Close Reading Current Events Organizer: I use this in my middle school science classes to teach disciplinary literacy skills and close reading of expository text. This same form could be adapted to social studies or math articles as well. This includes the student organizer and a brief lesson plan explaining how I teach with it/use it. I teach annotations of articles along with this as well. It is a great way to help students understand an author's central idea, a focus of the CCSS.