Article of the Week Resources

Article of the Week Resources for Middle School.

It can be a challenge to find engaging article of the week resources.

To see how I structure my program in a middle school classroom, check out this article

Below is a list of great free and paid resources to help teachers find interesting articles to support their article of the week program in their classroom. Bookmark this list as it contains a wide variety of both free and paid article of the week resources. 

  • Educational Tool Name: ReadWorks.org
  • Purpose/Function of Education Tool: Instructional materials to aid with reading comprehension with a library of nonfiction and literary articles.
  • Cost:  Free. 

 

  • Educational Tool Name: CommonLit
  • Purpose/Function of Education Tool: Variety of articles at different reading levels that can be used as the primary text or paired texts. 
  • Cost: Free. 

 

  • Educational Tool Name: Newsela
  • Purpose/Function of Education Tool: With a library of news sources, engaging reading comprehension and then assess with quizzes and prompts. 
  • Cost: Free and Paid options. 

 

  • Educational Tool Name: The Learning Network
  • Purpose/Function of Education Tool: A library of articles specifically for students to keep up with and be assessed on weekly news. Comes with lesson plans, writing prompts and questions to match articles. 
  • Cost: Free and Paid options. 

 

  • Educational Tool Name: Smithsonian Tween Tribune
  • Purpose/Function of Education Tool: Daily news articles available with quizzes and other assessment tools according to what applies to your grade level.
  • Cost: Free.

 

  • Educational Tool Name: HowStuffWorks
  • Purpose/Function of Education Tool: Unbiased, reliable articles/videos for a variety of topics for how things work in easy, understandable explanations. 
  • Cost: Free. 

 

  • Educational Tool Name: Wonder How To
  • Purpose/Function of Education Tool: Variety of articles/guides for how-to’s and hacks mostly consisting of technology and lifestyle subjects. 
  • Cost: Free. 

 

  • Educational Tool Name: This I Believe
  • Purpose/Function of Education Tool: Project that aims to engage people into writing with a huge collection of essays to choose from, all about life, beliefs, and morals. Reading programs, as well as personal essay writing assignments for the classroom. 
  • Cost: Free. 

 

  • Educational Tool Name: National Geographic Kids
  • Purpose/Function of Education Tool: Online magazine for kids, including videos, games, a library of animals and information surrounding them for increased learning of wildlife. 
  • Cost: Free and Paid options. 

 

  • Educational Tool Name: Time For Kids
  • Purpose/Function of Education Tool: Weekly magazine, with TIME content, but specifically for elementary school learning. Articles to get students engaged with journalism and heighten literacy. 
  • Cost: Paid.

 

  • Educational Tool Name: Actively Learn
  • Purpose/Function of Education Tool: Browse various available texts or media to use for better learning or lesson plans. 
  • Cost: Paid. 

Favourite Article of the Week Resources

My favourite two resources to use for the article of the week strategy with my classes are these two resources.

  1. Article of the Week Differentiated Lessons
  2. Article of the Week Non-Fiction Articles Celebrations and Holidays Bundle

Article of the Week Non-Fiction Articles Celebrations and Holidays Bundle

Article of the Week Non-Fiction Articles Holidays This resource contains 12 non-fiction articles and reading activities to assist with reading comprehension, standardized test prep (EQAO) and cross-curricular learning. This resource contains individual PDFs of student pages to assist with online learning i.e. Google Classroom as well as Google Slides formatted lessons for 1:1 schools. Ontario teachers use this resource to help prep your students for EQAO testing.

Resource Includes:

  • 12 high-interest non-fiction articles
  • 7 Reading Strategies graphic organizers
  • 5 Summarizing graphic organizers

Included For Every Article

  • Teacher lesson plan
  • Pre-reading K-W-L chart
  • Non-fiction article (with and without photos)
  • 3 Post-reading activities {comprehension questions, grammar questions (2 options: paper and self-grading Google Forms), long answer writing response}
  • Individual PDFs of student pages to assist with online learning i.e. Google Classroom Google Slides formatted lessons for 1:1 schools

Article of the Week Lesson Plans

Article of the Week Differentiated Lessons  This no-prep, print and go resource can be used in any content area or English Language Arts classroom to help students gain background knowledge, practice their reading, writing and analysis skills as well as keep classroom engagement high. This resource contains four different article of the week assignments that can be used to add variety to the traditional essay response. Each lesson is differentiated by difficulty level and assignment type (i.e. short answer, graphic organizer, essay response, peer-selected).

This 40 Page Resource Includes:

  • Year-Long Implementation Plan
  • 4 Differentiated Article of the Week Assignments {short answer, graphic organizer, essay response, peer selected}
  • 3 Types of Assessment Rubrics {Levels 1 – 4, Holistic and Points Based}
  • 7 Different Graphic Organizers
  • Individual PDFs of student pages for uploading to Google Classroom or other online learning management systems

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