This is a great tool to teach students about author's bias and text features, as well as the focus and organization of essay writing. I chose to incorporate science-related topics for cross-curricular learning, but teachers can also assign topics related to the novels they are reading in class. When students consider themselves professional "journalists," they take great pride in their writing. Awesome alternative to the five paragraph essay. I included the word document so that you can change topics or rubric elements.