Article of the Week

The Article of the Week (AOW) is a year-long, on-going project patterned after Kelly Gallagher’s “Article of the Week” curriculum. It is designed to provide students with weekly critical reading practice. The reasoning behind the work is simple:

Kelly recognizes that part of the reason his students struggle with reading is because they lack prior knowledge and background. They can decode the words, but the words remain meaningless without a foundation of knowledge. To help build his students’ prior knowledge, he assigns them an Article of the Week every Monday morning.

The PDF version is what I actually provide students with.


Articles for the 2017-2018 School Year

Date Article Access
December 04 How Contagious is Ebola? PDF Handout
November 20 FBI says hate crime rate climbs as Jews, Muslims, LGBTs mostly targeted PDF Handout
November 13 Just in time for Thanksgiving dinner: traceable turkeys (English I Honors) PDF Handout
November 13 Just in time for Thanksgiving dinner: traceable turkeys (English 8) PDF Handout
November 06 US deserter Bowe Bergdahl spared prison time PDF Handout
October 23 McCain hits Trump where it hurts, attacking ‘bone spur’ deferments in Vietnam PDF Handout
October 16 Top Mathlete PDF Handout
October 09 Elusive ‘Tree Lobster’ Insect Was Just Officially Brought Back From The Dead PDF Handout
October 02 Supreme Court kicks off blockbuster term PDF Handout
September 25 A Highway for Jaguars PDF Handout
September 13 North Korea sanctions ‘nothing compared to what will have to happen’: Trump PDF Handout
September 05 Irma Approaches PDF Handout
August 28 Galaxy Note 8, iPhone 8, and the birth of the $1,000 smartphone PDF Handout
August 22 What Is An Act of Kindness? PDF Handout

For Teachers

I accompany each article with a screencast in which I explain the words in their context and show students how they could have figured out some of the meaning of the word. Below is an example of one such screencast.

I create my screencasts with Screencastify, a free app you can install on Google Chrome. Once you have it configured, it automatically saves your screencasts to a folder in Google Drive. From there, you can provide students with a link, download it and store it somewhere else, or embed it in a Google Classroom assignment.

Previous Years

Articles for the 2016-2017 School Year

Date Article Access
May 22 UAE to tow iceberg from Antarctica for drinking water PDF Handout
May 15 Holocaust Survivors in Poland Find Restitution Claims “Like a Carousel” PDF Handout
May 08 Kids love those fidget spinner toys. But are they too much of a distraction? PDF Handout
May 01 The Rise and Decline of the Separate System of Prison Discipline (English I Honors) PDF Handout
May 01 U.S. spy agency abandons controversial surveillance technique (English 8) PDF Handout
April 24 Yom HaShoah 2017: Remembering those killed in the Nazi Holocaust PDF Handout
April 18 How to Get Rid of Space Trash PDF Handout
April 03 Almost half of the students at PA high school given suspension notices PDF Handout
March 27 Lockheed Martin facility in Greenville ‘ideal’ for F-16 shift PDF Handout
March 20 U.S. Soldiers Must Battle On—Without Burger King PDF Handout
March 13 Trump Budget Expected to Seek Historic Contraction of Federal Workforce PDF Handout
March 06 UTA Professor Invents Breath Monitor To Detect Flu PDF Handout
February 27 The best picture twist ending was embarrassing for the academy but may be good for the Oscars PDF Handout
February 21 Belarussian “Social Parasite” Law PDF Handout
February 13 Saudi prince buys his 80 falcons a plane seat apiece (English 8) PDF Handout
February 13 British-Punjabi film blames Churchill for Partition (English 1) PDF Handout
February 06 Dino Battles PDF Handout
January 30 Fredrick Douglass’s Fourth of July Speech PDF Handout
January 23 NASA study in Hawaii paving way for human travel to Mars PDF Handout
January 09 Spending more on coffee than investing? You’re not alone PDF Handout
January 02 Forget a New Year’s resolution — ‘The 4-Hour Workweek’ author Tim Ferriss explains the right way to set goals PDF Handout
December 12 Polish Christmas Wafer: A Flavorless Tradition That’s Oh So Sweet PDF Handout
December 05 Bill of Rights (for Social Studies) PDF Handout
November 28 Cuban exiles pour onto Miami streets to celebrate Fidel Castro’s death PDF Handout
November 21 Shapes in the Sand PDF Handout
November 14 Four Americans Killed in Unprecedented Suicide Attack at U.S. Base PDF Handout
November 07 Social Control in Victorian England (English I Honors) PDF Handout
November 07 The Science Behind Daylight Savings Time (English 8) PDF Handout
October 31 Speed of Light Not so Constant After All PDF Handout
October 24 Olympic Skater Scott Hamilton Facing Third Brain Tumor Diagnosis PDF Handout
October 17 Ebola PDF Handout
October 10 A Sentence PDF Handout
October 3 Mathematician PDF Handout
September 26 Arnold Palmer dies at 87 of complications from heart problems PDF Handout
September 19 She’s an App Builder PDF Handout
September 12 The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano PDF Handout
September 06 A Highway for Jaguars PDF Handout
August 22 They were strangers at the starting line. PDF Handout

Articles for the 2015-2016 School Year

This was the first year I implemented this assignment, and I began only in the second semester, which is why there are fewer articles.

Date Article Access
January 4 Former Auschwitz guard who was on duty when Anne Frank arrived in 1944 is deemed fit enough to face charges of murdering 3,681 people PDF Handout
Online original version
January 11 Anne Frank Fund threatens legal action over plans to publish her diary online PDF Handout
January 19 As Germany Welcomes Migrants, Sexual Attacks in Cologne Point to a New Reality PDF Handout
Online original version
February 1 United States eases trade restrictions with Cuba PDF Handout
Original online version
February 8 Afghanistan’s Romeo and Juliet PDF Handout
Original online version
February 15 2016 Slam Dunk Contest preview: Can Zach LaVine repeat? PDF Handout
Original online version
February 22 Apple refuses to unlock phone of San Bernardino terrorist PDF Handout
Original online version
February 29 U.S. test-fires ICBMs to stress its power to Russia, North Korea PDF Handout
Original online version
March 7 After a year in space, Scott Kelly returns 2 inches taller PDF Handout
Original online version
March 14 Portrait of a 6-year-old artist with autism and her therapy cat PDF Handout
March 21 Belgium: Europe’s front line in the war on terror PDF Handout
April 04 Wave of Suicide Attacks Kill at Least 29 People Across Iraq PDF Handout
April 11 Brussels bombers had planned to attack France again: prosecutors PDF Handout
April 18 Kobe Bryant’s finale is well done: 60 points and a Lakers win PDF Handout
Original Online Version
April 25 Prince songs set to dominate charts PDF Handout
May 02 Why SpaceX’s New Mission is the Gateway to Colonizing Mars PDF Handout
May 09 N. Korean leader gets new title; 3 BBC journalists get boot PDF Handout
May 16 Philippine President-Elect Rodrigo Duterte to Crack Down on Smoking, Drinking, Staying Up Late PDF Handout