Current Issues and Critical Thinking: Informational Text Activities. Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility.

This website contains a large compilation of lesson plans regarding the most current events.  These lesson plans incorporate writing, critical thinking, problem solving, and analysis of text. This is an excellent resource for teaching informational text. Each lesson contains links or PDFs of the informational text, including graphs, diagrams, newspaper and magazine articles, advertisements (for instructional purposes), and videos.  Lessons include questions, activities, and teacher instructions for implementation of lesson.  All lessons can easily be modified to meet your thematic unit, student, or teaching needs.  Some lessons address controversial topics, such as gay marriage, the war in Afghanistan, and Palestine/Israel policies, simply because these topics deal with current events. Therefore, teacher discretion is recommended.

Standards & Objectives

Academic standards
CLE 3001.6.1
Comprehend and summarize the main ideas of informational and technical texts and determine the essential elements that elaborate them.
CLE 3001.6.3
Read, interpret, and analyze graphics that support informational and technical texts.
CLE 3002.6.1
Comprehend and summarize the main ideas of informational and technical texts and determine the essential elements that elaborate them.
CLE 3002.6.3
Read, interpret, and analyze graphics that support informational and technical texts.
CLE 3003.6.1
Comprehend and summarize the main ideas of complex informational texts and determine the essential elements that elaborate them.
CLE 3003.6.3
Read, interpret, and analyze graphics that support complex informational and technical texts.
CLE 3005.6.1
Comprehend and summarize the main ideas of complex informational texts and determine the essential elements that elaborate them.
CLE 3005.6.3
Read, interpret, and analyze graphics that support complex informational and technical texts.
 
Alignment of this item to academic standards is based on recommendations from content creators, resource curators, and visitors to this website. It is the responsibility of each educator to verify that the materials are appropriate for your content area, aligned to current academic standards, and will be beneficial to your specific students.
 

Lesson Variations

Blooms taxonomy level: 
Remembering

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