I just found out about it from Lauren over at Life in Middle School. I checked out the site and it plays FREE daily 10 min news broadcasts specifically designed for middle school students. So, instead of a short article every day, I could switch it up every other day with a live newscast on our SmartBoard. Now I'm just dreaming at the moment, and I haven't tried it out yet. But, I'll get back with you on my thoughts in a few weeks. For now, it definitely seems promising, and just what I've been looking for! Maybe you'll check it out with me and we can compare notes.
Also, if you're looking for a way for your students to organize their note taking, thinking, evidence, and persuasive/opinion writing about informational text - check out my authentic literacy instructional template! It's a lifesaver for scaffolding these tough skills with students. It discusses why current events authentic literacy instruction in the classroom is essential and will raise test scores. It includes:
- Step by step instructional planning template for teachers to follow
- Student vocabulary graphic organizer - based on Robert Marzano's vocabulary instruction strategies
- Student planning guide for citing key ideas, discussion topics, and formulating opinions of each article
- Writing template for students to craft a written response arguing their opinions of the key ideas from the article
- Focus Correction Area Rubric, for teachers to use for grading and setting individual writing goals for each student