At the beginning of the 2017-18 school year, I realized that the seniors in front of me had been doing Article of the Week (AoW) for two consecutive years. In an innovative effort, I created Leader of the Week (LoW) to give them another way to look at current events.
LoW’s focus on actions, events, speeches, and movements of “leaders” and invites students to analyze, discuss, and reflect on whether or not leadership was shown.
The Leader of the Week unit is based on The Article of the Week unit that was developed by Kelly Gallagher. Gallagher’s purpose for assigning these non-fiction texts is to provide his students with information to enhance their prior knowledge and background in order for them to be stronger readers, writers, and thinkers.
I, too, recognize that my students need more context with certain topics, books, issues, and articles, beyond the study of AoWs, so I have assigned Leader of the Week assignments (LoWs) since 2017.
The 2018-19 school year brought me to a new district where students were occasionally studying AoWs in their freshmen and sophomore English classes. The Leader of the Week article will continue as it builds on their prior knowledge of what is going on in today’s world.
Below is a list of LoWs for the 2019-2020 school year with the most recent being on top. Articles that are not linked were used as assessments; therefore, formatting will not be shared.
- “Ms. Monopoly is supposed to empower women. Critics say it does the opposite” by Annie Nova for CNBC
- “Tony Dungy on Antonio Brown: ‘He’ll be the big loser in the end'” by Dana Husinger Benbow for the Indianapolis Star
- “Meghan McCain: ‘I’m not living without guns'” by Rachel Frazin from The Hill
- “White Sox’s Michael Kopech: Offensive tweets ‘not who I am now'” from ESPN
Note: Articles are subject to the copyright protections specified by the original source.