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Printing Press

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Printing Press

Grades K – 12
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ABOUT THIS INTERACTIVE  

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The interactive Printing Press is designed to assist students in creating newspapers, brochures, and flyers. Teachers and students can choose from several templates to publish class newspapers, informational brochures, and flyers announcing class events. Text added to the templates can be modified using a simple WYSIWYG editor, which allows students to choose text features, such as font size and color. Documentation for the Printing Press includes instructions for using the tool. Customized versions of the tool, which include additional instructions and more focused choices, are included with some lessons. A basic planning sheet is available to help students gather ideas before working on this interactive tool.

Lessons That Use This Interactive

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Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Leading to Great Places in the Elementary Classroom

Students examine great leads in children's literature before writing or revising a lead in their own writing.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Leading to Great Places in the Middle School Classroom

Students examine leads in existing texts and create alternative leads for them before revising leads in their own writing.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit

Introducing Each Other: Interviews, Memoirs, Photos, and Internet Research

Students use their communication and writing skills as they interview a partner, write an article about them, and create a multimodal presentation to introduce their partner to the class.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Technical Reading and Writing Using Board Games

Students celebrate a novel they have read and get hands-on experience with technical writing by creating a board game based on the novel and writing the instructions for it.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Myth and Truth: Independence Day

By exploring myths and truths surrounding Independence Day, students think critically about commonly believed stories regarding the beginning of the Revolutionary War and the Independence Day holiday.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit

Creating a Classroom Newspaper

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

Picture Books as Framing Texts: Research Paper Strategies for Struggling Writers

Students use picture books as framing texts for research, freeing them from the language of encyclopedia sources and allowing them to focus their attention on the content of their papers.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Imagine That! Playing with Genre through Newspapers and Short Stories

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.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Promoting Diversity in the Classroom and School Library through Social Action

Students explore the effects of stereotypes by analyzing children’s books. Then they create bookmarks that encourage readers to question the assumptions of stereotyped books and to seek out matching, balanced texts.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Investigating Junk Mail: Negotiating Critical Literacy at the Mailbox

Students increase their media literacy skills by critically examining and revising junk mail.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Color Poems—Using the Five Senses to Guide Prewriting

Students use their five senses as a prewriting tool to guide their poetry writing as they compose free-form poems using imagery to describe a color.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit

Creating Classroom Community by Crafting Themed Poetry Collections

Students create poetry collections with the theme of "getting to know each other." They study and then write a variety of forms of poetry to include in their collections.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Looking for the History in Historical Fiction: An Epidemic for Reading

This lesson pairs the reading of historical fiction with nonfiction to introduce students to the large themes of history.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit

Modeling Reading and Analysis Processes with the Works of Edgar Allan Poe

Explore reading strategies using Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” and other works. Students read Poe’s works in both large- and small-group readings then conclude with a variety of projects.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit

Investigating the Holocaust: A Collaborative Inquiry Project

Students explore a variety of resources as they learn about the Holocaust. Working collaboratively, they investigate the materials, prepare oral responses, and produce a topic-based newspaper to complete their research.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit

Astronomy Poetry: Combining Poetry With the Content Areas

Students’ responses to this lesson will be out of this world after they’ve researched astronomy to write poetry and compile a poetry book.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

What If We Changed the Book? Problem-Posing with Sixteen Cows

After reading a piece of math-related children’s literature aloud, students pose and solve new problems by asking what-if questions about the events in the story.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Bridging Literature and Mathematics by Visualizing Mathematical Concepts

During interactive read-aloud sessions, students identify how an author conveys mathematical information about animals’ sizes and abilities. They then conduct research projects focusing on the same mathematical concepts.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

You Know the Movie is Coming—Now What?

In this lesson, students read a literary text with the eye of a director, selecting scenes from the text and putting a cinematic spin on them.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Our Classroom: Writing an Owner’s Manual

Students write an owner’s manual that helps them get to know their classroom, provides them with a sense of ownership, and lets others know about their classroom.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Recurring Lesson

Using Word Storms to Explore Vocabulary and Encourage Critical Thinking

Students learn that dogs are more than just pets in this lesson, which teaches them to use research and vocabulary-acquisition strategies to learn and write about working dogs.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit

Searching for Gold: A Collaborative Inquiry Project

Each small group of students researches one aspect of the same big topic, such as the Gold Rush, and teaches what they have learned to the rest of the class.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Travel Brochures: Highlighting the Setting of a Story

Readers are often transported to the places mentioned in texts through words and descriptions. This lesson invites students to create travel brochures about the setting of texts they have read.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Building a Learning Community: Crafting Rules for the Classroom

Students will learn to mind their ps and qs in this lesson on etiquette and appropriate behavior in the classroom.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit

Zines for Kids: Multigenre Texts About Media Icons

Special edition! Students use ReadWriteThink tools to create magazines about prominent figures using a variety of writing genres and styles.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit

Crit Lit for Kids: From Critical Consciousness to Service Learning

Students take their ideas from the classroom page to the community pavement when they participate in a service-learning project based on their multimedia presentations.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Critical Perspectives: Reading and Writing About Slavery

Students critically explore the moral issue of slavery through reading fiction and nonfiction children's literature about the Underground Railroad, and they extend their understanding through creative writing projects.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Technology and Copyright Law: A “Futurespective”

Students research and report on instances of how copyright laws have adapted to encompass new technologies. They write articles predicting copyright issues that may arise with new and future technologies.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

I’ve Got It Covered! Creating Magazine Covers to Summarize Texts

Start the presses! Catchy titles, eye-popping graphics, and attractive fonts are all on students’ agendas in this lesson as they create magazine covers to summarize a topic.

 

Grades   4 – 7  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

A “Cay”ribbean Island Study

As a pre-reading activity for The Cay, groups of students choose and study a Caribbean island, create a final product in the format of their choice, and finally, do an oral presentation to share information learned.

 

Grades   6 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Book Report Alternative: Rewind the Plot!

In this alternative to the traditional book report, students report on their novel choices by rewinding the plot.

 

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.

 

Related Classroom & Professional Development Resources

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Grades   3 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing & Publishing Prose

Flip Book

The Flip Book is designed to allow users to type and illustrate tabbed flip books up to ten pages long. Students and teachers can use the flip book for taking notes while reading, making picture books, collecting facts, or creating question and answer booklets.

 

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

Stapleless Book

The Stapleless Book can be used for taking notes while reading, making picture books, collecting facts, or creating vocabulary booklets . . . the possibilities are endless!

 

Grades   3 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 13

The first English printer, William Caxton, was born on this day in 1422.

Students consider how the printing press affects their world by completing a printing inventory, comparing lists, and developing a "super" list of all printed materials that they interact with.

 

Grades   1 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 1

Get ready for National Bullying Prevention Month!

Students create a poster to enter into a poster contest that educates others about issues surrounding bullying.

 

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   5 – 10  |  Calendar Activity  |  June 15

Brian Jacques, author of the Redwall series, was born in 1939.

After students have read one of Brian Jacques' Redwall stories, a class newspaper is created based on the story.

 

Grades   K – 12  |  Strategy Guide

Shared Writing

This strategy guide explains how to use shared writing to teach students effective strategies that will improve their own independent writing ability.

 

Grades   K – 3  |  Strategy Guide

Guided Writing

This strategy guide explains how to use small-group, guided writing instruction to teach students effective strategies and improve their ability to produce text independently.