Your students will love creating teen magazines with this authentic writing project that directly aligns with the Common Core Writing Standards! Students love reading teen magazines, and with this group project, they eagerly engage in research, persuasive, and informational writing as they write, edit, assemble, and publish their own teen magazines.
Working in groups of 4, 5, or 6, each student contributes 4 articles and 1 full-page advertisement as follows:
--one Research-based Feature Article
-- one Persuasive Article
-- two Choice Articles from a list of 14 "Open Topics" (sports, music, restaurant review, original poetry, etc.)
--one full-page, Original Advertisement for a real or "invented" product.
This product contains
--11 pages of attractive and clearly-expressed student handouts (directions and requirements, choices and topic suggestions, instructional, organizer/notes sheets, and record-keeping for individual and group)
-- 3 pages of "Teacher Directions" to guide all aspects of the project
-- 2 easy grading checklist pages (with comment codes to apply to the articles)
This project allows you to cover a full research piece (a 2-page typed Feature Article) directly aligned with the Common Core Writing Standards with directions and note-taking handouts, and students actually enjoy the work because their articles become published in their teen magazines!
The persuasive piece is equally motivating and clearly aligns with the CCWS. Suggested topics for all the writing tasks are provided and every part of the project allows for choice (and thus differentiation). Students are motivated by being in groups, yet the student writing is actually individual, with groups meeting to proofread and peer-edit, and later to create the cover, table of contents, and assemble the magazine.
*For materials, you will need sheet protectors and 3-prong clear plastic report covers to assemble the magazines. You could also use 1/2" binders with a clear-view cover.
This authentic activity is a clear favorite with students, and the magazines make great reading material for the classroom!
You can take 4-5 weeks and have students engage writing-workshop style to complete the magazines, or the assignment can be spread out over a longer amount of time while you do other things as well. The group large manila envelopes protect all works in progress! The project is a great way to teach many writing skills (you can interject mini-lessons as needed) while students stay excited about creating their own magazines. I presented this writing project at the NCTE National Convention in NYC in a session entitled Writing For Real: Energizing the English Classroom with Authentic Literacy Projects. Once you try this (I suggest you start with one class), you'll use it year after year!
Please download my PREVIEW pages to see a part of this product. Thank you--Joy Sexton
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