Experience: Students will be drawn into the lesson by the high-interest topic. They will then dig into the text looking for vocabulary, purpose, and more. The questions are designed to have students truly dig into and respond to an informational text. Last, students can share their opinions in writing with the included prompt. A short research project for extension is also included. Students will be engaged, informed, and ready to debate and discuss no matter their reading level or experience with close reading and annotating!

Excellent also for ELA or sports, psychology, or health class.


-Formal lesson plan

-Super simple sub sheet

-Standards links

-Link to article

-Idea and Materials for starter

-Short answer questions and answers (Two versions of the questions for leveling.)

-Argumentative Prompt

-Extension and Differentiation Ideas

-100% editable PPT

Classroom success stories from other teachers who have tried this lesson:

♥ "Student athletes were very engaged! Thanks!"

♥ "Outstanding! A thorough and well thought-out product."

♥ "This tied in great with a nonfiction unit I was teaching. I appreciate the additional resources included with the reading passage."

♥ "My kids loved this - what a great way to bring light to a topic that not many kids are aware of. Thank you!"

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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.

Total Pages
13 pages
Answer Key
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.
Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style 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.
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
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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