Unit Plan


This Journalism unit plan also includes:

Whether you are teaching a newspaper unit in language arts, covering the First Amendment and censorship in social studies, or focusing on writing ethics in journalism, a unit based on the foundations of journalism would be an excellent addition to your instruction. Kids break into journalistic teams, such as sports, features, or editorials, and create their own newspaper.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Use as a cross-curricular project between core classes, in which kids conduct research about their topics in social studies and complete the writing in language arts
  • Have the project last all year, using relevant subjects and writing techniques for kids to be continuously writing new articles
Classroom Considerations
  • Though the unit is designed for a journalism cycle or course, it would work in a typical classroom setting
  • Required Resources include exclusively New Jersey newspapers, as the lesson was created for a New Jersey school; add your own local papers to bring the lesson home for kids
  • Provides twenty solid, thought-provoking questions upon which you can base your journalism questions
  • Comes with a list of important journalism terms
  • Encourages kids to really think about what they are writing, as well as why they are writing it
  • Promotes persuasive writing in the editorial lessons, as well as informative writing when it comes to the feature section
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