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This tabloid-sized newspaper is ideal for the part-time teacher who needs a predictable, explicit task for the short time they are with their students, or for a full-time teacher who wants a venue for publishable pieces. It can also be an emergency, multi-day unit for the Teacher-On-Call.
Using this newspaper one day per week will provide students a venue for their publishing. Or teachers can use it as a writing program for 2-3 weeks. The process of preparing each article will give teachers an opportunity for formative assessments. The final product will provide teachers samples for summative assessments.
You will find 3 versions of this newspaper to suit differentiated needs.
This newspaper has several sections to be filled out:
•4-6 spaces for articles (the space at the top of each page can be used for one long piece or two short articles)
•A letter to Santa
•A crossword puzzle (or word search)
•An empty square for a cartoon
SOME SUGGESTIONS FOR ARTICLES:
•Current events: local, national or international news
•Letter to Santa
•National/International Days of Recognition:
•Dec 2nd - International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
•Dec 4th - National Sock Day
•Dec 5th - Walt Disney’s Birthday
•Dec 8th - Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day
•Dec 12th - Gingerbread House Day
•Dec 14th - Monkey Day
•Dec 21st - Crossword Puzzle Day
•Dec 21/22 - First Day of Winter
•Dec 25th - Christmas / First Day of Hanukah
•Dec 26 - Jan 1 - Kwanzaa
The version of the newspaper without lines can be used with Acrobat Reader in the ‘Edit’ mode. In this mode, students add text where ever they choose.
I have provided a .ppt document that you can use to introduce each lesson. There are notes to help guide you through the lessons. There are 9 different sections/lessons for the newspaper if you use both sides.
Please stay tuned for more of these units. The January Journal is being created in a similar format based on feedback.