Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Reading Comprehension Assignment: "Two Schools in Afghanistan, One Complicated Situation"


Educators:
You will need copies of the following article:
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/24/weekinreview/24mortenson.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=two%20schools%20in%20afghanistan&st=cse
Post-its (3 per student)
Highlighters (1 for each student)

Read (popcorn reading)and highlight in class:
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/24/weekinreview/24mortenson.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=two%20schools%20in%20afghanistan&st=cse

Create three questions from the article. Write each question on a separate post-it. Questions should be "Who, " "What," "When," "Where," "Why," or "How" questions. I will select questions from student created questions and teacher-created questions for an end-of-the-week quiz on all three news articles.


Examples from "Two Schools in Afghanistan, One Complicated Situation" teacher created questions:

What controversy is described in the article?
Who is at the center of the controversy?
Why is this a controversy?
When was the school in Bozai Gumbaz completed?
Where are most of Mortenson's schools located (List two countries)?
How could Mortenson be better assured his schools would be used?

Note to students:
If you don't know what a word means, use one of these resources to help you:
http://www.visuwords.com/

http://www.wordsift.com/visualize

http://www.visualthesaurus.com/

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