Article of the Week
What it is:
Articles of the Week were developed using strategies originally created by Kelly Gallagher and have been modified by Vale Middle School to best meet the needs of all students. Articles of the week will be utilized in reading class and are a great way for students to read and interact with informational text that is not only interesting, but current.
When reading the Article of the Week, students are asked to use close reading strategies practiced in class. This requires students to read each article three times, making meaningful annotations with each read. Students will then answer the scaffolded questions at the end of each article, which are aligned to the Common Core State Standards.
Articles of the Week will be assigned every Monday (or first day of the school week). The assignment (annotations and scaffolded questions) will be due every Friday.
Interactive Reading Journal
Students will create an interactive Reading Journal which encourages students to engage with the text. Activities include, but are not limited to: make personal connections; ask themselves questions; clarify their ideas; and visualize objects, persons, and places-all thinking processes performed by proficient readers.
Throughout the year, students will read several novels that explore many types of literature. These include: Fiction, Science Fiction, Biography, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Drama, Quotations, and Children’s Literature. In addition, students will explore Newberry Award Winners, read Short Stories, and look at some “classic” literature. Assessment is based on reading questions, summaries, assignments, projects, presentations and/or discussions.
Below is a list of some of the possible novels and pieces we may read:
- Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
- The Giver by Lois Lowry
- Ransom of Red Chief by O. Henry
- The Monkeys Paw by W.W. Jacobs
- The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe
- Crash by Jerry Spinelli
- The Outsiders
- Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry
- Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
- Last Leaf by O. Henry
- Gift of the Magi by O. Henry
- Tangerine by Edward Bloor
- Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
What it is:
- Students choose texts at their independent reading level
- Students receive mini-lessons on a specific literary elements or reading strategies
- Students are given independent reading time in which they will look for and analyze the literary elements taught during the mini-lessons
- Students will complete an exercise or quick-write that requires them to reflect on the topic of the mini-lesson in relation to the novel they are reading