Surviving the Weekly
OutWIT, Outplay, Outlast
Central Middle School
A teacher’s philosophy
“We need to teach our students to read like
writers and write like readers.” -Kelly
What is the WIT? What does it look like?
The Weekly Informational Text
Questions aligned with CCSS
Effective writing skills
Rubric for revision
Steps to completing a WIT:
1. READ the article in it’s entirety
2. ANSWER in complete sentences (restate,
3. PROVE it: Underline and number textual
4. STATE TE using quotation marks (don’t
5. CHECK off the rubric
Benefits of the WIT
Connects to reading and other assignments
Allows thematic teaching
Suitable for all content areas
Differentiation, reflection, revision
Text: “Ribbons” by Lawrence Yep
Why not design a WIT about...
potential to kinetic energy in
(7th gr. Science)
the food customs of
Greece? (6th gr. SS)
an opinion piece about
Math in real life?
the evolution of women’s
roles in society?
the tribulations of a past
composer or popular
the “no pass, no play” rule?
WIT in Health/PE
Compliments of Jacob Harrell: email@example.com
Great minds think alike!
The Article of the Week
by Kelly Gallagher
Students must build their prior knowledge
to succeed when reading
30-45 articles a year
“It is not enough to simply teach
my students to recognize themes in
a given novel; if my students are to become
literate, they must broaden their reading
experiences into real-world text.”
Development and implementation
The WIT takes practice
Teachers = development
Students = mastery
WEEKLY Informational Text
Choose one day a week to give the WIT
Use your resources
Taking it a step further...
Britannica School: WIT Leveled Passages
Another active approach inspired
from "Article of the Week"
Use these stems to write your WIT questions!
Common Core Question Stems, 6th Grade
Common Core Question Stems, 7th Grade
Common Core Question Stems, 8th Grade
From our students to you
“The WIT helps me by understanding how to word [my answers] and restate.” -Javier
“The WIT helped me get focused on stories and to go back and reread every
sentence.” -Rayvon (Inclusion)
“The WIT has helped me because I have learned some new words. I have read better
because of it. It has taught me to do better on the Mock EOG. This is how it has
helped me.” -Haven
“What I like about the WIT is that it helps with my reading and writing.” -Donald
“The WIT has helped me be a better writer and make sure that I have done everything I
am supposed to do.” -Imani
“It has fun facts and new info each week.” -Madison (Honors)
“The WIT helps me show how to find textual evidence for the answer so you don’t take it
for plagiarism. That’s how the WIT has helped me.”
“I personally really do like the WIT. (Besides the fact it is work.) It has improved my
English skills. It taught me about giving credit to the author, providing textual evidence,
having quotations, page numbers, restating my questions, making complete sentences,
etc. I also learned to use my context clues to help me answer the questions.” -Jetta
THANK YOU for coming today!
Amanda Hobbs HobbsAK@gatescountyschools.net
Krystle Williams WilliamsKW@gatescountyschools.net