Article of the Week for Honors

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Article of the Week (AoW)

Research clearly shows that the best way to become a better reader and to learn to analyze texts is to… READ! No kidding. So we’re going to read widely – which means a variety of text, every week, on your own time. You will have one article to read, annotate, and respond to each week. We will practice the AoW procedures a few times in class before you are set loose, so don't worry!

How it Works

Every Friday I will post the Article of the Week. You are responsible for reading and interacting with the article on your own time, then turning it in at the beginning of class the following Friday. I will accept work turned in BEFORE Friday!

  • Step 1(meaningful annotations) is worth 5 points

  • Steps 2 and 3(summary, reflection) are worth five points total

  • Rubric is here

  • 0 for missing work

I will not accept this assignment late. Each AoW is a new opportunity to get full credit.

You get ONE free pass each semester.  I will discuss this in class.

What to Do

You’re going to start by just reading the article - probably 2-3 times. You can do it!

  • Step 1: Close Read - read with a pencil  in hand and annotate the text

  • Suggestion:  Read the article through once. Then, read it again and annotate the second time around.  

    • At a glance, your copy of the article should look heavily marked.  Up close, your comments and questions should seem sincere and thoughtful.  This is the look of “active reading.”

  • To annotate:

  • Circle key words and phrases—anything that strikes you as surprising or important, or that raises questions or confusions should be marked

  • Underline the author's claims/main points

  • Write your thoughts and reactions in the margins next to what you have marked.

    • Make connections - text-to-self, text-to-world, or text-to-text

    • Note: Random underlining or highlighting by itself without annotating is coloring, not close reading.

  • Bracket you don’t know, then look them up!  Write down the definition in the margin. Many of these articles are written for a broad readership; a wider vocabulary offers you greater access to the world.

  • NOTE-Smiley faces and other symbols are NOT annotations

Here are some examples:
Defining a word

Finished product

Once you have annotated the article, create a Google Doc for the AoW. Use the title of the article as the name of your document. You will complete steps 2 and 3 on this Google Document; please print the document and attach it to your annotated article. It MUST be printed to receive credit.

  • Step 2: Summary Statement - use the template below to summarize the article’s main ideas/arguments and respond to them:

  • The general argument made by author X in her/his work, _______________, is that _______________. More specifically, X argues that _______________. She/he writes, “ _______________.” In this passage, X is suggesting that _______________. In conclusion, X’s belief is that _______________. In my view, X is wrong/right, because _______________. More specifically, I believe that _______________. For example, ___________. Although X might object that __________, I maintain that _______________. Therefore, I conclude that _______________.

  • Step 3: AoW Activity List - Choose one of the following activities and complete it on the same document as your Summary Statement:

  1. Choose 3 interesting quotes or passages from this week’s article and write a 2-3 sentence reflection for each in which you explain their meaning and/or importance.

  2. Write down 5 things you learned by reading this week’s article.  Which of these 5 do you think is the most important to know? Explain in 4-6  sentences.

  3. Choose 3 of the following sentence starters and write a brief 2-3 sentence reflection for each:

I noticed. . . If I were. . .

I wonder why . . . I still don’t understand. . .

I was reminded of . . . What interested me most was…

I am surprised that. . . I can relate to this because. . .

I’d like to know. . . . This idea/article is similar to...

I realized. . .


Click here to see a student example of BOTH steps 2 and 3


  • If you are absent on Monday, the AoW will always be posted in Google Classroom. Print it and get to work!  If you are in zero period, and there is a late start (which means we have no class), you are still responsible for the article.  

  • Your work is due on assigned day no matter what (except for excused absence on day it is due).

  • Your AoW is due when class starts on Friday. It should be on your desk ready to turn in when the bell rings. You may not print your work during class. I will not accept work that is shared with me on Google Docs.

  • I do not accept AoWs late. Remember you get one free pass each semester. Use it wisely.
  • DO NOT wait until Friday morning to print your article. What if the printer is broken or out of ink? Plan ahead!

How Will This Be Graded?



4-5 Strong effort. Mature thinking is obvious. The 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 connecting to the focus question.

3 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.

2 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.

0-1 Little to no effort displayed.  Margin notes may not even be there.  

5 Outstanding effort.  The student obviously proofed this paragraph, focusing on neatness and accuracy.  Exceeds all requirements.

4  Good effort.  The product is neat and legible.  Meets all requirements.

3  Adequate effort.  The product is legible.  Meets most requirements.

2  Weak effort.  The student only completed some of the task.  

0-1  The student completed little to none of the task.     

Total AoW Grade: