Weekly Article Assignment

Who am I? Kelly Freaking Gallagher. That's who.

Before the Common Core were a twinkle in David Coleman's eye, Kelly introduced an assignment into his classroom called article of the week.

In the assignment, students read complex informational texts and responded to them in writing. That writing was nearly always a blend of the explanatory and argumentative modes, and it often culminated with a discussion of the issues in the text.

In addition to these academic practices, students began the assignment in class and completed it outside of class, meaning Gallagher's kids were getting a chance to develop their ability to manage their time outside of school (and thus they were developing academic self-control) with each assignment they completed.

Oh, and one more thing: this was a weekly assignment, giving Gallagher's students 40+ chances per school year to do all of these things.

Now look at the non-freaked out framework (below) that we sometimes talk about here on DaveStuartJr.com — circled in red, you'll find the elements of that framework that Gallagher's article of the week addressed:

Gallagher's article of the week assignment basically encompassed everything I've been talking about at DaveStuartJr.com — in a single assignment.

Gallagher basically created, in a single assignment, what it's taken me two and half years to just start figuring out. He is a Jedi.

My first exposure to the article of the week assignment

I first learned of Gallagher's AoW assignment in Readicide, where he argued that we need to “augment the curriculum with as much real-world text as possible” so that kids don't come across words like “al-Qaeda” in life and ask “Who's the Al guy?” (46). Gallagher continues on page 47 of Readicide:

“One way I addressed this problem [of students not having the background knowledge required for being multi-textual readers] in my classroom was by adding a weekly reading task I call ‘The Article-of-the-Week.’ These are real-world writings taken straight from news stories, essays, editorials, blogs, and speeches. I cull them from newspapers, magazines, and websites. Sometimes the articles are related to the unit we are currently studying and sometimes they are completely unrelated, but all the articles have one purpose—to broaden my students’ knowledge of the world. This past school year, for example, my students read and studied more than thirty different articles.”

When I first read this, I was intrigued, but not enough to make the jump. This had nothing to do with Gallagher's point and everything to do with me being an overwhelmed, “I'm long-term subbing in a new school in a new town with a new kid” dude.

But I couldn't escape Gallagher's wisdom; a year or so later, I was reading Mike Schmoker's Focusfor the first time when Gallagher's article of the week came up again. From Focus:

For years, I have recommended that teachers set aside about one day a week to read current articles and opinion pieces, especially in English, social studies, and science… Author and high school teacher Kelly Gallagher actually does this. He calls it ‘Article of the Week.'… We should redouble our efforts to integrate current readings into the curriculum. If we can get students interested in the issues of their own time (and we can), they will be far more interested in issues, people, and literature of the past.

And so it was that, several years ago, I found myself sold on the idea and diving into the task.

(Since 2012-2013, I've kept a list of articles of the week on DaveStuartJr.com — you can check them out here. To go straight to the Fount, see Kelly's list here.)

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My article of the week journey

I began teaching and assigning the article of the week assignment in my world history classes, and it's still in these classes (rather than my English ones) that I give the assignment. This isn't because I think AoW is an illegitimate use of English time — it absolutely isn't.

The simple reason for using AoW in my world history classes is because, basically, I can. Every single one of my ELA students is also in my social studies classes, and I like the “fit” of AoW better in the world history hour than the ELA one.

With that being said, if I taught only ELA, I'd still do the article of the week assignment. It's worth it.

Step 1: Using Gallagher's articles of the week

I began by simply heading over to Kelly's list of AoWs and using those with my kids.

Tons of benefit here: he and his colleagues are masters at picking articles from a variety of publications, on a variety of topics, and with a nice balance of explanatory and argumentative pieces.

Also, Kelly's articles of the week are blissfully simple in format and consistent in expectations (see below) — something that, as you'll see, I've strayed from over the years.

Here's an example of Gallagher's AoW format — beautifully simple.

For more on the “flow” of article of the week, check out the video below:

Step 2: Creating my own articles using Gallagher's format

When I started finding articles of the week of my own, I initially used Kelly's format (pictured above). He has kids do three things (and you can bet he teaches and models how to do each of these):

  1. Mark your confusion. In other words, mark spots in the text where you get confused. “Embrace confusion” is a Gallagher-ism that made me a better teacher. The idea is that mature readers are not those who can read every text perfectly, but instead they are those who know where, exactly, a text is throwing them. Mature readers don't say, “I didn't get it. Like, any of it.” They say, “I started getting lost in the middle of the article,” or “I got thrown when the author mentioned Boko Haram in Nigeria.”
  2. Show evidence of a close reading. As I'll argue below, this basically means annotate. I tell my students I'm looking for 1-2 thoughtful examples of mature thinking (more on that below). I show them student examples that do exemplify this and those that don't.
  3. Write a 1+ page reflection. The goal here is for kids to respond thoughtfully to the article. Gallagher consistently provides 1-3 possible response questions that help kids who are stuck.

Step 3: Getting better at that hustle

Finding or creating articles was only the first step in my article of the week journey — it was then that the fun happened. I learned a lot of things the hard way as I grappled with how to really make the Gallagher-esque article of the week something that promoted the long-term flourishing of my students.

Here are some Article of the Week Domination Tips, to put a technical label on them, that I picked up in those initial years. It's worth noting that so much of what I learned I did in the community of life-dominating teachers I get to do the Teaching Dance with every day — one of them even has a blog herself, and you ought to check it out!

Hook it real good.

When motivation to read a text increases, the complexity of the text decreases. Tattoo this on your arm if you have to because it's one of the key truths we must cling to if we're to help our students read things they might not choose to read on their own. In the video below, I walk through a couple hooking strategies (that sounds wrong); I also write about one here.

Don't simply assign the article of the week; teach it.

This is simple but pretty important. As an educator who posts articles of the week on his website, I worry that some well-meaning teachers will simply print it, copy it, and assign it to kids, saying, “It's due Friday.”

That's not doing it right.

If doing the Gallagher approach to article of the week, we need to teach our students the three basic parts (see Step Two). To pose them as questions:

  1. How do I monitor my own comprehension of a text? Where do I tend to get confused in real-world texts? What do mature readers do when confusion happens?
  2. How do I stay focused while reading a text? How do I engage in a conversation with the author of an article while I'm reading? How do I work smarter not harder, so that I can both read the article and prepare for the one-page response at the same time?
  3. How do I respond to texts in a professional, thoughtful manner? How do I express my opinions on current issues while remaining grounded in a text? How do I organize my thinking in response to a reading?

At the start of the year, we're modeling the most elementary answers to these questions. As the year progresses, we want to keep pushing our students into greater degrees of sophistication in answering these questions.

For example, several weeks ago with my first AoW, I simply wanted students to get to the one page mark with their written responses. Based on what I saw in those responses, I wanted them to keep producing that quantity of writing, but then I also wanted them to use paragraphs (more than a few didn't) and to go beyond solely summarizing (some wrote responses that were 100% summary).

Teach it by modeling.

Going back to the three things Gallagher's AoW format asks students to do, it's important that kids frequently get to see us doing those things through brief, think-aloud modeling.

So if I'm modeling “marking confusion,” I'll choose a paragraph in the text where I legitimately stumbled as a first-time reader of the article. I try putting myself in my students' shoes, showing them how things like lengthy, complex sentences can be broken down into chunks.

Modeling is quick, on-the-fly work. While modeling a “move,” I explain the rationale behind it (this shouldn't be done just once at the start of the year! Our students deserve frequent and creative approaches to the “Why do I have to do this?” questions) and then do the move in front of them using a document camera. (By the way, if you don't have a document camera, make a Donorschoose request and get one — it's the most useful piece of teaching technology in my classroom.)

Teach it with exemplars.

I also love typing up 1-2 exemplary student-written responses each week. (Here are a couple examples of article of the week exemplar student responses from this school year.)

When using an exemplar, focus on 1-2 elements of the text that you want students to focus on with their current article of the week assignment. In the example linked to above, I wanted my students to notice 1) the use of paragraphs and, more importantly, 2) the reflective, “this is more than a summary” elements of each piece.

Instead of “close reading,” teach kids to annotate purposefully (read: DON'T have them fill the margins with busywork).

As I've written elsewhere, close reading has pretty much ceased being a useful edu-term. (I even wrote its obituary.)

With articles of the week, I want my secondary students to annotate strategically. The question they need to ask themselves any time they read is, “What is the purpose of me reading this text? What am I going to do with it?”

For AoWs, they know they need to write a 1+ page response to the article. So in the spirit of working smarter not harder, I teach them to respond to the article as they're reading it with margin notes (i.e., annotations) that respond to what they're reading. I explicitly state that 1-2 thoughtful, mature annotations per page is acceptable because quality annotations will lend themselves to writing the 1+ page response much more than mere quantity will.

Example of an annotation that shows little evidence of thought. I don't mark kids down for this, but I also don't give them credit for it. Responding with OMG, smiley faces, etc. is a strategy for staying engaged with a text and responding to it emotionally, but it doesn't create much for the kid to build upon in the one-page reflection.

The student has written a question: “If there are more US soldiers than ISIS, then why doesn't the US do something?” This is thoughtful; this is something the student can expand upon in his/her one-page reflection.

I can still remember a student named Caleb who struggled getting the written part of articles of the week done until he discovered that annotations could serve as a starting point for his written response. As is so often the case, Caleb's epiphany became my epiphany, and the seeds for this idea of teaching kids purposeful annotation were planted in my skull.

Regularly do it yourself.

When I actually try marking my confusion and strategically annotating toward the written response and then writing a 1+ page response, I get all kinds of insights into the article of the week assignment. I can feel the parts that are clunky, the parts that make me pause, and the parts that I've probably not taught well enough.

It also doesn't hurt my street cred with students when they hear that I, too, do the assignments I give them. We're a family and a team, baby.

Don't underestimate the power of the Friday discussion/debate.

At the end of each Gallagher article, there are possible response questions. In most cases at least one of these can only be answered argumentatively.

An example of the “Possible Response Questions” section of Gallagher's article of the week model.

Just as I try to schedule fifteen minutes each Monday for teaching/modeling/getting students started with the article of the week, I also try to schedule fifteen minutes each Friday for a quick, graded discussion and/or debate. Even with large classes, it's possible to get every kid talking and getting some public speaking practice around the text in fifteen minutes — the pop-up debate strategy is a key routine for making this happen.

This is powerful, not just because speaking and listening are way undervalued in most classrooms, and not just because argumentative discussions can draw even the most disengaged students in, and not just because having these kinds of Friday rituals motivates more students to read the article of the week.

It's powerful for all those reasons and probably more. Don't under-estimate the power of this end-of-the-week fifteen minutes!

Step 4: Adding onto the Gallagher model (and possibly over-complicating it)

As DaveStuartJr.com readers began noticing last year, I made several tweaks to the Gallagher article of the week format based on several things I was learning in my teacher-book reading and through problems I was seeing in student performance on the article of the week assignment.

If Kelly Gallagher were to actually have visited my blog during this time period, he probably would have thought, “Oh good — this yahoo from Michigan has turned a one-page-front-and-back assignment into a several page packet. Awesome. The word ‘bastardization' has a new mascot, and it is Dave Stuart Jr.'s insane Frankenstein of an AoW.”

So let's look at how a simple assignment became a packet.

I want to explain the thinking behind each of the pages I added, and I'll go in the order that the pages appeared in a typical article of the week. (Here's a link to the article of the week I use for screenshots in the sections below.)

I added a rubric.

Before last year, I think there were only two teachers in my building using article of the week: my work sister Erica Beaton and me. But at the start of last school year, this expanded a bit as several additional teachers decided to augment their curriculum with the assignment.

This was a net win for kids in our building, but it did create one concern amongst teachers, parents, and students: grading wasn't standardized enough. One teacher was giving a 2/10 for articles of the week that were completed but had poorly written responses, whereas I was, in my head, giving up to 5 points for the reading and 5 points for the writing for a total of a 10 point assignment.

So people started asking me, “Well, surely there's a rubric for this thing, isn't there?”

And I was just thinking, Oh crap — everyone's going to find out that I just kind of go into a fugue state when I grade these things!

So I made the rubric, which you can see blown up if you click the image below.

Here's the first page of my revised article of the week from last school year.

Strengths of this change: 

  • Clearly communicates to students, parents, and teachers how points are allotted.

Weaknesses:

  • I'm not a rubric guru. I got into teaching because I want to help kids flourish long-term, and mastering the art of writing rubrics hasn't yet risen to the top of my personal PD list. All that is to say that my AoW rubric is by no means high-quality or guru-certified. That's why I'm pumped to start reading Rethinking Rubricsby Maja Wilson soon; E-Cash recommended it to me, and it sounds like a non-technical, thoughtful look at rubrics and whether they are actually awesome or not. For now, I just think it's worth stating that throwing a rubric on the front of an assignment doesn't automatically make it better or worse — that's where my head is on that.
  • At least 4 of the 300,000 people who marched in NYC last week were there in direct protest of my paper-heavy AoW format, and that paper-heaviness began with this rubricky cover page.

I added Reading for Meaning statements.

Last fall, I read Perini, Silver, and Dewing's The Core Six, and in it the authors explain a strategy that I found pretty intriguing. While I explain Reading for Meaning comprehensively here, the gist of it is that mature readers seamlessly engage in before-, during-, and after-reading thinking with every text they read, and to help our struggling readers habituate these phases of reader thinking, we can use Reading for Meaning (RFM) statements. (Click on the image below to see a larger version of the example RFM page.)

This is an example of a Reading for Meaning statements page.

Strengths:

  • The statements allow me to check specific comprehension points.
  • They can serve as a hook into the reading.
  • They lend themselves to Friday discussions/debates.
  • They reinforce the idea that we need textual evidence to prove or disprove text-based statements.

Weaknesses:

  • They add another page to the AoW, resulting in increased tree death and adding to the increasingly unwieldy feel of the assignment.
  • They add another task for kids if you're still using Gallagher's three tasks.

I added several scaffolds for the written portion, including a self-editing checklist and a Graff/Birkenstein They Say, I Say two-paragraph template.

And then we get to the written portion. I was seeing several consistent problems in my AoWs, and so I sought to add elements into the assignment to help students dominate those problems.

First, I was seeing work that reflected no care for detail. We're talking about the lower-cased “i,” the uncapitalized proper nouns, the missing periods. I don't expect grammatical flawlessness (nor do I produce it as a professional writer *scratches back of neck*), but I do expect a best effort at conventional writing, and I think a certain standard is helpful for even my most struggling writers. Thus was born the self-editing checklist (see image below).

But then I was also noticing kids spouting off their opinions in response to the articles without any connection to the articles themselves. Students would say that we should close our borders and keep everyone out without any acknowledgment of the complexities of the issue discussed by the article's author.

This led me to pursue an argumentative bend to the article of the week, initially with the requirement that students use a two-paragraph They Say/I Say template a la Graff and Birkenstein, thus ensuring that kids would take the time to grapple with what an author actually says before joining the conversation.

All of this culminated with an additional page on the assignment and much, much more structure.

Here's an example of the final page of my article of the week format — it has specific elements I want to see in each written response, a self-editing checklist, and a sample They Say, I Say two-paragraph template.

Strengths:

  • Students had a list to which they could refer for self-editing.
  • I was scaffolding argumentative responses for students with Graff/Birkenstein's two-paragraph template.

Weaknesses:

  • I wasn't able to hold them accountable to doing the self-editing (not enough time to closely grade them). As a result, most students didn't use the checklist. It was there, it might have looked good, but it wasn't really used.
  • The two-paragraph template isn't meant as a lock-step scaffold, but rather as a guide. It's meant to illustrate for students that we need to spend some time accurately representing the views put forth by a text's author before we bring our own views into the conversation, and it's meant to provide students with some sentence templates, some “moves” that can get that done. Unfortunately, many of my students began getting “stuck” with the exact words and phrases of the template (Erica Beaton, who now teaches last year's students, is working to unstick them 🙂 ).

Step 5: Moving forward and backward at the same time (boom)

And that, dear reader, brings us to today.

To sum up Step 4, I took a smart, simple assignment and attempted to respond to the needs of my students and the pressures of my school by adding various scaffolds.

And don't get me wrong: I still see value in every one of those scaffolds.

Reading for Meaning statements are still a great strategy for getting kids to do the before-, during-, and after-reading thinking that mature readers do. Rubrics, until I read Wilson's book, still seem at least somewhat helpful for my students to know their way around an assignment. They Say, I Say is still a critical part of my composition instruction — that won't change. I plan to use the two-paragraph They Say/I Say template with my students later this semester, and I know that the they say is still something far too few of my students are doing in both their written and spoken arguments. And yes, I still want kids proofreading their work for the conventions we learn during the year, because details do matter.

This is posted at the front of my room. Why? Because it's true, baby!

What I don't want to keep doing is including all these scaffolds with every single assignment. In doing this last year, I feel a bit as if I created a monster, and also as if I was working harder, not smarter (or at least I was making the copy machines work harder).

This year, I'm printing out the rubric once (and modifying the language — see next week's post) and giving it to kids to keep in their binders. If I use reading for meaning statements for a given article of the week, I'll do so on the article itself — but this won't be an every time element of AoWs, just as Gallagher's window quotes aren't an every time element of his.

For the writing pieces, these are again things I'll print out for students once. I'll include Graff and Birkenstein's two-paragraph template, as well as the more extended list of templates we use with kids.

So if you're one of the teachers who uses my AoW list consistently, I guess this is a 3,700-word note saying, “Be ready for more of the simple, elegantly formatted Gallagher-style articles of the week and less of the unwieldy, ‘Dave Stuart Jr. is a noob‘ packets.”

In next week's post, I'll provide some of those scaffolding documents I mentioned so that you can use them if you'd like.

In the meantime, thank Mr. Gallagher for the article of the week assignment. Let's see if he'll comment on this blog post and drop some knowledge for us.

Have a great day.

-Dave

Articles of the Week are utilized in Reading classes weekly and are available online for students to print from home and updated weekly. Expect to receive a new article each Wednesday. Articles will be due the following Wednesday.

VMS Articles of the Week were developed using strategies originally created by Kelly Gallagher and have been modified to meet the needs of Vale Middle School students using Oregon Department of Education reading sample guidelines and Common Core State Standards. The content of these articles is constantly evolving in order to best meet the needs of VMS students. Educators from other school districts are welcome to borrow from these articles so long as credit is given to Kelly Gallagher for the original AoW concept, VMS for the work/effort put into each week's article, and, naturally, the original author of the article.

Questions about completing articles? Click HERE OR HERE or HERE to print an anchor paper. 

Click here to print a rubric for LITERARY TEXT or INFORMATIONAL TEXT.

Click here for a STUDENT LANGUAGE RUBRIC

Student-created AoW guidelines for use in the classroom.
       PDF: CLICK HERE
       MS Word: CLICK HERE

AoW template CLICK HERE


5/2/17
     Meet the Teenage Girl Who Wants to Be a Boy Scout
     Kahn, Y., NPR
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    Lexile: 1180

4/25/17
     Wildlife Groups Want Giraffes Added to Endangered Species List
     Wamsley, L., NPR
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    Lexile:  1180

4/19/17
     TItanic Survivor's Locket Found on Ocean Floor
     Bowerman, M., USA Today
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     Lexile: 1520

4/12/17
30-Million-Year-Old Tick Full of Monkey Blood Found in Ancient Amber
     Daley, J., Smithsonian
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     Lexile: 1610

3/20/17
Women of NASA to be Immortalized - in Lego Form
     Kennedy, M., NPR
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     Lexile: 1070 

3/15/17
Scientists Discover How to 'Upload Knowledge to Your Brain'
     Molloy, M., The Telegraph
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    Lexile:1180

3/8/17
What's a Penny Made Of?
     Live Science Staff
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    Lexile: 1080

3/1/17
Venus the Two-Faced Cat a Mystery
     Andreassi, K., National Geographic
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     Lexile: 1090

2/22/17
Patriots Wide Receiver's Proudest Achievement Isn't Making the Super Bowl
     Hartman, S., CBS News
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    Lexile: 680

2/15/17
Act of Sportsmanship Gives Texas High Schooler Shot at Glory
     Hartman, S., CBS News
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     Lexile: 990

2/8/17
To Rescue or Not, That is the Question With Distressed Animals
     Wilkinson, T., National Geographic
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     Lexile: 1510

2/1/17
Five Tips on How to Spot Fake News Online
     Sakuma A., & Salibasas, E., 
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     Lexile: 1400

1/25/17
 From Brake Linings to Pedicures, Upper Darby Garage Run by Women Caters to Women
      Newsworks.org
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      Lexile: 930

12/7/17
The Future is Here: Nike Introduces Self-Lacing Sneakers
     Gilbert, K., Shape Magazine
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    Lexile: 1290

11/30/17
Community Stunned and Saddened by Death of K-9 Jardo Days After Shooting
     Rodine, K., & Fenner, E., Idaho Statesman
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     Lexile: 1420

11/23/17
Random Acts of Kindness Define Who We Really Are
     The Huffington Post
     No Word version available
     Lexile: 1400

DUE DATE 11/17/16
Amelia Earhart's Last Chapter Was as a Heroic Castaway
     Pequenino, K. CNN
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     Lexile: 1170

DUE DATE 11/2/16
Empatica Begins Shipping Seizure-Tracking Wristband
     Subbaraman, N., Boston Globe
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     Lexile: 1350

DUE DATE 10/26/16
Kids Love Shakespeare's ROMEO & JULIET - Quick Summary for Kids
www.kidsloveshakespeare.com
     Due to formatting issues, no MS Word document is available
     Lexile: not available

DUE DATE 10/19/16 
We Found Out What Happens After You Catch Every Pokemon
     Mosher, A.
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     Lexile: 1220

DUE DATE 10/12/16
Beaverton Girl Makes Bandage Breakthrough, Wows Google, Wins $15,000
     Hammond, B. 
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     Lexile: 1360

DUE DATE 10/5/16
Students Surprise Bullied Deaf Teen Whose Backpack Was Dumped in Toilet
     Earl, J., CBS News
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     Lexile: 1060

DUE DATE 9/28/16
Bullying Definition
     Stopbullying.gov
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     Lexile: 1160

DUE DATE 9/21/16
     Teens Give Boy a Helping Hand
     McKluskey, P., Boston Herald
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     Lexile: 960

DUE DATE 9/14/16
FDA Bans 19 Chemicals Used in Antibacterial Soaps
     Kodjak, A., NPR.org/Shots
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     Lexile: 1370

DUE DATE 9/7/16
Flying Cockroaches! Heat Sends Pests Soaring
     Kubota, T, Livescience.com
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     Lexile: 920

DUE DATE 8/31/16
Olympic Medalists Must Pay 'Victory Tax'
     Rensulli, K.A., Time MONEY
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     Lexile: 1210

DUE DATE 6/1/16 - FINAL ARTICLE FOR THE YEAR
*Article 3 in Wizard of Oz unit series
     Wonderful (and Not-So-Wonderful) Facts About ‘The Wizard of Oz’
     Leeds, S., Mentalfloss.com. 
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     Lexile: 1180

DUE DATE 5/25/16
*Article 2 in Wizard of Oz unit series
     Tornadoes Fast Facts
     CNN Library
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     Lexile: 1050

DUE DATE 5/18/16
*Article 1 in Wizard of Oz unit series
     The State of Kansas
     netstate.com
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     Lexile: 1270

DUE DATE 5/4/16
TMZ Was First - Again. Will Its Word Alone Ever Be Good Enough For Traditional Media?
     Farhi, P., Washington Post
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     Lexile: 1040

DUE DATE 4/24/16
Archaeologists Spy New Vikings Settlements From Space
     Smithsonian.com
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     Lexile: 1270

DUE DATE 4/17/16
Dissolve My Nobel Prize! Fast! (A True Story)
     NPR
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     Lexile: 1160

DUE DATE 4/13/16
Where Has Shakespeare's Skull Gone?
     AP
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     Lexile: 1160

NO DUE DATE - THIS WILL BE AN IN-CLASS ASSIGNMENT
Soccer Star Brandi Chastain Says She Will Donate Her Brain to Science
     Peralta, E., NPR
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     Lexile 1290

DUE DATE 3/9/16
Harmless Things You Should Really Wash Your Hands After Touching
     Harris, W., How Stuff Works
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     Lexile: 1220

DUE DATE 3/2/16
Half of American Teenagers Volunteer, Largely Because Their Friends Do
     Hall, H., philanthropy.com
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     Lexile: 1250

DUE DATE 2/25/16
Patrick Austin Overcomes Death of his Father...
     Flagler, J., Gaston Gazette
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     Lexile: 1030

DUE DATE 2/17/16
Zika Virus is at Least 50 Years Old
     Gregoire, C., HuffPost
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Lexile: 1100

DUE DATE 2/10/16
Rogue Drones? Unleash the Eagles
     Wagner, L., NPR
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     Lexile: 1090

DUE DATE 2/3/16
Shaq Surprises Florida Cop for Pickup Game With Kids After Viral Hoops Video
     Sederholm, J., NBC News
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     Lexile: 1490

DUE DATE 1/27/16
Thank you to Mrs. Dalton at Mountain Island Charter School in Mount Holly, North Carolina, for the great article suggestion this week!
Glenn Frey Dead: How The Eagles' Hit "Take It Easy" Became One of the Most Famous Songs in History
     Buncombe, A., The Independent
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     Lexile: 1140

DUE DATE 1/20/16
See the Seabin: Floating Rubbish Bin Actively Cleans Oceans 24/7
     Earthables.com
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     Lexile: 1140

DUE DATE 1/13/16 
4 New Elements will be Added to the Periodic Table. Here's What it Means.
     Resnick, B., Vox Science & Health
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      Lexile: 970

DUE DATE 1/6/16
Thank you to Ms. Izzo at East Mooresville Intermediate in Mooresville, North Carolina for another excellent article suggestion!
Plastic Mat Project Weaves Softer Nights for Homeless
     Nordstrand, D., The Californian
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     Lexile: 1030

DUE DATE 12/16/15
Scans of King Tut's Tomb Show '90 Percent' Chance of Secret Rooms
     Mazza, E., Huffpost
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     Lexile: 1250

DUE DATE 12/9/15
Thank you to Ms. Izzo at East Mooresville Intermediate in Mooresville, North Carolina for the great article suggestion this week!
Nigerians are Building Fireproof, Bulletproof, and Eco-Friendly Homes...
      Froelich, A., Tru-Activist.com
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       Lexile: 1200

DUE DATE 12/2/15
No More Heading: US Soccer Out With New Guidelines for Youth Soccer
     Stump, S., Today Show
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     Lexile: 1150

DUE DATE 11/25/15
10 Jaw-Dropping Lego Facts That Everyone Should Know
     Daily Dot
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     Lexile: 1330

DUE DATE 11/18/15
Venus' twin? New Earth-sized exoplanet GJ1132b Found in Our Neighborhood
     AP, NBC News
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Lexile: 1070

DUE DATE 11/11/15
An Oregon Teen Just Got Infected With the Plague
     Chokshi, N., Washington Post
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     Lexile: 1170

DUE DATE 11/4/15
How the Most Promising Hoverboards Actually Work
     Allain, R., Wired
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     Lexile: 890

DUE DATE 10/28/15
The Drone Invasion Now Underway
     CBS News, Pogue, D.
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     Lexile: 870

DUE DATE 10/21/15
Could You Really Outrun a Tyannosaurus rex?
     Cooper, A., How Stuff Works
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     Lexile: 1130

DUE DATE 10/14/15
Michigan Farmer Unearths Bones of Rare Mammoth Hybrid From Nearly 15,000 Years Ago
     Tan, A., ABC News
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     Lexile: 1310

DUE DATE 10/7/15
Styrofoam-eating Mealworms Could Happily Dispose of Plastic Waste
     Coldewey, D.
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     Lexile: 1310

DUE DATE 9/30/15
Eight Trillion Microbeads Pollute Aquatic Habitats Every Day
     Feltman, R.
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     Lexile: 1300

DUE DATE 9/23/15
Can Eating More Than Six Bananas at Once Kill You?
     Rhodes, D., BBC
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     Lexile: 1170

DUE DATE 9/16/15
The "Drinkable Book" That Could Save Your Life
     Maverick, T., Wall Street Daily
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     Lexile: 980

DUE DATE 9/9/15
Ice Cream That Does Not Melt Could Soon 'Hit the Shelves'
     Ward, V. The Telegraph
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     Lexile: 1330

DUE DATE 9/2/15
In California, Millions of 'Shade Balls' Combat a Nagging Drought
     Rogers, K., NY Times
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Lexile: 1080

DUE DATE 5/27/15
Isaiah Bird: A Wrestler with No Legs and No Excuses
     Kaminer, M., The Sports Quotient
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     Lexile: 880

DUE DATE 5/20/15
Mapped: The Beaches Where Lego Washes Up
     Cacciottolo, M., BBC News
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     Lexile: 1410

DUE DATE 5/13/15
Ask Well: Does Kinesiology Tape Really Work
     Reynolds, G., New York Times
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     Lexile: 1130

DUE DATE 5/6/16
Smith Rock, One of the 7 Wonders of Oregon: Climb Monkey Face for Best Selfie Spot
     The Oregonian
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     Lexile: 1230

DUE DATE 4/29/15
Venezuelan Man Gets Medal After Finishing Boston Marathon in 20 Hours
     Associated Press
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     Lexile: 1380

DUE DATE 4/22/15
Your Poop Could Be a Literal Goldmine of Precious Metals
     Feltman, R., Washington Post/AP
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     Lexile: 1170

DUE DATE 4/15/15
Starbucks Ups College Plan to 4 Years
     Horovitz, B./USA Today
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     Lexile: 1270

Thank you to Ms. Anderson at Central Middle School in DeWitt, Iowa for the great article suggestion this week!

DUE DATE 4/8/15
Dean Smith Remembers Players in Will
     Rovell, D./ESPN.com
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     Lexile: 990

DUE DATE 3/18/15
Obama to Designate New National Monuments in Colorado, Hawaii and Illinois
      Daly, M., AP
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      Lexile: 1280

DUE DATE 3/11/15
The Highs and Lows of the Antiquities Act
       Raffensperger, L., NPR
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       Lexile: 1200

DUE DATE 3/4/15
Prep Teams Banned From Postseason 
      News & Commentary ESPN.com
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      Lexile: 1350

DUE DATE 2/26/15
Paralympic Stary Makes History on NBA Stage
      CBS News
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      Lexile: 1180

DUE DATE 2/18/15
Carbon Monoxide Poster Context
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      CPSC
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      Lexile: 860

DUE DATE 2/11/15
Katy Perry's Super Bowl Lion Came Together in Eight Weeks
      Francis, M., Oregonian
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      Lexile: 1370

DUE DATE 2/4/15
Humans of New York, a UGA Grad, Raises Nearly $1M for School
     Clanton, N., Atlanta Journal Constitution
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      Lexile: 1060

DUE DATE 1/28/15
Kayla Montgomery: Pushing the Limits of MS
      DigitalSportsNews/ESPN
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      Lexile: 1110

DUE DATE 1/21/15
How Do Vaccines Work?
     Dhanasarnsombut, K., TED Talks
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      Lexile: 1290

DUE DATE 1/14/15
The Science Facts about Autism and Vaccines
Infographic page 1 pdf
Infographic page 2 pdf
      Mordecai, A.(available at this link)
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      Infographic Word version page 1
      Infographic Word version page 2
      Lexile: 1150

DUE DATE 1/7/15
Author of Bridge to Terabithia: Messages are Poison to Fiction
     NPR Staff
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     Lexile: 1000

DUE DATE 12/17/14
Map: Where Your Christmas Trees Come From
      Ingraham, C., Washington Post
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     Lexile: 1330

DUE DATE 12/10/14
Former Star High School QB Sues Over Concussion 'Epidemic'
      Tarm, M., Associated Press 
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      Lexile: 1400

DUE DATE 12/3/14
NYC Rats Are Even Grosser Than You Thought, Study Finds
     Mohney, G., Good Morning America
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     Lexile: 1220

DUE DATE 11/26/14
Are Dangerous Spiders Hiding in Your Fruit?
       Drake, N., National Geographic
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       Lexile: 1150

DUE DATE 11/19/14
9 Rules For Emailing From Google Exec Eric Schmidt
       Schmidt, E., Rosenberg, J., Eagle, A., Time Magazine
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       Lexile: 1190

DUE DATE 11/12/14
Maine Nurse in Ebola Flap Says She'll Respect Town's Wishes
       CBS News
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       Lexile: 1480

DUE DATE 11/5/14
Blind Man Sees for First Timew with "Bionic Eye"
       Firger, J., CBS News
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       Lexile: 1330

DUE DATE 10/29/14
GMO labeling: Who's pouring cash into Oregon's Yes and No campaigns?
      Brence, M., The Oregonian
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      Lexile: 1020

DUE DATE 10/22/14
Frozen Poop Pills Fight Life-Threatening Infections
     Shute, N., Shots Health News from NPR
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     Lexile: 990

DUE DATE 10/15/14
How Big Were Prehistoric Animals?
      Strauss, B. 
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Lexile: 1430

DUE DATE 10/8/14
Japan Rolls Out Campaign to Stockpile Toilet Paper
     Yamaguchi, M., AP
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     Lexile: 1470

DUE DATE 10/1/14
14 Things You Didn't Know About How the Sun Will Die
      Eicher, D., Astronomy Magazine
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      Lexile: 1530

DUE DATE 9/24/14
New Species of Massive Dinosaur Discovered in Africa
      Grenoble, R., The Huffington Post
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      Lexile: 1230

DUE DATE 9/17/14
What You Need to Know About the Enterovirus Outbreak
     Moisse, K., ABC News
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     Lexile: 1250

DUE DATE 9/10/14
9 Worst Eye Care Mistakes You're Making
      MacMillin, A., Health.com
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      Lexile: 1160

DUE DATE 5/21/14
Brand Names People Use as Generic Terms
      Harrel, L., MentalFloss.com
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      Lexile: 980

DUE DATE 5/14/14
Powerade Drops Controversial Ingredient
      Choi, C., AP
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      Lexile: 1300

DUE DATE 5/7/14
Why is Cinco de Mayo More Popular in American than Mexico?
     Green, B., US News & World Report
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     Lexile: 1440

DUE DATE 4/30/14
Study Finds Brain Changes in  Young Marijuana Users
     Lazar, K., Boston Globe
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     Lexile: 1430

DUE DATE 4/23/14
Man Successfully Argues 5th Amendment in Deer Killing Case
     (Bamboy, S.)
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      Lexile: 1370
          Article format and question strategies for this article created by
          Evelyn Moore
          Montevallo Middle School
          Montevello, Alabama

DUE DATE 4/16/14
Yellowstone Animals Fleeing Park. Supervolcano Eruption Imminent?
No, A Super Volcano Is Not About to Erupt in Yellowstone
     (PoliticalEars & Rhodan, M., Time)
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     Lexile: 1060

DUE DATE 4/9/14
Pa. Teen Says Typeface Could Save Millions 
     (Begos, K., AP)
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     Lexile: 1360

DUE DATE 4/2/14
The Truth Behind Baby Carrots
     (McCarthy, S., Fox News)
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      Lexile: 1220

DUE DATE 3/19/14
Students, Say Goodbye to Snow Days -- and Say Hello to School at Home
     (Gumbrecht, J.)
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      Lexile: 1160

DUE DATE 3/12/14
Possibly the Most Radical Innovation to Zippers in Over a Century
      (Neporent, L., ABC News)
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      Lexile: 1180

DUE DATE 3/5/14
U.S. Paralympics Sports Preview
      (teamUSA.org)
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      Lexile: 1340

DUE DATE 2/26/14
Olympic Medals Miss Gold Standard
     (Grant, T., Pittsburgh Post Gazette)
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      Lexile: 1300

DUE DATE 2/19/14
U.S. Figure Skating Denies Report of Ice Dance Collusion
      (Hersh, P., Chicago Tribune)
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      Lexile: 1050

DUE DATE 2/12/14
The Olympic Principles and Traditions
     (Grolier Online's New Book of Knowledge)
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      Lexile: 1250

DUE DATE 2/5/14
Sochi 2014: India's Answer to 'Cool Runnings'?
      (Majenie M., CNN)\
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      Lexile: 1390

DUE DATE 1/29/14
Jamaica Bobsled Given $120,000 Over Two Days; Shuts Down Crowd Funding
     (Zaccardi, N., NBC Olympictalk)
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     Lexile: 1130

DUE DATE 1/22/14
Videos Turn the Science of the Olympics into Smooth Skating
     (Boyle, A., NBC News)
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      Lexile: 1150

DUE DATE 1/15/14
Counselor: Some UNC Student-Athletes Read at 3rd, 4th Grade Level
     (CNN)
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     Lexile: 1290

DUE DATE 1/8/14
Mars Rover Finds Ancient Life-Supporting Lakebed
     (Klotz, I., Discovery News)
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     Lexile: 1320

DUE DATE 12/18/13
Scientists: Sun-grazing Comet Likely Broke Up
     (Ritter, K., AP) 
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     Lexile: 1180

DUE DATE 12/11/13
The Eye Ring Converts Words to Braille Dots in Real-Time
    (The Trendhunter)
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     Lexile: 1480

DUE DATE 12/4/13
Stores Opening on Thanksgiving Day is Not Something to Be Thankful For
     Long, H., The Guardian
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     Lexile: 970

DUE DATE 11/27/13
Most Still Believe in JFK Assassination Conspiracy
     (Jackson, D., USA Today)
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      Lexile: 1120

DUE DATE 11/20/13
Corpses Rot Everywhere as Phillipine Typhoon Survivors Beg For Help
     (CBS/AP)
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     Lexile: 1320

DUE DATE 11/13/13
History of Veterans Day
     (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs)
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     Lexile: 1450

DUE DATE 11/6/13
Brooke Greenberg: 20-Year-Old "Toddler's" Legacy of Hope and Love
     (Weir, S., Healthy Living)
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     Lexile: 1230

DUE DATE 10/30/13
Leaving the Driving to a Computer Has Big Benefits
     (Lowy, J., AP)
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     Lexile: 1420

DUE DATE 10/23/13
If Star Athletes Sell Junk Food - - Is Your Kid More Likely to Eat It?
     (Briggs, B., Today Health)
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     Lexile: 1260

DUE DATE: 10/16/13
New $100 Bill Makes Debut
     (Isidore, C., CNN)
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     Lexile: 1270

DUE DATE: 10/9/13
Zimbabwe: Poachers Poison 91 Elephants
     (Musiya, T., AP)
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     Lexile: 1490

DUE DATE 10/2/13
5 Things You Need to Know About E-Cigarettes
     (Neporent, L., Good Morning America)
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     Lexile: 1390

DUE DATE: 9/25/13
What the Painful Bites of Six Different Deadly Creatures Feel Like
    (Gayomali, C., The Week)
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     Lexile: 1040

DUE DATE 9/18/13
What Happened on 9/11?
    (Smith, N., Scholastic News for Kids)
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     Lexile: 970

DUE DATE 9/11/13
Car Windows May Not Protect From Sun
     (Durbin, D.)
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     Lexile: 1070

DUE DATE 9/4/13
National Zoo Panda Healthy, Vibrant
     (Nuckols, B., AP)
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     Lexile: 1270

DUE DATE 8/28/13
Christina Stephens' "Lego Leg" Video Inspired Amputees
     (CBS News/Associated Press)
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     Lexile: 1130

DUE DATE 5/22/13
Not-Your-Typical (High School) Summer Reading List
    (whatyourkidscando.org)
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     Lexile: 1220

DUE DATE 5/15/13
10 Most Unusual Prisons in the World
     (prafulla.net)
     Article created by VMS student Addison
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     Lexile: 1030

DUE DATE 5/8/13
Exoskeleton Allows Paraplegics to Walk
     (Gannon, M., CNN News)
     Article created by VMS students Dallie & Seth
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     Lexile: 1250

DUE DATE 5/1/13
TV May Improve Behavior in Kids
     (CNN News)
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     Lexile: 1220

DUE DATE 4/24/14
Driver License Issued to Car Without Driver
     (SF News)
     Article created by VMS student Abby
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     Lexile: 1190

DUE DATE 4/17/13
If Twinkie Dies, We Killed It
     (Obeidallah, D.)
     Article created by VMS student AdriAna
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     Lexile: 1210

DUE DATE 4/10/13
Wrigley to Sell Caffeinated Gum
     (Isidore, C., CNN)
     Article created by VMS student Brieanna
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     Lexile: 1200

DUE DATE 4/3/13
Teen Shot For Her Advocacy is "the Daughter of the Whole World," Dad Says
     (Fantz, A./CNN News)
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     Lexile: 950

DUE DATE 3/20/13
Civil War Soldiers Laid to Rest 150 Years Later
     (Starr, B./CNN)
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     Lexile: 1350

DUE DATE 3/13/13
Sinkholes: Common, Costly and Sometimes Deadly
     (Pearson, M./CNN) 
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     Lexile: 1530

DUE DATE 3/6/13
Dr. Seuss Biography
     (The Biography Channel)
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     Lexile: 1280

DUE DATE 2/27/13
How Abraham Lincoln Lost His Birthday
     (Bomboy, S.)
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     Lexile: 1230 

DUE DATE 2/20/13
Friday Flyby: How Scientists Track Near-Earth Asteroids
     (Pappas, S.)
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     Lexile: 1270

DUE DATE 2/13/13
No-Book Library? BiblioTech is Coming
     (Stern, J.)
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     Lexile: 1070

DUE DATE 2/6/13
Jim vs. John: Harbaughs Share Aggressive Traits, But Not Everything is Alike
     (Brown, C.)
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     Lexile: 970

DUE DATE 1/30/13
Famous Bridge in India is in Danger of Coming Down...Because of Spit
     (Rahman, S.A.)
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     Lexile: 1070

DUE DATE 1/23/13
Martin Luther King, Jr. - A Biography
     (socialstudiesforkids.org)
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     Lexile: 1160

DUE DATE 1/16/13
Icelandic Girl Fights to Keep Her Own Name
     (A. Andersen/Associated Press)
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Lexile: 1240

DUE DATE 1/9/13
Oregon EISC Sponsors Poster Contest
Part 2
    (Oregon Department of Education)
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     Lexile: 1010

DUE DATE 12/19/12
Enslaved Children Freed After Being Forced to Make Christmas Decorations
     (No author listed/Yahoo.News)
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Lexile:1470

DUE DATE 12/12/12
World's Oldest Person Dies at 116
     (Almasy, S./CNN)
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Lexile: 1210

DUE DATE 12/5/12
Real Benjamin Buttons Brothers: Matthew and Michael Clark are Aging Backwards
     (Weiss, P.)
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     Lexile: 1160

DUE DATE 11/28/12
The Tiger Rising
     (DiCamillo, K.)
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Lexile: 930

DUE DATE 11/21/12 (must be turned in prior to Thanksgiving vacation)
Where Are They Now? Diseases That Killed You in Oregon Trail
     (Garrison, L.T.)
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Lexile: 1110

DUE DATE 11/14/12
Member of Secret WWII Navajo Code Talker Marine Unit Dies at 90
     (Recinto, R.)
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     Lexile: 1270

DUE DATE 11/7/12
Sandy's "Mammoth" Wake: 46 Dead, Millions Without Power
     (Johnson, M.S. & Llanos, M.)
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Lexile: 1350

DUE DATE 10/31/12
Is the iPad Mini Worth Buying?
     (Worley, B.)
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  Lexile: 1130

DUE DATE 10/24/12
Cell Phone "Valets" at New York City Schools; Students Pay to Store Devices in Trucks
     (Matthews, K.)
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Lexile: 1350

DUE DATE 10/17/12
What is Candy Corn, and How is it Made?
     (Watson, S.)
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Lexile: 1120

DUE DATE 10/10/12
Super Bowl-Winning Quarterback Jim McMahon Says He Wishes He Had Played Baseball
     (Hendricks, M.)
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Lexile: 1160

DUE DATE 10/3/12
Boy with Severe Allergies Using Robot to Attend First Grade
     (Alphonse, L.M.)
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Lexile: 1150

DUE DATE 9/26/12
Best-Ever Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chunk Cookies
     (McColl, S.)
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Lexile 1190

DUE DATE 9/19/12
Coca-Cola's Newest Drink is Just a Few Drops
     (Associated Press)
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Lexile 1210

DUE DATE 9/12/12
In Parts of China BYO School Supplies Include Desks
     (NBCnews.com)
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Lexile 1150

DUE DATE 9/5/12
Epic Struggle Between Birds and Pigs Goes on With a Martian Twist
     (nasa.gov)
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     Lexile 1350

DUE DATE 8/29/12
Hook-legged Spider Found in Oregon
     (Main, D.)
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Lexile 1200

DUE DATE 5/22/12
D.I.Y. Biology, on the Wings of the Mockinjay
     (Gorman, J.)
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Lexile 1120

DUE DATE 5/15/12
Bodies Revealed Article
Bodies Revealed Questions
     (Discovery Center of Idaho)
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DUE DATE 5/8/12
Zuckerberg's Dinners with Girlfriend Help Spur Life-Saving Facebook Tool
     (ABC News)
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DUE DATE 5/1/12
Japanese Tsunami Victim's Soccer Ball Found in Alaska
     (Associated Press)
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DUE DATE 4/24/12
What Really Happened to the Titanic?
     (Scholastic Magazine)
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DUE DATE 4/18/12
Are You a Loser?
      (Scholastic Magazine)
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DUE DATE 4/11/12
Child Slavery in Ivory Coast
     (Philpott, T.)
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DUE DATE 4/4/12
Can the Cinnamon Challenge Kill You?
     (Breyer, M)
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DUE DATE 3/21/12
The One Year Anniversary of Japanese Tsunami
     (Associated Press; Accuweather.com)
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     Lexile: 1370

DUE DATE 3/14/12
Schools Face Tough Calls With Tornado
     (Associated Press)
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Lexile: 1190

DUE DATE 3/7/12
Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden
     (Tortus Technology)
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Lexile: 1290

DUE DATE 2/29/12
What is Mardi Gras?
     (www.mardigrasday.com)
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Lexile: 1370

DUE DATE 2/22/12
Pakistani Fishermen Reel in 40-Foot Whale Shark
     (CBS News)
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Lexile: 1380

DUE DATE 2/15/12
'Tebow' Bill to Let Home-Schoolers Play High School Sports Passes Va. House
     (Associated Press)
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Lexile: 980

DUE DATE 2/8/12
Deciphering the Super Bowl
     (Associated Press)
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     Lexile: 1190

DUE DATE 2/1/2012
Smoking Toddler Kicked Habit
     (NBC news)
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Lexile: 910

DUE DATE 1/25/11
Huh? Teenage Hearing Loss
     (Tween Tribune)
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     Lexile: 1180

DUE DATE 1/18/12
Flushing Can Spread Diarrhea Disease
     (ABC News)
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     Lexile: 1110

DUE DATE: 1/11/12
Indonesia Girl Reunited With Family After 2004 Tsunami
     (Associated Press)
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Lexile: 1010

DUE DATE: 1/4/12
Christmas Trivia
     (Publications International Ltd.)
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Lexile: 1380

DUE DATE: 12/21/11
What is Plagiarism?
     (KidsHealth.org)

DUE DATE 12/14/11
Healthy Eating Tips for Teens
     (Margolin, L.)
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Lexile: 1220

DUE DATE 12/7/11
Online Student Navigation Key
     (ODE)
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  Lexile: 1000

DUE DATE 11/23/11 - ALL STUDENTS MUST TURN IN BEFORE THANKSGIVING BREAK WHETHER CLASS MEETS OR NOT
Vibram FiveFingers KomodoSport LS Multisport Shoes
     (Rei.com)
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Lexile: 1370

DUE DATE 11/16/11
Recommended Facebook Privacy Settings for Teens
(Connectsafely.com)
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Lexile: 1190

DUE DATE 11/9/11
Up to 20 million Tons of Debris From Japan's Tsunami Moving Toward Hawaii
     (Good Morning America)
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Lexile: 1190

DUE DATE 11/2/11
Switched at Birth Girls Want to Stay With Wrong Moms
     (Good Morning America)
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97 2003 Document
Lexile: 1090

DUE DATE 10/26/11
Shakespearean Glossary
     (Kidzworld)
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Lexile: NA

DUE DATE 10/19/11
Shakespeare Biography
     (Jamieson, L.)
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  Lexile: 1090

DUE DATE 10/12/11
Saudi Women Protest for Right to Drive
      NewsHour Extra
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      Lexile: 1300

DUE DATE 10/5/11
Adu Signs with MLS' Union
     (Fox Sports)
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     Lexile: 1310

DUE DATE 9/28/11
Old Ketchup Packet Heads for Trash
     (Wall Street Journal)
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Lexile: 1280

DUE DATE 9/21/11
My Food Plate
     (choosemyplate.gov)
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     Lexile: 1230

DUE DATE 9/14/11
September 11, 2001
     (Grolier Online)
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Lexile: 1030

DUE DATE 9/7/11
Mummies Reveal Egyptians Styled Hair With 'Product'
     (Walsh, J., LiveScience.com)
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Lexile: 1510

DUE DATE 8/31/11
A Tortured Choice in Famine: Which Child Lives?
     (Muhumed, M., Associated Press)
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Lexile: 1050

DUE DATE 5/25/11
The Tiger Rising
     (DiCamillo, K.)
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Lexile: 930

DUE DATE 5/18/11
Eight Ways to tell if a Website is Reliable
     (Rogers, T.)
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     Lexile: 1430

DUE DATE 5/11/11
Scientists Investigate Twisters Like Detectives
     (Rubikam, M. & Eaton, K.)
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     Lexile: 1250

DUE DATE 5/4/11
Nyssa, Ontario, and Payette County Holding Prescription Drug Takeback, Saturday
     (Anderson, W.)
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     Lexile: 1230

DUE DATE: 4/27/11
Activists Save Chinese Dogs From Cooking Pot
     (no author listed; news.yahoo.com)
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Lexile: 1590

DUE DATE: 4/20/11
Why BYU Has Asked Jimmer Fridette to Stop Attending Classes
     (Eisenberg, J.)
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Lexile: 1270

DUE DATE: 4/13/11
Texas Man Gets First Full Face Transplant in United States
     (Marchione, M., & Contreras, R.)
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Lexile: 1230

DUE DATE: 4/6/11 
Kids Who Skip School are Tracked by GPS
     (Campbell, E.) 
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     Lexile: 1170

DUE DATE: 3/16/11
Colorado Teen Dies After Hit on Rugby Field
     Sandell, C. & Dolak, K.
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     Lexile: 1390

DUE DATE: 3/9/11
10 Stories Behind Dr. Seuss Stories
     Conradt, S.
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     Lexile: 1360

DUE DATE: 3/2/11
Wind-powered Car Sets Records in 3,100-mile Road Test
     (Fleming, R.)
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     Lexile: 1450

DUE DATE: 2/23/11
Oregon Teammate Honors Fallen Teammate 
     (Smith, K.)
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Lexile: 1360

DUE DATE: 2/16/11
Iran Opens Trial of 3 Americans on Spy Charges
     (Karimi, N. Associated Press)
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     Lexile: 1340

DUE DATE: 2/9/11
Egyptian Teenager in Poulsbo Seeking Contact With Family
     (msnbc.com)
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     Lexile: 1070

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