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Working with Newspapers

Jeanne Rogers Posted by Jeanne Rogers in Community Hub on Sep 12, 2013 11:43:10 AM

National Newspaper Week is October 6-12, 2013.  Teachers everywhere continue to make use of the newspaper as a resource in their classrooms.  Numerous educational activity books have been written involving the newspaper and many companies contribute to the Newspaper in Education program.  A phone call to the paper in your area will alert you to the day of the week free copies may be delivered.  Those classrooms that are networked can reach state and international newspapers. What a wonderful online resource!


While teaching a sixth grade Critical Thinking class at Seven Springs Middle School New Port Richey, FL, students completed a project called "Cruising the News."  One useful site for this activity is Newspapers US and Worldwide.



Collaborative groups of students were assigned the task of selecting a newspaper from a specific state.  Students were then instructed to locate the local weather high and low for that region.  They were also asked to list the three main news article topics of the day.  Students were to select one and read the online article and write a topic sentence.  Class discussion followed and students were asked to compare and contrast information found.


Possibilities are endless using the newspaper and activities may be used in class, as homework, or as extra credit activities. Here are a few suggestions:

  • National Newspaper Week is October 6-12, 2013, and resources are available; check the website beginning September 16.
  • On the Wonderopolis website, Wonder #560 is Why are they called deadlines?
  • Use ReadWriteThink’sInteractive printing press and have students create and publish a newspaper or brochure.
  • A lesson from ReadWriteThink, Letters to the Editor, focuses on persuasive writing.
  • Evaluating eyewitness reports is a lesson from EDSITEment.
  • Current Events  Find articles that relate to an area of study.  Have students clip articles from the newspaper and then--   
    • a.     Rewrite the article in their own words.
    • b.     Pick out the who, what, when, where, why, and how of the article.
    • c.     Summarize the article.
    • d.     Read orally to an audience or tape reading and listen to playback.        
    • e.     Write three questions the article makes you wonder about and seek answers to those questions.       
    • f.      Make a scrapbook of articles for the year of study.
  • Classified Ads        
    • a.     Find a table and chair set and record all pertinent information.        
    • b.     Search for a 2001 vehicle and state all sale information.        
    • c.     Search for a lost dog or cat ad.  What information is given?        
    • d.     Search for a musical instrument and state all pertinent information.        
    • e.     Search for a three bedroom home with a pool.  What other information is provided?
  • Food Section
    • a.     Rewrite a selected recipe in a larger quantity-double it, triple it, etc.        
    • b.     Make the family grocery list include prices of food items listed in ads.        
    • c.     Compare prices of food items from three stores using the weekly food ad.        
    • d.     Discuss the differences among quality of brand names.
  • Advertisements       
    • a.     Select three ads and redesign them.        
    • b.     Find an advertisement for an eye doctor.  What information is included?        
    • c.     Find an advertisement for a local restaurant.  What are their hours?  Any dinner specials listed?  What is the price range of entrees?      
    • d.     Use the newspaper clothing ads. Go on a shopping spree.  Find total cost.  Remember sales tax.
  • Comics       
    • a.     Find comics that have a school theme.        
    • b.     Make up your own comic strip. Use Comic Creator from ReadWriteThink.        
    • c.     What social problems are addressed through comics?
  • Search                          
    • Look for graphs in the newspaper.  Write a summary of the information depicted.

Share your thoughts in the following Community discussions:
Have you found a good source for creating and editing a paper?

What are the best sites to publish a school newspaper?
How do you use America's Historic Newspapers with your students?

JR_CC.jpg  Jeanne Rogers is a former instructional technology specialist and classroom teacher. She is a Florida Master Digital Educator, Google Certified Teacher, and a Thinkfinity Community Host.


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