This activity is great for creative writing! I remember doing a mock newspaper as a kid; I thought it was so fun to pretend like I was in that time period or in the book. Writing from the character's POV is a great way to have a mini lesson on tone and mood. This is a good opportunity to also have your students learn about "Show don't tell." They can write from the character's perspective and say a lot about the character's feelings and thoughts by what they write. This is also a nice opportunity for the students to refer back to the book to look for text evidence and support their findings. The writing style and prose will change depending on the book and topic. Enjoy!
Because of Winn-Dixie is written by Kate DiCamillo.
This resource is an awesome way to get your students writing from the perspectives of the characters! After the students are finished reading the book, they can use this creative writing newspaper to take on the voice and tone of some of the characters. The students will use inference skills to deduce what each character would say about themselves and the lessons they have learned throughout the course of the novel.
Other Kate DiCamillo resources of mine include:
Raymie Nightingale Newspaper Creative Writing Activity