This Current Events Portfolio is an independent reading activity and perfect for emergency sub plans, summer packets, blizzard bags, or enrichment. It requires students to study multiple perspectives on the same current event.
This is an independent activity appropriate for middle schoolers, in and out of a traditional classroom setting. It asks students to find and analyze three newspaper articles about the same topic. It has been designed to take 1-2 hours. You can use this activity in several ways:
Here are some ideas for using this activity:
*Beach Bag (rising 7-8)*
Many teachers combat summer slide, or the skills students lose over a summer of not reading or writing. A beach bag is a take-home activity designed to reconnect students to their analysis skills from the school year.
*Blizzard Bag (6-8)*
Many districts are designating eLearning days as a way to keep students connected to the classroom in heavy winter weather. A blizzard bag is an independent activity that uses classroom skills. This activity is graded like a normal assignment.
Some students need extra practice using some of these basic analysis skills. Use this activity in enrichment sessions.
-Determine a central idea and analyze its development (RI.7.2)
-Determine the author’s point of view or purpose (RI.7.6)
-Analyze how authors writing about the same topic shape their presentations (RI.7.9)
What you get:
1. A Task Page including MLA citations and Key Ideas & Details
2. A Craft & Structure Page focused on word choice and author’s tone
3. An Integration of Knowledge & Ideas Page with a short writing assignment (Version 1)
4. An Integration of Knowledge & Ideas Page with no writing assignment(Version 2)
5. A longer writing assignment for use with Version 2 of K&I + Self-Evaluation Rubric
6. Self-Evaluation Rubrics for Version 1
7. Teacher Evaluation Rubrics for Versions 1 and 2
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