News develops every day. The beauty of the newspaper in the classroom is it comes to your door fresh and filled with the latest news and information. Newspapers are a great resource for teaching concepts and strategies of reading and writing. They provide real-life and practical experiences that students can utilize in their reading and writing experiences in or out of the classroom.
Newspapers are cheap, plentiful, and readily available. They are a motivating tool because students find the topics interesting and relevant to their lives. These connections inspire students to become researchers and readers. I love the fact that they are so versatile and can be used for individual or cooperative activities.
This resource has been designed for flexible use. I have used the information in the following ways:
• As a unit of study on the newspaper*
• As task cards for a literacy station
• As cooperative learning projects for small group reading
• As wrap up lessons for a reading or writing strategy
* As an introductory lesson for a reading or writing strategy
• As review activities before a test
• As enrichment or remedial activities for students
• As a welcome alternative to homework worksheets
• As seatwork for times you are working with small groups