NEWSELA is a great, free online resource because it allows a student to choose his/her own lexile level to read level appropriate articles. This activity has seven templates (Newsela worksheets or Newsela graphic organizers) to choose from and is aligned with Common Core Literacy and Writing standards for ELA, history and science (NGSS).
Each printable template has 2 options, with or without stem sentences for varying levels in your classroom! It can be used for current event articles,science articles and social science topic articles. Students can access NEWSELA at home, so this makes for an easy reading assignment with age appropriate, reading level appropriate current articles.
Each template includes:
* An "identify the main idea" sentence section/question
* A supporting sentence section. Students cite 2-3 sentences that are evidence supporting the main idea.
* An Article summary section
* A Conclusion section
* Also, at the end of the article analysis template there is a bonus fun tech connection that asks students to create a hash tag (#) summary. It puts a modern, creative twist on a simple summary analysis. Not sure what a hash tag is? Don't worry, there is an explanation, and chances are your students already know. My students love this and it's an easy sharable topic in class!
If you like this and are interested in other assignments that have a tech flair without having to have the tech, check out Tech A Saavy Activities without the tech.
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