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Grade: 5-8
Subject(s): Writing
Required products: Tool Factory Word Processor
Materials
  • Notepad, tape-recorder (optional)
  • Tool Factory Word Processor.
    Overview
    Students research, draft, and revise a feature article for their school newspaper.
    Instructions
    1) Open "School Newspaper Background Research Notes" and have students save it as their own worksheet.
    2) Students use this sheet to record the bibliographical information about their sources, take notes that will help them to later write their feature article, and copy direct quotes from the cited source.
    3) Students may print out multiple copies of this worksheet depending on how many sources they will use.
    4) Open " School Newspaper Reporter Notes" and direct students to save it as their own worksheet.
    5) Students use this worksheet to record information from interviews conducted in preparation for writing the feature article.
    6) Again, multiple copies of this worksheet may be printed out.
    7) Students open the "School Newspaper Feature Article Template" worksheet and save it as their own.
    8) By clicking on each object, such as a photo or headline, the student may highlight and then delete the objects that they will replace with their own.
    9) Remind students to save their work often, and print out if necessary.
    Follow-up Activities
    Turn students into reporters. Give them a digital camera, and let them shoot news photographs.
    Printable Worksheets
    Mac users: To download, ctrl-click on the worksheet and choose "save link to disk"
  • School Newspaper Reporter Notes
  • School Newspaper Background Research Notes
  • School Newspaper Feature Article Template
    Downloadable Worksheets
    Mac users: To download, ctrl-click on the worksheet and choose "save link to disk"
  • School Newspaper Reporter Notes
  • School Newspaper Background Research Notes
  • School Newspaper Feature Article Template
    Correlation
    Choose your standard:
    McREL Writing Standard 1: The student uses the general skills and strategies of the writing process.
    Writing Standard 2: The student uses the stylistic and rhetorical aspects of writing.
    Writing Standard 4: The student gathers and uses information for research purposes.
    Media Standard 10: The student understands the characteristics and components of the media.