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Students share opinions about the factors that influence their newspaper-reading decisions. They study the News Corporation's purchase of Dow Jones & Company by reading and discussing the article "Dow Jones Deal Gives Murdoch a Coveted Prize."
Young scholars look through a newspaper, read stories, identify spelling words, spend fake money on the ads, and more. In this newspaper lesson plan, students also design a masthead for their newspaper.
In this verbs instructional activity, students read 15 sentences and fill in each blank with the correct form of the verb found in brackets at the end of each sentence.
Fifth graders study different types of text found in a newspapers. They examine examples of specific items found in a newspaper and read charts and graphs found in newspapers. They read a variety of texts and choose to read newspapers for pleasure during library visits.
In this journalism worksheet, students read and analyze an article about newspapers and complete a variety of activities along with answering twenty four comprehension questions.
In this reading comprehension activity, students read an article about 19th century American presidents. They answer ten multiple choice questions about the article. Each question asks students to identify one of four presidents; Van Buren, Harrison, Polk, or Fillmore.
Learners read and search through newspapers to become familiar with newspaper layouts. For this journalism lesson, students are introduced to the sections of a newspaper. They use dictionaries to define newly introduced newspaper vocabulary terms. Learners also complete a newspaper worksheet in which they analyze the contents of a particular day's newspaper.
Students read articles related to local, state, national, and world events using word maps.
Students locate items to read in a newspaper using the index. They participate in a newspaper scavenger hunt using the index and then complete a homework assignment.
Fourth graders brainstorm a list of the kinds of information found in newspapers, present examples, and state how reading a newspaper is useful to them and people they know.
Learners examine the use of a newspaper index. In this newspaper index lesson, students review the use of an index in books before applying the knowledge to finding items in a newspaper. They work with a partner to find the answers to a newspaper scavenger hunt.
Middle schoolers read a newspaper, locate examples of factual and opinion-oriented information, and recognize the appropriate uses of each. They create a letter to the editor expressing his opinion about a predetermined issue related to school.
As a 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.    
Create poems without writing! Young poets create poems using words cut from newspapers, read their poems aloud, and compile them in a book. This lesson 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. 
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.
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! 
Explore connections within and between informational texts with this lesson plan about encyclopedia articles. Middle schoolers write encyclopedia articles focusing on topics in American history. They discuss how to determine credibility online, practice fact checking, assess their own ability to read actively and skeptically, and write memos that educate others on how to do so. This resource provides vocabulary, assessment options, extensions, and 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.
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.
Students discuss newspapers and water and work in groups to develop their own paper focusing on water issues. In this journalism instructional activity, students discuss the value of newspapers and water as an issue. They work as a group to develop a paper about a water issue, such as water rights, pollution, or conservation.

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