Critical Reading / Response
Article of the Week

This is the rubric that will be used to grade all of your Article of the Week Assignments

For further explanation of the expectations for this assignment please use this resource: Essay Writing


Week of: Sept 26th

DUE: Oct 1st

Read the following article:

JCPenney pulls 'I'm too pretty to do homework' shirt

After reading the article, respond to the article in 3-4 paragraphs on your blog.
Title your post: AOW- JCPenny Pulls Shirts

You can use these questions to guide what you write:

1. Should J.C. Penney have acted differently? Why or why not, and if so, how?
2. What message do you think the t-shirt designers intended to send?
3. What message do you think the t-shirt did send?
4. Do you find the t-shirt offensive?
5. Can you think of other t-shirts that offend you? What has been your response to those t-shirts?



Article of the Week

Week of: Oct 3rd

DUE: Oct 6th

Read the following article:


After reading the article, respond to the article in 3-4 paragraphs on your blog.
Title your post: AOW- Cisco

You can use these questions to guide what you write:

1. “It’s not my job to really understand what they’re going to use it for.” If that’s the case, is there any limit to the products he would sell to China’s government?

2. “[C]ivil libertarians raise concerns including in the U.S. that the technology can invade privacy and is poorly regulated.” Are there any technologies that companies should avoid selling to the U.S. government?

3. Intergraph’s spokesman noted “that the company’s software is also used for environmental and other projects in China.” Does helping the environment make up for political repression? Why does the spokesman expect his audience to like environmental projects more than other legitimate uses of Integraph’s product?

4. Intergraph’s spokesman said that “it is the responsibility of the buyers ‘to meet and adhere to laws and policies’ of their jurisdictions.” Does the Chinese government adhere to the policies of its jurisdiction? If so, does that mean they are using the product responsibly?

5. “Ultimately, Intergraph has ‘to manage the risk against the gain.’” What gains is Intergraph measuring? What risks is it considering? How can it weigh the costs and benefits of use of its technology?

6. Why does Intergraph believe it needs to weigh the costs and benefits if it is “just the technology platform” and buyers are responsible for the use of the product?



Article of the Week

Week of: Oct 10th

DUE: Oct 13th


Select one of the following articles to read:

Astronaut Inspires Inner-City Teens
Honor Flights for WWII Veterans
Translating Education into Safety
Reliable Transportation for Needy
Random Acts of Kindness
            • BE CAREFUL TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE. THERE ARE MULTIPLE PAGES OF TEXT ON THIS WEBSITE - BE SURE TO CLICK THE PAGE NUMBER AT THE BOTTOM TO GO TO THE NEXT PAGE.


After reading the article, respond to the article in 3-4 paragraphs on your blog. - You can choose to write about whatever you like, but if you would like a kick start you may want to write about heroism. Is the person you read about a hero? Why or why not?
Title your post: AOW- Hometown Heroes


Article of the Week

Week of: Oct 17th

DUE: Oct 20th


Select one of the following articles to read (a different one than the one you read last week):

Astronaut Inspires Inner-City Teens

Honor Flights for WWII Veterans
Translating Education into Safety
Reliable Transportation for Needy
Random Acts of Kindness
            • BE CAREFUL TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE. THERE ARE MULTIPLE PAGES OF TEXT ON THIS WEBSITE - BE SURE TO CLICK THE PAGE NUMBER AT THE BOTTOM TO GO TO THE NEXT PAGE.



After reading the article, respond to the article in 3-4 paragraphs on your blog. - You can choose to write about whatever you like, but if you would like a kick start you may want to write about heroism. Is the person you read about a hero? Why or why not?

Title your post: AOW- Hometown Heroes #2



Week of: Oct 24th

DUE: Oct 28th

Watch the following video:

How water bottles create cheap lighting in Philippines


After watching the video, respond to the video in 3-4 paragraphs on your blog.
Title your post: AOW: Litre of Light



Week of: Oct 31st

DUE: Nov 4th

Read the following Article. I caution you. It is a challenging read, but has some interesting information.

Why Do Some People Learn Faster


After reading the article, respond to the article in 3-4 paragraphs on your blog.
Title your post: AOW: The Speed of Learning

3rd Six Weeks

This is the rubric that will be used to grade all of your Article of the Week Assignments


Week of: Nov 14th

DUE: Nov 17th

Read the following article:

Gratitude Makes us Healthier

After reading the article, respond to the article in 3-4 paragraphs on your blog.
Title your post: AOW- Gratitude Makes us Healthier


Week of: Nov 28th

DUE: Dec 2nd

Read the following article:

Keyboard Shortcuts for the iPad

After reading the article, respond to the article in 3-4 paragraphs on your blog.
Title your post: AOW- iPad Shortcuts

You can use these questions to guide what you write:
1. What might be the benefits of using these shortcuts?
2. What is one shortcut that you didn't know about, but think is interesting?
3. Give one suggestion on a shortcut you would like to see. Explain why it would be beneficial.

Week of: Dec 5th

DUE: Dec 9th

Read the following article:

Five Distructive Myths Most Companies Still Live By

After reading the article, respond to the article in 3-4 paragraphs on your blog.
Title your post: AOW- Destructive Myths to Live By

You can use these questions to guide what you write:
1. Do you believe that the assertions made in this article are correct?
2. Do you feel schools / teachers still live by these myths?
3. What should schools do to ensure that they are not living by these myths?


Week of: Dec 12th


DUE: Dec 16th


Read ONE article on the following blog:


Time Management Ninja



After reading the article, respond to the article in 3-4 paragraphs on your blog. Explain why you chose the article you did, what you found interesting, and how you should apply it to your own life.

Title your post: AOW- Time Management Ninja


Week of: Jan 2nd


DUE: Jan 6th


Read the article on the following blog:


Cyber Security

After reading the article, respond to the article in 3-4 paragraphs on your blog. Explain why you chose the article you did, what you found interesting, and how you should apply it to your own life.

Title your post: AOW- Cyber Security



4th Six Weeks

This is the rubric that will be used to grade all of your Article of the Week Assignments



Week of: Jan 16th

DUE: Jan 19th


Read the article on the following blog:


When is Sharing Stealing

After reading the article, respond to the article in 3-4 well developed paragraphs on your blog. Explain why you chose the article you did, what you found interesting, and how you should apply it to your own life.

Title your post: AOW- When is Sharing Stealing

Don't Know What to Write About? -- Try starting with one of these sentence starters, finish the sentence, and then explain your thoughts with an example that supports or further explains your statement.
I think... I wonder... I know... I predict... I find... I suspect... I admire... I like... I don’t like... I feel... I was surprised... I was impressed by... I noticed that ...




Week of: Jan 23rd

DUE: Jan 26th


Read the article on the following blog:


Writing Tips from Sponge Bob

After reading the article, respond to the article in 3-4 well developed paragraphs on your blog. Explain why you chose the article you did, what you found interesting, and how you should apply it to your own life.

Title your post: AOW- Writing Tips from Sponge Bob

Don't Know What to Write About? -- Try starting with one of these sentence starters, finish the sentence, and then explain your thoughts with an example that supports or further explains your statement.
I think... I wonder... I know... I predict... I find... I suspect... I admire... I like... I don’t like... I feel... I was surprised... I was impressed by... I noticed that ...



Week of: Jan 30th

DUE: Feb 2nd


Read the article on the following blog:


Does Talent Matter

After reading the article, respond to the article in 3-4 well developed paragraphs on your blog. What is more important talent or practice? Explain your reasoning and how you should apply it to your own life.

Title your post: AOW- Does Talent Matter

Be sure to:
- Clearly state your controlling idea
- Organize and develop your explanation effectively
- Choose your words carefully
- Use correct spelling, capitalization, punctuation, grammar and sentences






Week of: Feb 6th

DUE: Feb 10th


Read the article on the following blog:


The Keurig Question

After reading the article, respond to the article in 3-4 well developed paragraphs on your blog. What is more important recycling or
convenience? Explain your thoughts on the role a cooperation should play in creating recyclable products.

Title your post: AOW- The Keurig Question

Be sure to:
- Clearly state your controlling idea
- Organize and develop your explanation effectively
- Choose your words carefully
- Use correct spelling, capitalization, punctuation, grammar and sentences


Week of: Feb 13th

DUE: Feb 17th


Read the article on the following blog:


Kenyan Orphanage Attacked

After reading the article, respond to the article in 3-4 well developed paragraphs on your blog. How can one person make a difference when encountering a social challenge?

Title your post: AOW- Orphanage in Kenya

Be sure to:
- Clearly state your controlling idea
- Organize and develop your explanation effectively
- Choose your words carefully
- Use correct spelling, capitalization, punctuation, grammar and sentences

Week of: Feb 27th

DUE: March 2nd


Read the article on the following blog:


How Much Practice is too Much?

After reading the article, respond to the article in 4 well developed paragraphs on your blog explaining the importance of practice in developing a skill.

Title your post: AOW- Too Much Practice?

Be sure to:
- Clearly state your controlling idea
- Organize and develop your explanation effectively
- Choose your words carefully
- Use correct spelling, capitalization, punctuation, grammar and sentences

Week of: March 5th

DUE: March 9th


Read the article on the following blog:


Effects of Texting

After reading the article, respond to the article in 4 well developed paragraphs on your blog explaining effects texting has on our everyday life.

Title your post: AOW- Effects of Texting

Be sure to:
- Clearly state your controlling idea
- Organize and develop your explanation effectively
- Choose your words carefully
- Use correct spelling, capitalization, punctuation, grammar and sentences

Week of: March 19th

DUE: March 23rd


Read the article on the following blog:


Textbooks Becoming Dust

After reading the article, respond to the article in 4 well developed paragraphs on your blog explaining whether smart devices have helped or hurt literacy.

Title your post: AOW- Textbooks Becoming Dust

Be sure to:
- Clearly state your controlling idea
- Organize and develop your explanation effectively
- Choose your words carefully
- Use correct spelling, capitalization, punctuation, grammar and sentences


Week of: April 2nd

DUE: April 6th


Read the article on the following blog:


Environmental Awareness

After reading the article, respond to the article in 4 well developed paragraphs on your blog explaining whether you agree or disagree that school aged children are less environmentally aware than older generations.

Title your post: AOW- Environmental Awareness

Be sure to:
- Clearly state your controlling idea
- Organize and develop your explanation effectively
- Choose your words carefully
- Use correct spelling, capitalization, punctuation, grammar and sentences

6th Six Weeks

Week of: April 23rd

DUE: April 27th


Read the article on the following blog:


Anti-Bullying

After reading the article, respond to the article in 4 well developed paragraphs on your blog explaining whether you agree or disagree that public education is vital in helping to prevent bullying.

Title your post: AOW- Anti-Bullying

Be sure to:
- Clearly state your controlling idea
- Organize and develop your explanation effectively
- Choose your words carefully
- Use correct spelling, capitalization, punctuation, grammar and sentences

Week of: April 30th

DUE: May 4th


Read the article on the following blog:


KFC Lawsuit

After reading the article, respond to the article in 4 well developed paragraphs on your blog explaining your thoughts about the responsibilities of fast food restaurants.

Title your post: AOW- KFC Lawsuit

Be sure to:
- Clearly state your controlling idea
- Organize and develop your explanation effectively
- Choose your words carefully
- Use correct spelling, capitalization, punctuation, grammar and sentences


Week of: May 7th

DUE: May 11th


Read the article on the following blog:


Student Suspension

After reading the article, respond to the article in 4 well developed paragraphs on your blog explaining your thoughts about whether or not the school went to far.

Title your post: AOW- Student Suspension

Be sure to:
- Clearly state your controlling idea
- Organize and develop your explanation effectively
- Choose your words carefully
- Use correct spelling, capitalization, punctuation, grammar and sentences