First Contact Newspaper

Turn scholars into news reporters whose assignment is to cover the goings on in Early America. Your job as editor is to help individuals select a topic and to guide them on their writing journey. Young journalists then draft their article using the provided article template to organize details that describe an interaction between two or more groups. After completing their articles, class members assemble the paper.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Arrange time for learners to research information for their news article
  • Allow early finishers to explore the world of news reporting
  • Ask fellow teachers if they would welcome news reporters to interview them about school related issues
  • Create a school-based newspaper
Classroom Considerations

  • Copies are required 
  • If learners choose to type their newspaper articles, schedule time in the computer lab or on mobile learning devices 
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
Pros

  • Materials are hyperlinked for easy navigation
  • Modification, alternative assessments, and extension activities are provided 
  • A detailed job descrition of a jounralist is given for pupils' reference 
Cons

  • None