Top Critical Reading Lessons of 2020-21: Food Themes

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Upper elementary and middle school students—now more than ever—need to develop strong critical reading skills and understand current events in this age of distance learning, fake news, and misinformation. But, educators find it challenging and time consuming to review newspaper articles then create a lesson plan with exercises that are interactive and challenging for students. … Read more

Top Critical Reading Lessons of 2020-21: Health / COVID-19 Themes

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Upper elementary and middle school students—now more than ever—need to develop strong critical reading skills and understand current events in this age of distance learning, fake news, and misinformation. But, educators find it challenging and time consuming to review newspaper articles then create a lesson plan with exercises that are interactive and challenging for students. … Read more

Top Critical Reading Lessons of 2020-21: Travel Themes

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Upper elementary and middle school students—now more than ever—need to develop strong critical reading skills and understand current events in this age of distance learning, fake news, and misinformation. But, educators find it challenging and time consuming to review newspaper articles then create a lesson plan with exercises that are interactive and challenging for students. … Read more

Top Critical Reading Lessons of 2020-21: Animal Themes

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Upper elementary and middle school students—now more than ever—need to develop strong critical reading skills and understand current events in this age of distance learning, fake news, and misinformation. But, educators find it challenging and time consuming to review newspaper articles then create a lesson plan with exercises that are interactive and challenging for students. … Read more

Top Critical Reading Lessons of 2020-21: People Themes

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Upper elementary and middle school students—now more than ever—need to develop strong critical reading skills and understand current events in this age of distance learning, fake news, and misinformation. But, educators find it challenging and time consuming to review newspaper articles then create a lesson plan with exercises that are interactive and challenging for students. … Read more

Chill out in Week 23 with articles about Chicago Rats in the Winter plus Five Tips to Love Your Heart

Week 23 preview

The objective for our Week 23 lessons is to teach critical reading and thinking skills using current news about “Why winter weather is no match for rats in America’s ‘rattiest city’” (Level 1 lesson) and “Five tips to love your heart” (Level 2 lesson).  Some of the exercises of this week’s Level 1 lesson … Read more

Week 22 has current articles for students about Good Oral Health plus Louisville’s Black History Tour

Week 22 Preview

The objective for our Week 22 lessons is to teach critical reading and thinking skills using current news about “Why good oral health is more than a beautiful smile” (Level 1 lesson) and “Louisville launches Black Heritage Tour Collection” (Level 2 lesson).  Some of the exercises of this week’s Level 1 lesson include: Vocabulary … Read more

Explore our Week 21 preview with articles about GoFundMe and Emergency vs. Urgent Care

Week 21 preview

The objective for our Week 21 lessons is to teach critical reading and thinking skills using current news about “International student surprised by GoFundMe support, raising $4,700 to graduate” (Level 1 lesson) and “Emergency vs. urgent care: what’s the difference?” (Level 2 lesson).  Some of the exercises of this week’s Level 1 lesson include: … Read more

Scoop Up our Week 20 Lessons about Vaccines plus Shoveling Snow

Week 20 preview

The objective for our Week 20 lessons is to teach critical reading and thinking skills using current news about “Are COVID-19 vaccines safe and effective?” (Level 1 lesson) and “How to prevent injuries when shoveling snow and walking on ice” (Level 2 lesson).  Some of the exercises of this week’s Level 1 lesson include: … Read more

Explore our Week 19 Lessons with Topics about Double Masks and Vicarious Vacations

Week 19 preview

The objective for our Week 19 lessons is to teach critical reading and thinking skills using current news about “Should you double mask? Start by picking the right one” (Level 1 lesson) and “Lori Borgman: Vicarious vacations loaded with Vitamin See” (Level 2 lesson).  Some of the exercises of this week’s Level 1 lesson … Read more