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ARTICLE OF THE WEEK--

 

Part of the reason my students have such a hard time reading is because they bring little prior knowledge and background to the written page. They can decode the words, but the words remain meaningless without a foundation of knowledge.

To help build my students’ prior knowledge, I assign them an "Article of the Week" every Monday morning. By the end of the school year I want them to have read 35 to 40 articles about what is going on in the world. It is not enough to simply teach my students to recognize theme in a given novel; if my students are to become literate, they must broaden their reading experiences into real-world text.

Below you will find the articles I assigned* this year to my students. Please note, all articles are subject to the copyright protections stipulated by the original source.

"The Morning-after Pill" The Week (NOTE: This is the final AoW for the 2012-2013 school year.)
"The Ecosystem Inside You" The Week
"The Search for a Better Battery" The Week
"On the Frontline of the Fight Against Cybercrime" by Henry McDonald for Guardian.co.uk
"Monsanto Doesn't Want You to Know What You're Eating" by Zack Kaldveer and Ronnie Cummins for AlterNet.org
"Why Should I Care that No One's Reading Dzhokhar Tsarnaev His Miranda Rights?" by Emily Bazelon for Slate Magazine
"Inside the World of Kim Jong Un: North Korea's Strange Hermit King" The Week
"The Military's Sexual Assault Epidemic" The Week
"Sultana High School 'Gender-Specific' Prom Attire Rule Provokes Legal Backlash" by Christine Salek for Policymic.com
"Can the Postal Service Be Saved?" The Week
"Secrets of the Most Successful College Students" by Annie Murphy Paul for Time.com
"Scientists Report First Cure of HIV in a Child, Say It's a Game-Changer" by Richard Knox for NPR.org
"Sleep Deprivation Has Genetic Consequences, Study Finds" by Eryn Brown for the Los Angeles Times
"Obama's New Vision: Doable?" and "Missed Opportunity" editorials from theLos Angeles Times and The Miami Herald, respectively
"Kabul Vendors of Stolen U.S. Goods Fret About Future" by Richard Leiby for the Washington Post
"President Obama's Immigration Proposal" by Ezra Klein for the Washington Post
"Scientists Infuse 'Life' into Inanimate Compounds" by Joseph Serna for theLos Angeles Times
"Pentagon Removes Ban on Women in Combat" by Ernesto Londoño for The Washington Post
"The Baseball Hall of Fame's Shocking Message: In the End, Cheaters Lose"by Hampton Stevens for The Atlantic
"Legalizing of Marijuana Raises Health Concerns" by Roni Caryn Rabin for theNew York Times
"Ending India's Rape Culture" by Naomi Wolf for Al Jazeera
"No More Curtain Calls for Elephants" Los Angeles Times
"Can a Jellyfish Unlock the Secret of Immortality?" by Martin Cohen for the New York Times
"In My Opinion: Don't Lower the Bar on Education Standards" by Leonard Pitts, Jr. for the Miami Herald
"North Africa: The Next Afghanistan?" The Week
"Will Fact Checks Always Be Ignored by Politicians?" by Dana Farrington for npr.org
"Sports Drinks Role Often Overplayed" by Chris Woolston for the Los Angeles Times
"Prop 37 Is in a Dead Heat Amid Ad Blitz" by Mark Lifsher for the Los Angeles Times
"Just How Many Facebook Friends Do You Need?" by Robin Marantz Henig and Samantha Henig for Newsweek
"Campaigns Mine Personal Lives to Get Out Vote" by Charles Duhigg for theNew York Times
"Helping a Child to Come Out" by John Schwartz for the New York Times
"Three Cases to Watch in the Supreme Court's New Term" The Week, with additional information from Wikipedia.com
"High School Dropouts Costly to American Economy" CBS Reports: Where America Stands
"Five Crucial Factors to Watch, Just 58 Days from the Election" by Jeff Zeleny and Jim Rutenberg, New York Times
"Five Myths About Political Conventions" by Martin Cohen, Washington Post
"Turn Off the Phone (and the Tension)" by Jenna Wortham, New York Times
"Can Obama Hold On to the Latino Vote?" The Week



Looking for previous year's Article of the Week assignments? Check out the
Article of the Week Archive.

*While I assigned these, many of the lessons were prepared by my colleagues in the Magnolia High School English Department, including Helen Goldsmith, Amie Howell, Melissa Hunnicutt, Virginia Kim, Katrina Mundy, Esther Noh, Kalli Pappas, Sherri Rothwell, Lindsay Ruben, Margaret Tagler, Robin Turner, Michelle Waxman, and Dana White.

 

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This is the core ACTION GUIDE FOR INSTRUCTION for grades 6-12 from achievethecore.com.


Thereare a bunch of newly developed and free resources on www.achievethecore.org . We have Core Action Guides for daily planning or planning over the course of a year that are attempts to provide categories for teachers to gather evidence and reflect on their own practice vis a vis CCSS. They exist for ELA and math and content area literacy in all the grade bands (K-2, 3-5, 6-12, and 6-12 science/technology, 6-12 social studies/history. As well, we have released a bunch of mini-assessments in ELA and math and have released (with Achieve and CCSSO) a Materials Evaluation Toolkit for assessing single lessons, whole curricula or units and assessment materials.

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The Life of a Library Book : books

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I work at a public library and was recently telling a friend about the cycles that the books go through and she was fascinated so I decided to share. ...

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GoogleLitTrips Reading List's curator insight, August 12, 2013 10:54 AM

An interesting "personalized" story of the life of a Library Book.

 

Kind of touching to say the least.

 

I wonder whether the style of this article might make for an interesting writing exercise in reflective introspection. Perhaps, students could "become" the tellers of the stories of the life of...

 

a blankie

a tricycle

a favorite childhood book (though who can top The Velveteen Rabbit?)

a video game

a hamster

a divorced father or mother

a parent who abandoned his or her children

an adopted child

a parent's high school yearbook

a prom dress or wedding gown

a/an _________________

 

 ~ http://www.GoogleLitTrips.com ~

 

 "Google Lit Trips" is the fictitious business name for GLT Global ED an educational nonprofit.

 

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TEDxDU Ramona Pierson #1 -- Learning to learn

Ramona Pierson -- Learning to learn. In her first of two Talks at TEDxDU, Ramona tells of her remarkable recovery from an accident that put her in an 18-mont...


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CCSD Wiki-Teacher - A fantastic ELA resource

A great ELA resource for CCSS http://t.co/66ytrVvbRX
#CommonCore

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Finding Oneself Through Literature « The Dish

Finding Oneself Through Literature « The Dish | AdLit | Scoop.it

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GoogleLitTrips Reading List's curator insight, August 11, 2013 11:41 AM

So, yeah, I like the video, but ironically, it's a video that relies upon a rather idealistic and romantic view of literary reading education. This is not to say that it doesn't provide much to consider in terms of teaching with passion and from the heart.

 

But, it's the text commentary below that video that I'm more interested in noting here. There is something about our attempt to justify literary reading by indicating it's pragmatic social value; in this case the argument, with which I have no complaints, that literary reading teaches critical thinking and by extension is good for society, that isn't enough or should I say clear enough.

 

Truthfully, literary reading is in many senses a very personal journey and when well-done with the guidance of an expert literary reading educator, an even more enriching personal journey into one's unique places in both the personal and social fabric of understanding. 

 

Exploring one's personal place in the complexities of life through exploring the individual journeys of those fictitious characters in literature who represent the universal diversity of humankind connects the journeys of the many by personalizing them into personal connections for each individual reader.

 

Perhaps that critical thinking benefit of literary reading works because as individual readers contemplate their own motives and associated behaviors within stories expressing the wide diversity of human motives and their associated behaviors that both include and go beyond those of individual reader,s those readers might well come to understand reasons to revisit and revise their individual care lists.

 

And, perhaps it is THAT sort of personalization of critical thinking (aka introspection) that provides the potential for great benefit to all.

 

 ~ http://www.GoogleLitTrips.com ~

 

 "Google Lit Trips" is the fictitious business name for GLT Global ED an educational nonprofit.

 

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Inference: The Process

Inference is a mental process by which we
reach a conclusion
based on specific evidence.

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Getting Ready to Write: Citing Textual Evidence

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Teaching students to use textual evidence is a key component of the Common Core. Learn how to teach students to cite textual evidence, engage in collaborative discussions and draw evidence from literary text in preparation for writing.


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David Kevin Myers's curator insight, March 10, 2013 12:48 PM

This link will take you to a 6 minute video that discusses the Common Core focus of citing textual evidence.  It shows excerpts of an actual lesson and offers teacher insight into its use.

David Kevin Myers's curator insight, March 10, 2013 12:48 PM

This link will take you to a 6 minute video that discusses the Common Core focus of citing textual evidence.  It shows excerpts of an actual lesson and offers teacher insight into its use.

David Kevin Myers's curator insight, March 10, 2013 12:48 PM

This link will take you to a 6 minute video that discusses the Common Core focus of citing textual evidence.  It shows excerpts of an actual lesson and offers teacher insight into its use.

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Finding Solutions to Food Waste: Persuasion in a Digital World - ReadWriteThink

Using various reading strategies and resources, students explore the issue of food waste. They also create persuasive arguments and blog posts examining this topic.

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Mary Clark's curator insight, May 15, 2013 11:37 PM

Applied math! If I'd been taught this way, I would have realized much earlier that I wasn't a math dunce.  It's cross-curricular lessons like this that make me excited about the Common Core.

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Newsela | Nonfiction Literacy and Current Events

Newsela | Nonfiction Literacy and Current Events | AdLit | Scoop.it
Unlimited access to hundreds of leveled news articles and Common Core–aligned quizzes, with new articles every day.

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Mary Clark's curator insight, August 1, 2013 2:25 PM

Excellent resource for articles for your classroom!  Students can adjust their reading level by lexile, which allows you to assign one article, differentiate instruction, and not stigmatize a student with a lower reading level! You can create a class binder, give students an access code, and track the quizzes they take.  Or assign a certain number of articles and let students choose their own articles on topics that interest them.  I think this is the best resource for informational text I've seen in 2013!

Amy Stoeckly's curator insight, October 21, 2013 3:22 PM

AMAZING website-You have to check this one out!  Something for everyone here: Science, current events on all kinds of topics, social studies, culture and more!  What's more to love: you can adjust the lexile (reading level) , some come with worksheets or assessments, and you can save these in your teacher binder. With this FREE account you can email these articles out to students to read as homework and have them come to class ready to discuss.

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Teaching Students to Analyze Complex Nonverbal Texts

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Standard 9 of the Common Core State Standards underscores the importance of students reading and writing about complex literary and informational texts, skills critical for "college and career readin

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What is a fallacy?  TUTORIAL

 

Fallacies are mistakes of reasoning, as opposed to making mistakes that are of a factual nature. If I counted twenty people in the room when there were in fact twenty-one, then I made a factual mistake. On the other hand, if I believe that there are round squares, I am believing something that is inconsistent. This is a mistake of reasoning, and a fallacy, since I should not have believed something inconsistent if my reasoning is good.

In some discussion, a fallacy is taken to be an undesirable kind of argument or inference. For example, a certain textbook explains "fallacy" as "an unreliable inference". In our view, this definition of fallacy is rather narrow, since we might want to count certain mistakes of reasoning as fallacious even though they are not presented as arguments. For example, making a contradictory claim seems to be a case of fallacy, but a single claim is not an argument. Similarly, putting forward a question with an inappropriate presupposition might also be regarded as a fallacy, but a question is also not an argument. In both of these situations though, the person is making a mistake of reasoning since he is doing something that goes against one or more principles of correct reasoning. This is why we would like to define fallacies more broadly as violations of the principles of critical thinking, whether or not the mistakes take the form of an argument.

The study of fallacies is an application of the principles of critical thinking. Being familiar with typical fallacies can help us avoid them. We would also be in a position to explain other people's mistakes. There are different ways of classifying fallacies. Broadly speaking, we might divide fallacies into four kinds.


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Kevin Henkes Live! Join us for an exclusive webcast with beloved children’s book author Kevin Henkes

Kevin Henkes Live! Join us for an exclusive webcast with beloved children’s book author Kevin Henkes | AdLit | Scoop.it
Kevin Henkes is the creator of nearly 50 books for children. He has written both picture books and novels; his picture books include Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse; Chrysanthemum; and Kitten’s First Full Moon, a winner of the Caldecott Medal.

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CCSS INSTRUCTIONAL PRACTICE GUIDE

This guide provides concrete examples of what the Core Actions for implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts and Literacy in grades 3-5 look like in daily planning and practice. It is designed as a developmental tool for teachers and those who support teachers and can be used to observe a lesson and provide feedback or to guide lesson planning and reflection. For all uses, refer to the CCSS for English Language Arts and Literacy (corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy).

Focus on the Shifts required by the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy.

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This is the core ACTION GUIDE FOR INSTRUCTION for grades 3-5 from achievethecore.com.


Thereare a bunch of newly developed and free resources on www.achievethecore.org .


They have Core Action Guides for daily planning or planning over the course of a year that are attempts to provide categories for teachers to gather evidence and reflect on their own practice vis a vis CCSS. These are available for ELA and math and content area literacy in all the grade bands (K-2, 3-5, 6-12, and 6-12 science/technology, 6-12 social studies/history.


They alsoreleased a bunch of mini-assessments in ELA and math and have released (with Achieve and CCSSO) a Materials Evaluation Toolkit for assessing single lessons, whole curricula or units and assessment materials.

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Reading Recovery®: What Works Clearinghouse

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Reading Recovery® was found to have positive effects on general reading achievement and potentially positive effects on alphabetics, reading fluency, and comprehension for beginning readers.
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5 Educational Websites Older Students Should Be Using

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If you're an older student, don't miss out on some of these powerful educational websites that will help you advance your learning. The post 5 Educational Websites Older Students Should Be Using appeared first on Edudemic.


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The Best 17 iPad Digital Storytelling Apps for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The Best 17 iPad Digital Storytelling Apps for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | AdLit | Scoop.it
Apps for literacy“@Larryferlazzo: “@joycevalenza:Great list!17 iPad DigitalStorytelling Apps http://t.co/jYWAV7np3O via @medkh9 #edchat
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A Taxonomy of Reflection: A Model for Critical Thinking

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How to create a community of learners. Reflective prompts for students, teacher and principals. Modeled on Bloom's approach to thinking.

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Examining Transcendentalism through Popular Culture - ReadWriteThink

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After a brief introduction to the transcendentalist movement of the 1800s, students develop a working definition of transcendentalism by answering and discussing a series a questions about their own individualism and relationship to nature.

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Mary Clark's curator insight, March 5, 2013 2:04 PM

Lesson plan for transcendentalism that could be adapted to 8th grade honors classes.  

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Worth Its Weight: Letter Writing with "The Things They Carried" - ReadWriteThink

Worth Its Weight: Letter Writing with "The Things They Carried" - ReadWriteThink | AdLit | Scoop.it
This lesson uses a letter-writing activity based on Tim O’Brien’s story “The Things They Carried” to build empathy as students examine the weight they symbolically carry in their own lives.

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Common Core: Reading, Understanding & Analyzing Complex Texts

Common Core: Reading, Understanding & Analyzing Complex Texts | AdLit | Scoop.it
*ISTE Workshop: Transitioning to the Common Core with Google Apps - Join me! In my previous post "Common Core: What is a 'complex text' anyway?

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Mary Clark's curator insight, May 24, 2013 4:19 PM

The technology component is a critical part of the Common Core as well.  I'm glad to see how seamlessly it's integrated into these lessons.

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In Search of Shakespeare . Comparing Film Adaptations | PBS

In Search of Shakespeare . Comparing Film Adaptations | PBS | AdLit | Scoop.it

Addresses CCSS ELA RL 11-12.7--analyzing multiple interpretations of a story, drama, poem.

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In Our Schools: Common Core a 'monumental' shift

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