Newspaper Article Summary Activity

Grade Levels
9th - 12th
Formats Included
  • PDF
2 pages


One of the skills that I've noticed my students lack is the ability to read a newspaper. Many of my students reported that they had never read a newspaper and that they rarely kept up with the news. This free product seeks to solve that issue by giving students a structured way to read a newspaper. It asks students questions like: Where does the story take place? Why is the story important?

When we first started using this resource, I had questions from my students about the simplest aspects of a news story..."Mr. Bowyer, when did this story happen?" "Mr. Bowyer, how can I tell where this story happened?" After we used this resource a couple times, they can breeze through it and then have a substantive discussion about what the stories were about, why they may have happened, and how it impacted them.

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Total Pages
2 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
30 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, attending to such features as the date and origin of the information.


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