I'm using this assignment for the first time this year as extra-credit. However, you could easily use it as an in-class assignment. Students work together (or individually!) to create a digital newsletter for use in your classroom. You can then feature the digital newsletter on your class website, in your hallways, or email it directly to parents and other members of the community.
Included in this download is one customizable file with assignment instructions. It states the rationale behind the assignment, the name of the free website I use for my newsletters, required components, and a simple chart of the months for student sign-up.
No rubric yet. I'm working on it still!