This is a program called Reading to Learn based on John Munro’s Highly Reliable Literacy Teaching Practices. There are 11 lessons in total available in this series with each lesson focusing on a different news article relevant to various year levels and ideas.
The program involves a series of lessons beginning with predicting and defining vocabulary based on a difficult text. Once the students have completed the prediction and definitions, they are able to find synonyms and use some of the words in sentences of their own to show their understanding.
The second steps in the lesson series are to make predictions about what will occur in the text then read through the text.
The third step is to answer a series of comprehension questions and then complete a critical thinking challenge.
I have used these lessons with high grade 3/4 students grade 5/6 students. It is also useful for grade 7/8 english lessons as well.
For the full series of lessons access my TpT site and search for Reading to Learn.