Use these ready-made templates to help students track the specific characteristics of nonfiction text and informational articles. Maintaining a list of ideas will help students write their own arguments, identify and use academic terms, write effective claims with significant evidence, etc.
In addition, these articles will provide ideas for future papers based on specific and familiar topics students have read. So, whether you use the entire chart or aspects of it, continuing along these lines will help all readers/writers improve their reading comprehension and writer’s craft.
Students can work in groups or in pairs in order to complete the chart.
Product includes 2 landscaped blank charts and answer keys [25 pages] for 11 different articles.
• Title of Article & Author’s Purpose
• Type of Article
• Lead Used
• Unsupported Claim
• Author’s Tone
• Academic Terms
• Organization of Article
• Central Idea
• Supporting Details
• Author’s Viewpoint
Links are provided to articles or upon request articles will be emailed.
Perfect for grades 4-8. The readability is such to stretch younger students, but also to provide reading confidence for older struggling or on grade readers. Use as homework, assessment, and for instructional group, pair, or individual work.
One way to use this product is to project and utilize the first article and as a class mark specific ideas found directly in article while students fill in the chart. Once this is understood, have groups or pairs complete select articles etc. then report their findings to the class.
One last bonus is any one of these articles can be used as a springboard to write an: explanatory, persuasive, argumentative, or narrative piece. Each article has specific data, factual information, etc. all of which will help students write effectively.
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