The Common Core State Standards Initiative requires students to do a lot of writing. Writing in the form of responding to reading, analytical writing, narrative writing, etc. Ideally students should also have one research project per quarter.
This Zine Project is an ideal activity for students to do at the end of the school year as it is based on a topic of their choosing (with teacher approval) and allows students more freedom in what they are writing. Motivated, creative students love this project and it is excellent to use with students of all abilities (ESE, ESOL, Gifted) as it can easily be adjusted to meet their needs.
Edmodo is an excellent tool to use with this project. If you use Edmodo simple create a folder for your group and link to examples of children's magazines, internet resources, and upload necessary materials. The project is meant to be published using the computer, but can be done by hand if necessary.
The following CCSS are addressed:
(All standards are addressed at multiple grade levels)