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The New York Times used the slogan "All the News That's Fit to Print."
|Grades||7 – 12|
|Calendar Activity Type||Historical Figure & Event|
In 1897, Adolph S. Ochs, the owner of The New York Times, created the famous slogan "All the News That's Fit to Print," which still appears on the masthead of the newspaper today. He wrote the slogan as a declaration of the newspaper's intention to report the news impartially.
Make a list of the newspapers your students see their parents read. Discuss how different newspapers offer different points of view that appeal to different audiences.
Choose a current event, and have each student read a different editorial on the topic. The Internet Public Library has online newspapers from around the world and throughout the United States. After everybody has had a chance to read their editorials, have students share them with the class. Students should be able to identify the editor's point of view in each one.
Ask students whether they think the newspapers they examined were impartial, and what, if any challenges exist in reporting the news impartially.
- ReadWriteThink Printing Press
Students can use this interactive tool to create original newspapers. Students select from different layouts, add text and headlines, and then print to add their own images.
- Time for Kids
This resource provides kid-friendly news articles and other resources that can be used with or without the printed magazine.
- The New York Times
The New York Times website offers access to current news and other newspaper features. The Learning Network offers lesson plans and other teaching resources. For full access to the site, free registration is required.
The American Society of Newspaper Editors offers journalism tips for students, teachers, and editors at this site. Included are lesson plans, links to student resources, and interviews with professional writers.
Grades 6 – 8 | Lesson Plan | Recurring Lesson
GIST is a summarizing technique that can be used in any content area. Students will learn and apply the strategy while doing online research and writing activities on news stories.
Grades 9 – 12 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
Students use persuasive writing and an understanding of the characteristics of letters to the editor to compose effective letters to the editor on topics of interest to them.
Grades K – 2 | Lesson Plan | Recurring Lesson
On Monday mornings, you’re likely to be asked, “What did you do this weekend?” In this lesson, students respond to this question in a self-assessed writing assignment about their weekend adventures.
Grades 3 – 5 | Lesson Plan | Unit
Students write authentic newspaper stories, including learning about various aspects of newspapers, such as writing an article, online articles, newspaper reading habits, and layout and design techniques.
Grades 6 – 8 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
Students identify genre characteristics for short stories and newspaper articles then practice both genres by turning a short story into a news article and an article into a short story.