Reflection: Lesson Planning Introduce Narrative Writing Using News Articles - Section 2: Reading News Article


As much as my students need to read more news articles in order to be well-rounded, they will not pick up a newspaper or read non-fiction work online on their own. It's a simple fact. Teenagers avoid the news as much as they can. I'm aware of this so I try and bring news articles and similar non-fiction texts into the classroom when I can. A lesson like this serves as an introduction to the mini-lessons we will do throughout the entire year when I bring in non-fiction texts.

This serves as a way for students to see what's out their besides fiction and allows them to increase the types of texts they read and also gives them to tools for deeper analysis and conversations as well. One way to do that is to model how to think about these articles. I model it through the questions I ask them so when they one day, hopefully, do pick up a newspaper or have a conversation about a topic they are aware of what they need to do.

Since the Common Core pushes towards more non-fiction reading and writing, it's important to find the moments where they can be done throughout the entire year. Students are not quite yet ready to do this non-fiction work on a constant basis so we need to use when we can. I try not to isolate so much as I think that pushes into a category of it's own. While it obviously is, I want students to see how many times topics and ideas can cover various genres and styles.

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Introduce Narrative Writing Using News Articles

Unit 8: Personal Narrative/Memoirs: Reading and Analyzing Mentor Texts
Lesson 1 of 7

Objective: SWBAT analyze an informative text news article to think about deeper meanings behind personal experiences.

Big Idea: Using the stories of others to think about our own story.

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English / Language Arts, using nonfiction, news article, personal narrative, Mentor Texts, narrative, Metaphor
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