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Title: The newspaper

Grade: 6-12

Description of Idea:
The students in the classroom become the members of a newspaper team, in which each student in the class has a role in writing an article for the newspaper.

Expectations: Students will gain an insight of how a newspaper is created and how articles are written for the newspaper. Students will also get hands on experience by working with a team and making group decisions. This lesson also emphasizes group work and cooperation.

Student Groupings: The class as a whole represents the newspaper team, where each stduent will write an article for the paper.

Teaching Strategies:
*The teacher brings in various newspapers and has the class look at them to see how they are written, what type of stories are written, what is on the front cover, the order of articles, etc.
*The class is then divided into small groups of 4 to 6 students. Each student in the group is assigned a role, which is based on the type of articles they will write. The students can report on issues going on in the
school, in the real world, or the teacher can provide specific topics for the individual roles.
*The roles: editor/ arts and entertainment writer / sports writer/ news
reporter/health and fitness/ finance

Assessment: The teacher assesses the students’ writing ability, such as grammar, cohesiveness of ideas, sentence structure, style, etc.

Adaptations: Each student should get the opportunity in the different writing roles. The lesson can be done with the class as a whole, where the entire class can be working on the same type of article, in which each student receives a different topic.


Submitted by: Natalia Charles

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