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Students 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.
Learners 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."
Students explore the parts of a newspaper. In this journalism lesson, students read news articles and identify the 5 W's. Students work in small groups to publish a school newspaper article.
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 plan provides a complete assessment of the listening, reading, and writing skills developed by pupils during the course of this research-based unit.    
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.
Reading Island of the Blue Dolphins with your class? This reading guide, though not a complete lesson plan 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.
Learners read articles related to local, state, national, and world events using word maps.
Students 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. Students also complete a newspaper worksheet in which they analyze the contents of a particular day's newspaper.
Young scholars 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.
Students 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.
Students 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.
Explore connections within and between informational texts with this lesson 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.
Learning to read is not a simple task, but there are methods for assisting pupils as they develop literacy skills. The first four pages of this resource include information about language development and reading development, as well as various strategies with a focus on English language learners. After the information section, you will find a breakdown of 12 reading strategies. Each strategy is placed in a chart and marked according to when to use it and written about in-depth with a description, goals, and methods for teaching the strategy.
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.
Stimulate discussion with this brief article and series of questions related to reading habits. This resource, from the New York Times' The Learning Network, asks learners to comment on their own reading habits. You could have your class comment online as well and read the comments of other scholars around the country. This could be used as an introductory activity for a unit on technology or as a way for you to find out more about your learners' reading habits.
Give your readers a purpose for reading and show them how it helps us choose the reading skills we're going to employ. Predict the content of fiction books and generate statements about the text topic of non-fiction books. Then have small groups read assigned selections to determine if their predictions and statements were accurate. Tip: Great for small group rotations.
In this reading instructional activity, students use their workbook to answer short answer questions about reading and fill out a reading log. Students complete 4 questions total and read 5 books to get their merit badge.
A good way for your class to explore writing is through newspaper articles. Using newspaper clippings, learners discuss how they feel about a current event, and write a response in their journal.

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