Current Event Article
Objective: Discuss and
analyze current events
Summarize a current event news article
Writing material (paper, pencil)
through the newspaper for an article. In the classroom, you have access
to Time for Kids, Bear Essential for Kids, Scholastic
News, and Stars and Stripes.
(NOTE: Sports-related articles
only if about a major sports event. For example, the article cannot be
about yesterday’s game.)
Before you begin to read the news article, think:
What do the photos and captions (if any) tell you about this article?
Infer what you think this article will be about.
As you read the news article:
Read a paragraph or two. Then stop and think about what you read.
connections are you making? What’s this reminding you of?
What are you visualizing? What questions are in your mind as you read?
Highlight or circle new words. Figure out what they mean.
After you read the news article:
What are the big ideas you read about?
do you think was interesting in the article?
Create a web of the article. The web should include the big idea
and details that support this idea.
Write a summary of the article based on the web. The summary
Title of the article (place quotes around the title)
Newspaper source (underline newspaper’s name)
Date of article
Identify if this article is a world, national, or local event.
Summary of the news article using your own words. Include the 5 Ws (Who
was involved?; What happened?; Where did the
event take place?; When did the event take place/publication
date?; Why did you pick the article?)
Reason why the article was selected. The reason cannot be “because it
was interesting” but rather why it was interesting.
You will be
assessed on the following:
Quality of the web
Citations - news article, source, date
Identification of article -- world, national, or local event
Summary using own words
Reason for why the article was selected
Writing using Writing 6 Traits (Ideas, Organization, Voice, Word choice,
Sentence fluency, Conventions, and Neatness)
include the article with your papers.