Rising Grade Level
DIRECTIONS FOR EACH RISING GRADE LEVEL:
- Locate your September 2020 grade level below.
- Join the NewsELA Classroom for your upcoming grade level.
- Read all NewsELA articles that are assigned to your grade level.
- Complete all the assignments/quizzes that are in NewsELA for each article.
- Lastly, create a Google Doc to keep track of your project so it can be shared with your classroom teacher in September for a grade. The project is listed below for each grade level. (Do not save this project in NewsELA)
Everyday Mysteries: The Curious Kids Reading Club:
- Everyday Mysteries: The purr of a cat
- Everyday Mysteries: Why do we yawn?
- Everyday Mysteries: Why do parrots have the ability to mimic?
- Everyday Mysteries: How spiders avoid getting tangled in their webs
- Everyday Mysteries: Why songs get stuck in our heads
- Everyday Mysteries: Skipping stones across the water
- Everyday Mysteries: What is static electricity?
- Everyday Mysteries: What is our strongest muscle?
- Big Questions: Why is Earth rotating?
Complete the writing assignments that go with the 9 chosen articles from this text set.
Using these articles as inspiration, find an everyday mystery of your own. It could be anything, from how do those buttons at the crosswalk work to why teenagers struggle in the morning. Do some research on your everyday mystery using the internet, and create a poster explaining your answer to that mystery to share with your classmates in September.
Be The Light: A Reading Club for the Helpers of the World:
- Essay: Why we still drop a card
- Gen Z teens find acceptance online
- Will the #trashtag challenge get teens offline and cleaning up the planet?
- Teenagers get a crash course in food-justice issues at community classes
- Baker's cookies feature messages promoting diversity, social justice
- He held crying classmate's hand on first day of school; it went viral
- Opinion: Fred Rogers might not recognize his neighborhood today
- A breast cancer support campaign shows the power of letters
- Study: Sending a thank-you note has more impact than you think
- Students read and complete the writing assignments that go with the 9 chosen articles from this text set.
- Using these articles for inspiration, engage in at least 6 random acts of kindness throughout the summer. This could be a thank you card for someone who deserves it, a positive comment on social media, or something else entirely. Write a one paragraph journal entry for each random act of kindness you do, describing what was done, for whom, and why you chose this act.
Film and TV Reading Club:
- Muslim baker finds huge fan base while sweeping British TV show contest
- After Standing Rock, Native American films garner mainstream attention
- Asian-American actors talk about Hollywood's barriers
- "Sesame Street" introduces its first homeless character
- "The Casagrandes" extols Mexican-American life via animation
- Fighting Hollywood’s gender inequality with hard data from movie scripts
- Stroker's Tony Award win is groundbreaking for actors who use wheelchairs
- Movie inspired by plush toys delivers a beautiful message
- Spider-Man is back on screen, but this time he's black and Latino
Students read and complete the writing assignments that go with 9 chosen articles from this text set.
Using Google Slides, create a pitch for a television show for Netflix that is appropriately multicultural and includes respectful and equitable representation of multiple subgroups, including those based on race, gender, and disabilities.
Be sure to include the premise, the cast of characters, a sample of what an episode might be like, and some actors you think would be good in your show (and an explanation as to why). Use images to help communicate your pitch.
Future Presidents Only: Election 2020 Reading Club:
- Talking politics: Elected officials connect with constituents on social media
- The job of the president
- Taylor Swift makes her first political endorsement in support of Democrat
- Opinion: Explaining the ins and outs of the U.S. Electoral College
- What's in a name? When you're running for president, a lot
- Meet the Candidates: President Donald Trump
- Meet the Candidates: Bernie Sanders
- Meet the Candidates: Joe Biden
Students read and complete the writing assignments that go with the 8 chosen articles from this text set.
Project Part 1: Create a "Help Wanted" ad for your ideal president. Describe not only the tasks they will need to be able to do, but also the qualities you would want them to have. Rather than focusing on someone who exists, imagine what the best possible person for the job would be like.
Project Part 2: Nominate someone you know! Once you have a solid description, think of a person in your life who matches it. Add a response that explains your reasoning for why this person would make a great choice.