Getting the Most out of Teaching with Newspapers

No matter what subject you're teaching, you'll find some fun and innovative ideas for using newspapers in your classroom with a helpful resource. Based on Getting the Most Out of Teaching with Newspapers by Rebecca Olien, the series of lessons, projects, worksheets, and instructional guides culminate in a class newspaper with different journalism teams creating various parts of the paper.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • A great project for cross-curricular lessons between math, science, social studies, language arts, and art
  • Use in a journalism class before designing their own school newspaper
Classroom Considerations

  • Lesson is designed for upper elementary learners, but would work well with middle schoolers, and even high schoolers reviewing informational text features and concepts
  • 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

  • Comes with a plethora of great ideas and tips for the classroom, including ways to use old newspapers, extension ideas, and connections to math, science, and language arts
  • Includes a glossary for common journalism terms at the end
Cons

  • None