Upon registration, introduce students to the concepts and practices
involved in the production of a newspaper. This may be done through a unit of work
covering newspaper production. Contact your local newspapers for assistance. Many larger
city newspapers have an educational division which provides curriculum materials for
Students should read, study, and discuss real newspapers. They should note the way articles are written and material is presented.
Divide your class into newspaper teams, with each student assigned to one or more roles. Teams would include researchers, reporters, editors, photographers, and artists. See the section on Who Makes the Newspaper?
These project materials include two lessons which you may find useful in preparing your students to become newspaper reporters and editors. The first lesson plan is on writing a newspaper report of information.
The second lesson plan is on conducting an interview. You will need to modify and adapt the lesson to focus on views and opinions surrounding the theme of the current Newsday session.