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Imagine That! Playing with Genre through Newspapers and Short Stories

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Imagine That! Playing with Genre through Newspapers and Short Stories

Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Three 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Jacqueline Podolski

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Publisher

National Council of Teachers of English

 

Lesson Plans

Student Interactives

Calendar Activities

Professional Library

 

LESSON PLANS

Grades   5 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Book Report Alternative: Sharing Info from Informational Reading

Reporting on an informational book doesn’t have to be boring! Instead of the traditional book report format, students create newspapers using a Printing Press interactive to share what they have learned from reading informational books.

 

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STUDENT INTERACTIVES

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Story Map

The Story Map interactive is designed to assist students in prewriting and postreading activities by focusing on the key elements of character, setting, conflict, and resolution.

 

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.

 

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Venn Diagram

This interactive tool allows students to create Venn diagrams that contain two or three overlapping circles, enabling them to organize their information logically.

 

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CALENDAR ACTIVITIES

Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 10

The New York Times used the slogan "All the News That's Fit to Print."

After discussing newspapers and their different points of view, students choose a current event, read editorials on the event, and share them with the class to identify the editor's point of view.

 

Grades   K – 6  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 12

Gary Soto, poet and children's writer, was born on this date in 1952.

Using one of Soto's stories, students take part in share stories about their families, describe their street/neighborhood, or compose an acrostic poem using the Acrostic Poems interactive tool.

 

Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 16

African American journalist Ida B. Wells was born in 1862.

Students brainstorm a list of human rights issues, research their group's issue in depth, examine the way journalists cover a story, and create articles for a classroom newspaper.

 

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PROFESSIONAL LIBRARY

Grades   6 – 8  |  Professional Library  |  Book

Motivating Writing in Middle School

This volume offers a variety of ways to stimulate student writing: through the use of artifacts, through exploration of the students' own experiences, memories, and aspirations, and through real-world writing tasks.

 

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