Part of the reason my students have such a hard time reading is because they bring little prior knowledge and background to the written page. They can decode the words, but the words remain meaningless without a foundation of knowledge.
To help build my students’ prior knowledge, I assign them an "Article of the Week" every Monday morning. By the end of the school year I want them to have read 35 to 40 articles about what is going on in the world. It is not enough to simply teach my students to recognize theme in a given novel; if my students are to become literate, they must broaden their reading experiences into real-world text.
Below you will find the articles I assigned* this year (2014-2015) to my students. Please note, all articles are subject to the copyright protections stipulated by the original source.
"The Origins of the Border Crisis" The Week
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Article of the Week Archive.
*While I assigned these, many of the lessons were prepared by my colleagues in the Magnolia High School English Department, including Helen Goldsmith, Amie Howell, Melissa Hunnicutt, Virginia Kim, Katrina Mundy, Esther Noh, Kalli Pappas, Sherri Rothwell, Lindsay Ruben, Margaret Tagler, Robin Turner, Michelle Waxman, and Dana White.