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Article of the Month. Day 1. Today’s Agenda:. Introduction to Article of the Month Mini Lesson : How to do a close read Work Time : Begin close read of article Homework : Finish your close read of the article. What is “Article of the Month”?. A non-fiction current event article

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Today s agenda
Today’s Agenda:

  • Introduction to Article of the Month

  • Mini Lesson: How to do a close read

  • Work Time: Begin close read of article

  • Homework: Finish your close read of the article.

What is article of the month
What is “Article of the Month”?

  • A non-fiction current event article

  • Completed (approximately) once a month

  • You will be assessed on:

    • Your close reading skills (T2T)

    • Reading comprehension

    • Your ability to analyze the article in a written response.

  • Counts as a separate READING and WRITING grade.

How to do a close read
How to do a close read:

STEP #1: Make predictions using the title

  • Write the predictions @ the top of the paper.

    STEP #2: As you read, talk to the text in the margins:

  • Questions

  • Comments

  • Reactions

  • Thoughts

    STEP #3: Highlight points of confusion:

  • Words you don’t know

  • Confusing concepts/ideas

    Example of a close read


Finish your close read of the article.

Talk to the text

Highlight points of confusion

Today s agenda1
Today’s Agenda:

  • Classroom Grade: Comprehension Check

  • Small Group Work: Discussion of article

  • Mini Lesson: How to respond to a non-fiction article in writing.

  • Homework: Finish written response

Discussion questions
Discussion Questions:

  • Why do you think this article was published in “Parade,” a pull-out section of the Philadelphia Inquirer?

  • For whom is this article written? Who is meant to read this article? Why?

  • What specific connections were you able to make due to your experiences here at GVMS?

  • Which of these 7 ideas would be able to be implemented at GVMS? Which could not work at GVMS? Why?

  • Can you think of an 8th idea to improve school?

Written response
Written Response:

  • Format: One paragraph response

  • Focus: Write about THIS article; use author’s name and the title of the article.

  • Content: Answer the question

  • Style: Write in first person

Written response1
Written Response:

  • Organization of ideas:

    • Topic Sentence: Select 1 of 7 ideas from article

    • Reasons: Explain your position with a reason

    • Evidence: Support each reason with evidence from the article AND from personal experience

    • Concluding Sentence: Wrap up your thoughts about the prompt/article.


Complete written response.

Today s agenda2
Today’s Agenda:

  • Collect Article of the Month

  • Read your written response out loud in a one-foot voice.

    • Make changes that you feel will improve your piece.

  • Turn in:

    • Cover Sheet

    • Article

    • Written Response