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Dive into journalism with your high schoolers! The resources provided here will help your learners write unbiased, clear, and succinct newspaper articles. First they spend time sifting through stacks of articles, filling out a graphic organizer as they go, and then they get the opportunity to try the writing themselves! Resources are included!
As as summative assessment for this unit on colonial trade, fourth graders listen to and read informational texts in order to demonstrate their ability to take notes, write summaries, and draw connections. Young scholars first listen as the teacher reads aloud a text about a New York merchant, taking categorized notes on the information they hear. Next, students independently read a piece of writing about shipbuilders, once again taking notes using the provided graphic organizer. Finally, they use their notes to answer multiple choice questions, write a summary about shipbuilders, and write a paragraph describing the interdependence of these two trades. The lesson provides a complete assessment of the listening, reading, and writing skills developed by pupils during the course of this research-based unit.
A great idea for a fun homework assignment! The class fully and critically analyzes Daniel Sprick's painting, Your Plans. They then generate questions to ask the artist as they attend a mock press conference. They pretend to ask the artist questions about his art, write down the answers, and then use them to write a newspaper article at home.
Reading Island of the Blue Dolphins with your class? This reading guide, though not a complete lesson or curriculum, will provide you with all the information you need to develop an excellent literature unit for this award winning book. Starting with background information about Scott O'Dell and his writing of the story, this guide moves on to provide a plot summary, character and setting descriptions, key vocabulary, important themes, and chapter related guiding questions. Also included are potential writing topics and extension activities, making this a complete resource for teaching this story. Consider reading this historical fiction novel as the class is learning about Native American cultures to allow for interdisciplinary connections.
Prejudice? Religious intolerance? Political sedition? Class distinction? Plight of women? Voltaire satire, anyone? A literary newspaper offers an opportunity for readers of Candide to make text-to-self and text-to-world connections as they analyze themes in the novella and connect them to current events. Complete directions for crafting the paper are included.
Students explore the concept of community helpers. In this community helper lesson, students brainstorm the community helpers in their neighborhood after reading a book about jobs in the community. Students then host a community helper day in which parents/volunteers from the community come in to share what they do and why their job is important.
Pink and Say, a picture book by Patricia Polacco, and an anticipation guide, set the stage for a reading of Mississippi Trial, 1955, Chris Crowe's novel based on the true story of the murder of Emmett Till. Instructional routines, the anticipation guide, and fishbowl discussion questions are included in the richly-detailed plan.
Create poems without writing! Young poets create poems using words cut from newspapers, read their poems aloud, and compile them in a book. This instructional activity allows the teacher to view each learner's creative process and assess their current command of the English language. Also, for older learners, consider giving them more exact guidelines. For example, you could limit the amount of words they can use, and challenge them to only use written phrases three words or longer.
Middle schoolers read and search through newspapers to become familiar with newspaper layouts. In this journalism lesson, students are introduced to the sections of a newspaper. They use dictionaries to define newly introduced newspaper vocabulary terms. Middle schoolers also complete a newspaper worksheet in which they analyze the contents of a particular day's newspaper.
Learners write newspapers after reading Louis Sachar's Holes. In this literature response lesson plan, students learn how to write a newspaper article covering the 5W's and H. Learners create one Banner article to summarize the book. Then, they research online about a desert animal for another article in their newspaper. Other articles students write include vocabulary lists and trivia/quizzes.
Are you working on a journalism or newspaper unit? Use this newspaper lesson to help middle and high schoolers locate journalistic questions, action verbs, main ideas, and important ideas of a newspaper article. They write an article of their own about something happening in their classroom or school. The lesson would be a good way to reinforce grammar skills as well.
Add some writing to your class's reading of Cold Sassy Tree! With this plan, readers assume the role of journalist and create a segment of a paper with their peers. Suggested segments are included, and a worksheet dividing the text into four sections is also provided. Begin this activity in the beginning of the novel, and each member of your class will create four written pieces!
Bring this non-fiction text into your eleventh and twelfth grade classrooms. Your high schoolers will read the long passage provided, and use the information to complete eight multiple-choice questions. The answer sheet details where one can locate the answers in the text.
A series of well-written activities, these lessons prompt middle schoolers reading below grade level (at a second, third, or fourth grade level) to use poetry to practice basic reading skills. They rhyme, build words, make inferences, and practice phonics skills. There are three activities total and an extensive rational/context commentary. The lesson is appropriate for older grades as well.