This Common Core based activity facilitates higher order and critical thinking skills as your students collaborative write, plan, and publish a magazine. The activity is highly scaffolded with graphic organizers to guide students through each step of the process.
First, the students will search through magazines or online articles to find examples of magazine features. Then, they will collaboratively plan the contents of the magazine and determine group member roles. You may require students to write new articles or you may have them choose previous expository writings from their writing portfolios.
The activities include easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions throughout the whole process including the basic features of magazine articles and graphic organizers for effective planning.
The students are encouraged to collaborate, use their imaginations, be creative, and have fun.
You may also want to check out these other Creative Writing Activities:
-- Adventurer’s Survival Guide Creative Writing Activity
-- Original Invention Creative Writing Project: Plan, Propose, Advertise
-- Strange Must-See Place Creative Writing Activity: Describing and Advertising
-- Writing an Arthurian Legend
-- Story Inspired by a Photo Creative Writing Activity
Common Core State Standards:
Writing 2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
Writing 4: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Writing 5: Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.
If technology is used to research magazine features and/or create the projects:
Writing 6: Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products, taking advantage of technology's capacity to link to other information and to display information flexibly and dynamically.
Publishing a Magazine: Collaboratively Writing, Planning, and Creating
by Scott N. Forrest
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