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Creating a Classroom Newspaper

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Creating a Classroom Newspaper

Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Unit
Estimated Time Ten 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Laurie A. Henry, Ph.D.

Laurie A. Henry, Ph.D.

Lexington, Kentucky


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives






  • Computer lab with Internet access

  • Multimedia software

  • Access to a library of images/graphics

  • Scanner (optional)

  • Digital camera (optional)

  • Deadline! From News to Newspaper by Gail Gibbons (HarperCollins, 1987)

  • The Furry News: How to Make a Newspaper by Loreen Leedy (Holiday House, 1993)

  • Freddy and the Bean Home News by Walter R. Brooks (Puffin, 2002)

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Printing Press

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing & Publishing Prose

Printing Press

The interactive Printing Press is designed to assist students in creating newspapers, brochures, and flyers.


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*Prerequisite skills: Familiarization with an appropriate multimedia software program

1. Review and bookmark sample of classroom newsletters from Websites list. Review and bookmark the Internet Public Library website.

2. Obtain copies of books from Materials and Technology list, and secure copies of local, state, and/or national newspapers (at least 6-8).

3. Access the Grandview Newspaper lesson plan, and print a copy of the "Bad Fall Injures Children" news article.

4. Make an overhead of Inverted Pyramid Format and Reporting Tips sheet

5. Make student copies of Newspaper Story Format sheet, Story Feedback Form, Reporter's Guide handout, and Newspaper Writing Assessment sheet.

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