Use DOGO News when assigning current-events work to your younger elementary school students. The site is updated regularly, so articles can be assigned on a weekly basis. With some extra prep, you can individually select articles for students or gear articles toward an average reading level. In either case, you'll want to create some tiered comprehension questions -- the site's ready-made questions can serve as a great base, and they'll be a big help.
Articles can also easily be used for group work such as a collaborative research project. You and your students could search and select articles relating to a variety of topics. Use the basic classroom-management system to assign articles and create an assignment calendar. Do note, however, that answer keys aren't provided, so you can't track scores or store assessments on the site. Instead, you'll need to figure out your own way to do this.Continue reading Show less
DOGO News is an online resource for current events, nonfiction articles, and interactive maps culled and written with grade 3-8 students in mind, but it would most likely be great with upper elementary or sixth-grade students. New features include DOGO Books and DOGO Movies, review pages written for and by kids. With large, eye-catching fonts and an overall design that's simple and digestible, the site encourages independence.
Kids can browse or search for short, punchy articles full of photos and other interactive content, including links for vocabulary terms and quick videos. Kids can filter search results by grade level, or they can search categories such as Science, Sports, Green, or Entertainment. The site also includes an option for teachers to create class lists and calendars, assign articles, store lesson plans, and monitor students’ comments on articles. The lessons can be shared to Google Classroom or to a class Dogo page.
DOGO News articles are relevant and accompanied by questions that mostly tap into basic reading comprehension, though they sometimes pose evaluative and inferential questions. Most articles include links to key vocabulary and an open-ended "critical thinking challenge." Most are directly aligned with Common Core State Standards, and each article links to a list of activities that connect closely with them.
While there's an option to search by grade cluster (K-2, 3-5, 6-8), it seems as if many articles may be assigned somewhat broadly for grades 3-8, which could muddle kids' search results. Teachers should preview articles to determine whether they're at the right level. Will the topic and tone challenge advanced readers and older students? Will developing readers be able to comprehend what the articles are about? The frequency of upper-level comprehension questions varies. Teachers may want to craft additional questions or invite students to create their own.
Key Standards Supported
Reading Informational Text
Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area.
Use text features and search tools (e.g., key words, sidebars, hyperlinks) to locate information relevant to a given topic efficiently.
Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g., where, when, why, and how key events occur).
Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 2–3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.
Compare and contrast the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in two or more texts.
Draw on information from multiple print or digital sources, demonstrating the ability to locate an answer to a question quickly or to solve a problem efficiently.
Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 4–5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.