Article of the Week Theme: Typhoon Haiyan

Posted November 18, 2013 under Article of the Week, Common Core

There was no calm after the storm this week as Typhoon Haiyan claimed thousands of lives and leveled entire regions of the country, while internal and external organizations faced significant struggles in their efforts to deliver much-needed relief aid to the victims.

This week’s articles have embedded suggested discussion questions to encourage students to consider the natural sources and human impacts of this colossal storm. To this end, we have included both background articles and videos to help educate students on the origins of hurricanes, cyclones, and typhoons.

One new and exciting feature included in this week’s articles is a primary source image analysis activity using the image you see below. In this suggested activity, students describe what they see, and then reference their observations to make inferences and generate questions based on the image.

For article titles and instructions on how to access these resources in Subtext, see below:


Grades 4-5: “Philippines hit by gigantic storm called Typhoon Haiyan”, “What is a typhoon and how do they cause so much damage?”

Grades 6-8: “In Philippines, typhoon survivors desperate for food; aid workers say progress is slow”

Grades 9-10: “Devastated Typhoon Haiyan Victims Reach Out For Aid”

Grades 11-12: “Philippine typhoon Haiyan devastation hinders relief effort”

* See the article entitled “The only difference between a hurricane, a cyclone, and a typhoon is the location where the storm occurs” for the geographic differences between the three storms and super-fun quiz questions


To access these articles, simply join the Article of the Week teacher group, where you can get weekly articles and discussion questions and assignments for each article.

It’s easy; click here for a handy tutorial.

Each week, Articles of the Week will be refreshed, so be sure to look at our archives and check this blog for a steady stream of high-quality content to enhance your instruction!




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