Students will be able to be held accountable for their reading center assignments with a clear agenda with paired text from Newsela with option to change. 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 following the link, https://newsela.com/text-sets/317442 or search articles titled: Supreme Court: Ruth Bader Ginsburg and "Queen Bessie" Broke Color Barriers as First African American Female to Fly.
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 each article. For example, R.B. Ginsburg graduated from law school; 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 infer feelings of R.B.Ginsburg and "Queen Bessie" as they read the article, with the accompanying event. For example, under R.B.Ginsburg graduated law school/ she was elated and proud of herself