Nonfiction Article of the Week Clubs for Grades 5, 6, 7, and 8 are your solution for teaching all of the Reading Informational Text standards for your grade level!
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Every Unit Includes These SAME *10* Elements:
These units are all structured similarly. You’ll find these same elements in each article/unit specific to your grade level.
1. High-Quality Audio Recordings
Every article – even the modified articles – will include a .mp3 audio file for you to play for or share with your students. Use them with your whole class, small groups, or load them onto iPods. Use as a standard component, with your ELL/ESL students, or as a testing accommodation. Take a listen inside one of the free downloads above.
2. Modified Article
I’ve included a modified version of each text that includes a dyslexia-friendly font. Note that articles are only slightly modified (so these were reduced from a 6th-ish grade level to a 4th-5th-ish grade level) because all activities and assessments can be completed with either article. Take a closer look below.
3. Digital Components
All activities are offered in a Google Slides version to be completed digitally.
All assessments are included as self-grading Google Forms!
*How-To Guide is included for Google Forms.
4. Basic Comprehension Check
Activities 1-2 are always basic comprehension checks. You can choose between the multiple-choice quiz format (Activity 1) and the open answer format (Activity 2). I always like to use one of these to make sure my students actually READ – and COMPREHEND – the article. Easy A for them!
5. Text Evidence Activities
Activities 3-4 are always text-evidence activities. Yes, that’s right. Text evidence is SO IMPORTANT that I have included it in every single unit. You can choose to have your students annotate right in the article OR use the multiple choice option. You should definitely mix and match so that your students can complete both types proficiently.
6. Skill Focus Activity – Teach EVERY CCSS Skill for YOUR Grade!
Activity 5 is ALWAYS specific to the skill/standard addressed in each article. The first 12 or so articles will each focus on ONE skill (for example, RI.6.2 main ideas and details) and include graphic organizers wherever appropriate to help students visualize the skill. Article 13 will include a midterm assessment. Then, there will be some spiral review articles before the test prep articles and final assessment.
7. Integrate Sources/Multimedia
Activity 6 will always extend the topic to an outside video clip, article, opinion essay, or similar. For example, unit 6.1 includes a link to this 5-minute CNBC clip about the same topic. Students will make a list of some details included in the video but not the article and identify other details that were found in both the video clip and article. Then, they’ll have to do some critical thinking about what the Toys R Us closure may mean to other big box retail stores. And you know me, so you know that complete answer keys are always included for every single item.
8. CCSS-Style Assessment & Modified Assessment
What’s the best way to make sure your students are prepared for the state assessment? Assess them regularly with that format. I always let my students practice for the first few before I start counting them for a grade, and I always use the basic comprehension assessment (activity 1 or 2) as an easy grade so it levels the playing field. The modified assessments offer students only two answer choices instead of four.
9. For Fun!
That’s right! Whenever possible, I’ll add a BONUS activity to use as a fun way to introduce the topic, wrap up the unit, or just give your students a much-needed brain break in the middle of activities. They’re always related, rigorous, and FUN! In this unit, students will view and compare two Toys R Us commercials – one vintage commercial and one recent commercial.
10. Completely Editable
I always strive to provide you with multiple options to make my units ready to teach without any extra work for you! However, I do realize that there are some times when the ability to edit an activity or test question is necessary. So, all activities and assessments in these units are editable so that you can customize them when necessary. I have included my editable versions in PPT as a convenience for you, the teacher, but I cannot guarantee your ability to be able to edit them. This is completely dependent on your computer, operating system, settings, and/or tech skills.
A Couple of Options for Teaching Article of the Week Units
Here are my favorite suggestions for organizing these units with your schedule.
*Please note that thumbnails show article 6.1 and activities.
Option A: Quickie Unit
Simply complete all lesson activities in order OR pick and choose the activities you want to complete in order.
Time Needed: 2-3 fifty-minute class periods
Pros: Super flexible; perfect filler around your other units; makes it easy to assign easier components for homework; ideal no prep sub plans if you have to be out for 2-3 days in a row.
Cons: Fitting them all in around everything else you’ve got to do.
Option B. Daily Model
Use as a class starter or specific routine in your classroom everyday at the same time.
Time Needed: 15-20 minutes/day, 5 days/week
Pros: IDEAL for block scheduling when you need to always change it up; Great way to fit nonfiction articles in with what you’re already doing.
Cons: There are 25 total articles for each grade level, so some weeks you’ll need to skip the articles (I’d skip when doing projects, novels, during short weeks, and plan to finish up right before testing); The schedule doesn’t provide for the BONUS activity I include with some articles; May be difficult to commit to something rigid like this if you’re a type B teacher like myself 😉
Here’s how the daily model works:
Monday: Read article & complete basic comprehension activity
Tuesday: Text evidence activity
Wednesday: Skills focus activity (based on one key skill for each article)
Thursday: Integrate information (other sources)
BONUS/OPTIONAL: For Fun activity
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