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 Young Refugees From War in Syria Have New Help to Stay In School and Opinion: Syrian Kids Need an Education or: https://www.hrw.org/tag/education-syrian-refugee-children for another source.
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 problems and solutions found as they read the articles. Some solutions can be provided by article and some solutions students should derive independently.
Section 4: Students are asked to use research gathered on the graphic organizer to write a problem solution essay.