Many children's magazines include a debate article where students can analyze two sides of a topic. This is to help build comprehension and develop opinion writing. Students read the article, choose a side of the argument, highlight supporting evidence and write their opinion.
I will use this form first with the entire class. I will work with them to build strategies for supporting their opinions with evidence from the text. I also use these articles to have discussions about respecting others even if you don't agree with their opinion. The last response on the form is an opportunity to expand. For some topics or students this might include conducting research from a reliable sources to further support understanding.
Once the students know the expectations, I will use this in reading centers. I take one example of debate articles from each magazine, laminate them and keep them for future use in reading centers. Since this form is generic, it can be used for most articles.