Students will be able to be held accountable for their reading center assignments with a clear agenda with text from Newsela with option to change text or source. Scholars love using the checklist on the side as a guide to foresee their grade. This "agenda" can be used as a take home assignment or as a reading center task. The assignments are higher order thinking that build up to a writing task. Articles that accompany this agenda can be found on Newsela.com by searching Civil Rights Activists: Dolores Huerta or follow link: https://www.biography.com/people/dolores-huerta-188850.
Section 1: scholars are asked to jot a "gist". A gist is the main idea if a small section of the text. So they can read one paragraph and write the main idea of that small section. This allows the reader to break up the text into sections and it helps the student stay focused.
Section 2: Students are asked to choose words from the text and complete the back. Students choose words that are mature and challenging. It encourages the reader to analyze the words without seeking a quick answer from the dictionary.
Section 3: Students are asked to list the important events from the article. For example, R.B. won a pize; that's an important event so it should be listed. Students will be able to judge and distinguish between important and unimportant events.
Section 4: Students are asked to use the important events gathered and write journal entries pretending they are the child of D. Huerta inferring the feelings of her child when important events and obstacles occurred.