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If you’re looking for a cross-curricular assignment that meets the new Common Core emphasis on informational reading and writing, “Headline News - Newspaper Writing” will fill the bill. This assignment requires students to
study current news stories on the internet
summarize them in their own words
create a graphic design on the computer to look like the front page of a newspaper
find accompanying photos for their news stories
locate the origin of their stories by incorporating maps
This unit includes complete instructions for students, a grading rubric for the teacher, an example to show students what is expected of them, and a list of design features to point out as the example is shown. You should allow 4 or more class periods for the completion of this assignment. The assignment uses the Apple word-processing application Pages but could easily be converted for use by those who use Microsoft Word. All are available in PDF form. Headline News - Newspaper Writing by Diane Yale-Peabody is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.