This week's AOW
Article of the Week
To submit your AOW: Use Google Classroom or turn in a paper copy to my Inbox. Email submissions will not be accepted.
Taking a cue from ELA educator and literacy author Kelly Gallagher, each week students will annotate and respond to an Article of the Week. The purpose of AoW is to broaden students' knowledge about the world around them.
How to annotate:
There are two grades associated with AoW: annotations (reading grade) and
a written response (writing grade).
How Will This Be Graded?
Annotation/Reading Grade: Out of 10 points
✓+ (9-10) Strong effort. Mature thinking is obvious. Student makes several margin notes, showing thoughtful interaction with the text. The student circles and defines unknown or challenging words. Margin notes show that the reader is asking questions, identifying main ideas, and making connections.
✓ (8.5) Adequate effort. The student interacts with the text, but may struggle to dig deep. The student may circle and define unknown or challenging words. Margin notes show that the reader is using some reading strategies to improve comprehension.
✓- (7) Some effort. Interaction with the text is basic. Margin notes are there but do not demonstrate that the reader is thinking deeply about the text.
F (5) No effort displayed. Margin notes may not even be there.
Response/Writing Grade: Out of 10 points
Responses should show evidence of reading comprehension. This can be done by using quotes in the article, using examples from the article, or referring back to specific aspects of the article in your writing.
✓+ (9-10) Outstanding effort. Well-developed response to the article that provides an insightful explanation, relevant personal connection, or strong rebuttal.
✓ (8.5) Good effort. Response mostly summarizes annotations and
follow-up from the annotations. Response shows some analysis and
✓- (7) Response doesn't quite summarize annotations or show any follow-up. Review is less than 1/2 a page and shows little reflection or connection to article.
F (5) The student did not submit a written response.