With Smarter Balance and "Performance tasks" about to become a large part of my life as a teacher, I have begun to implement similar articles or information to my students each day. They will read or watch a total of 2-3 sources per week, answer questions daily regarding the information and also take notes each day for future use.
After these exercises have been completed, my students will then create a writing web using the articles and their notes. Finally they will use all the information they have collected throughout the week to write a short essay.
3 articles with questions
1 writing web activity
1 essay question