Nursery Rhyme Newspaper Creative Writing and Journalism Group Activity

Charlene Tess
Grade Levels
7th - 10th, Homeschool
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11 pages
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How many times have your students wished they could do something different and fun in your room? Probably more often than you know.

This creative writing and journalism group activity is a chance for students to do something they will really enjoy while practicing several valuable skills such as:

  • critical reading,
  • creative writing,
  • writing news stories,
  • editing,
  • proofreading, and
  • cooperative learning.

Students will work in groups to create newspapers based on nursery rhymes. They will have so much fun being creative and clever, it will not seem like classwork at all.

Journalism teachers can assign Nursery Rhyme Newspapers as a review after teaching students to write leads, telegraphic sentences, news stories, sports feature stories, personality feature stories, editorials, headlines, etc. If you wish, you can use a nursery rhyme as the basis of each lesson.

This creative writing and journalism group activity includes:

1) Instructions for the teacher

1) Partial list of nursery rhymes

2) Sample nursery rhymes

3) Sample Nursery Rhyme Newspaper

4) Instruction Sheet for Students

5) Evaluation sheets for teachers to use to grade the groups

6) Pulitzer Prize Certificate

This resource has everything you need for a week-long lesson that your students will enjoy. I used this activity with my English, creative writing, and journalism classes with much success.

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Total Pages
11 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.
Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.


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