This activity is great for creative writing! I remember doing a mock newspaper as a kid; I thought it was so fun to pretend like I was in that time period or in the book. Writing from the character's POV is a great way to have a mini lesson on tone and mood. This is a good opportunity to also have your students learn about "Show don't tell." They can write from the character's perspective and say a lot about the character's feelings and thoughts by what they write. This is also a nice opportunity for the students to refer back to the book to look for text evidence and support their findings. The writing style and prose will change depending on the book and topic. Enjoy!
This activity includes 2 newspaper pages with 6 creative writing prompts based on the book!
The writing prompts include:
1. Miles and Niles are accepting new members, if the person can tell them why they deserve to be in their secret group, what pranking skills do you have?
2. Of course Principal Barkin has to have a column in the paper all about himself!
3. Cow Facts- Write about a cow fact and questions you are still wondering about these amazing bovines!
The 2nd Newspaper Page takes place a year in the future!
4. The legend of Cody Burr- Tyler- write some awesome things that you have also heard about the infamous Cody!
5. Miles writes about his first year at Yawnee Valley.
6. Miles and Niles write about their 2nd April Fool's prank.