This activity is a great idea to substitute for the usual book report students write after reading a novel. My students found this activity fun and challenging.
This creative project will be success whether your students choose their own titles, or you choose a novel for the entire class to read. The newspaper project will work with any novel that your students read.
Assign a Project:
After they study the examples, your students will most likely have several ideas of their own.
Students will learn to write news articles, editorials, classified ads, feature articles, weather reports, and many other elements found in a newspaper.
To keep things simple, they can use templates from a word processing program and search for photos to cut, resize, and paste into their layouts.
It is also possible to create great newspapers without using computers at all. They can use markers, colored pencils, and cut pictures from magazines and glue onto bank paper.
Let Creativity Reign!
Your students will enjoy this project, and you will enjoy reading their newspapers. This assignment requires thought and creativity, and students will enjoy it so much more than an ordinary book report.
I am an educator with over 35 years of classroom experience. I have taught English, journalism, and creative writing to students in grades 7-12, and I have developed my resources based on lessons that were successful with my students.
I hope you and your students enjoy using this. Here's another exercise your students will enjoy.