Students should keep up on current events and critically analyze complex, expository text; so a few years ago I developed a current event analysis form that guides students to look for elements of Depth and Complexity (GATE Icons, developed by Dr. Kaplan). Feel free to modify the file below.
I now have students use NEWSELA (Which is undoubtably one of the best resources for students on the internet) and have them select a news article. Students then select the GATE Icons that would be best for that article.
Some teaching tips: Watch the video (touch cast) to learn more about how I have students structure their notes (I say "now" a lot, its quite annoying).
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