The Polar Express Newspaper

Boost writing skills and reading comprehension with a lesson that combines the art of journalistic writing and a favorite children's story. Young journalists compose an article referencing an event from the story, The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg. Following an examination of a newspaper article and read-aloud, scholars work in small groups to prepare a newspaper while each writer takes on one event. Writers take their work through the writing process then share their finished product with their peers. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Conduct the lesson before pupils leave for winter break
  • Invite learners to wear pajamas the day groups share their final products 
  • Watch the movie after groups have published their newspaper
Classroom Considerations
  • The lesson requires one or several copies of the story, The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
  • Look through the Included Materials to find files for printing
  • The lesson adds a festive flair to everyday-journalism 
  • Small groups offer peer assistance 
  • The plan is written clearly and in detail 
  • None