Article of the Week is a yearlong unit that I have developed and adapted from Kelly Gallagher‘s unit of the same name. Gallagher’s purpose for assigning these non-fiction texts is to provide his students with information to enhance their prior and background knowledge 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, so I have assigned Articles of the Week (AoWs) since 2015.
I often turn to two mentors when creating AoWs for my students – Kelly Gallagher and Dave Stuart Jr. My version of the weekly assignments have adaptations for skills assessed both in this unit and beyond.
One of the skills that is focused on with Article of the Week assignments is close reading. The purpose of close reading is “to focus on comprehension, making meaning through careful and thoughtful examination of the text” (Lent, 2016, p. 54).
Another skill covered with the assignments is that of reflective writing. I’m looking for students to reflect on their thoughts, beliefs, opinions, experiences, etc. that tie in and relate to the topics being covered in the Article of the Week. Gallagher also has his students reflect. I have students reflect in their Writer’s Notebook, which was an idea I picked out of my reading of Mechanically Inclined by Jeff Anderson.
Below is a list of AoWs for the 2018-2019 school year with the most recent being on top:
- “Teenagers Who Vandalized Black Schoolhouse Are Ordered to Read Books” by Christine Hauser for the New York Times
- “Why You Should Study Shakespeare” by Lori Gray for UC Berkeley Extension: Voices Blog
- “When Kids Realize Their Whole Life Is Already Online” by Taylor Lorenz for the Atlantic
- “‘Epic fail’ won’t change Nike, but it could change college sports” by Marlene Towns for the Hill
- “The Rise of Dystopian Fiction: From Soviet Dissidents to ’70s Paranoia to Murakami” by Yvonne Shiau for Electric Lit on Medium
- “Airbus Beluga XL spreads its wings at long last” by Maureen O’Hare for CNN
- Student choice of topic about the school shooting at Majory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, 2018.
- “Iconic Sweethearts won’t be available this Valentine’s Day” by Brandon Champion for mLive
- Super Bowl LIII
- “Microsoft’s Super Bowl ad is all about the Xbox Adaptive controller” by Tom Warren for The Verge
- Student choice of topic
- “Whitmer: Flint needs bottled water until pipes replaced” by Jonathan Oosting for the Detroit News.
- “Burger King mocks Trump over misspelled tweet: ‘We’re all out of “hamberders”‘” by Aris Folley for The Hill
- TIME Person of the Year
- “Who Will Be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2018? See the Shortlist” by Suyin Haynes for TIME
- “‘Time’ Person Of The Year For 2018: Journalists Fighting ‘War on Truth'” by Bill Chappell for NPR
- “All The Top Streaming Artists On Spotify In 2018 Are Men” by Courtney E. Smith for Refinery29
- Holiday Classics Sparking Controversies
- “‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,’ Charlie Brown and other holiday classics sparking controversy” by Madeline Farber for Fox News
- “Some people are upset about ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer'” by Michael Brice-Saddler for The Washington Post
- “7 Ways to Balance Reading Multiple Books at Once” by Team Epic Reads for Epic Reads
- General Motors to Close Plants and Cut Jobs
- “G.M. to Idle Plants and Cut Thousands of Jobs as Sales Slow” by Neal E. Boudette and Ian Austen for The New York Times
- “GM to kill Chevrolet Volt, Cruze, Impala as Americans ditch passenger cars” by Nathan Bomey for USA Today
- Caravan News Coverage
- “Newt Gingrich: Stop the caravan and build the wall to keep deadly drugs out and save lives” by Newt Gingrich for Fox News
- “Bandaged feet, bleeding hands, violent coughs: The caravan takes its toll” by Michael E. Miller for The Washington Post
- “It’s ‘time change’ time. Did you remember to fall back?” by Doug Criss and Susannah Cullinane for CNN
- Halloween trick or treating age limits
- “Should there be an age-limit for Halloween trick-or-treating?” by Tanda Gmiter for mLive
- “These States Have Put Legal Age Limits on Trick or Treaters” by Chris Morris for Fortune
- “Researchers create new font designed to boost your memory” by Taylor Telford for The Washington Post
- UN Climate Change Panel
- “UN Panel Warns Drastic Action Needed to Stave Off Climate Change” by Timothy Puko for The Wall Street Journal
- “UN climate change panel says ‘unprecedented’ action needed to prevent temperature rise” by Tom DiChristopher for CNBC
- “Michigan high schools debate adding video games as new varsity sport” by Hugh Bernreuter for mLive
- Banned Books Week
- “Banning Books Silences Stories” by Millie Davis for NCTE
- “Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2017” by ALA
- “Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2012” by ALA
- “Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2007” by ALA
- Colin Kaepernick is Nike’s spokesman for 30th anniversary advertisement
- Why the social media boycott over Colin Kaepernick is a win for Nike by Alex Abad-Santos for Vox
- Nike reignited the Kaepernick controversy in naming him the face of “Just Do It” by Jane Coaston for Vox + Nike’s Colin Kaepernick gamble is already paying off by David Goldman for CNN
- “U.S. is denying passports to Americans along the border, throwing their citizenship into question” by Kevin Sieff for The Washington Post
- Detroit schools shutting off drinking water because of lead, copper by Lori Higgins for Detroit Free Press
- White Sox’s Michael Kopech: Offensive tweets ‘not who I am now’ by ESPN
Note: Articles are subject to the copyright protections specified by the original source.
Lent, R.C. (2016). This is disciplinary literacy: Reading, writing, talking, and doing … content area by content area. Thousand Oaks: Corwin.