This unit lesson takes kids through about 20 hours of journalism in a level appropriate manner. The lesson unit was designed for students ages 8-12. It covers topics like "showing not telling" and putting quotes into one's writing! Also includes handouts and sponge activities!!
There is a powerpoint that follows this lesson unit in my store as well.
I did this in 1 week, but had block periods. Would cover at least 2 weeks of 40 min. writing class periods.