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Media Literacy Workshop: Links and Handouts

  Introducing Students to Newspapers- Six introductory activities.
Your students will get much more out of newspaper lessons in the classroom and newspaper reading in general when you take time to teach ABOUT the newspaper BEFORE you begin teaching WITH the newspaper.

FREE NIE Curriculum Guides:
Improving Comprehension: Ready-to-use lessons explore the full range of information in the newspaper while making connections that improve reading, writing and comprehension.
Now I Get It!
Improving Comprehension

Strategies for actively aiding comprehension (making predictions, generating questions, creating a visual image, etc.)
Connect to the World:
Improving Comprehension

Construct meaning by matching prior knowledge to content. Make connections to self, text and world.
Newspapers Now:
Developing Comprehension & Research Skills

Explore the range of information in newspapers and the impact newspapers can have on students’ lives today.

NEW! Engage, inform, and educate your students with TweenTribune, an online news site that’s updated every day with kid-friendly stories from AP and The Free Lance-Star. Students can comment on stories; teacher-friendly tools make it easy for you to review comments before you submit them.
Intro to TweenTribune

All Together Now
12 lessons and activities designed to help students understand their own culture and the culture of others. Includes a section for students for whom English is not their first language.

Creating Classroom Newspaper
Five days of instruction includes planning, writing news, feature stories and opinions and creating ads.

Just Think!
Teach students about the types of writing and features found in a newspaper while providing practice in higher level thinking skills (evaluation, analysis and synthesis).

Keep It Real
Activities help students develop and extend their ability to comprehend informational text structures and organization.

From Writers to Readers
10 detailed lessons use newspaper elements as models for writing instruction. Includes rubrics and activity sheets for planning, drafting and revising.

Thoughtful Literacy
Easy-to-use lessons actively engage and empower students with effective classroom practices of managed choice, multi-source curriculum, multi-task learning and meaningful classroom discussion.

Newspapers Inspire and Enlighten
A great resource for introducing students to newspapers. Topics include news gathering, newspaper sections, types of writing, advertising, production, history, careers and terms.

Password-protected Curriculum Resources:
The Essential Questions
Based on the instructional approach of continuous questioning, lessons enhance comprehension by teaching students to actively build understanding as they read and think.
Multigenre Research Projects
Twenty one-page lessons with rubrics show students how to write and produce the many genres used in the newspaper. Topics include editorial, feature story, hard news, advice column, sports article, reviews, summaries, info-graphics, ads, and more. Students use this knowledge to produce a newspaper as a Multigenre Research Project on a curriculum topic.
Featuring The Frameworks
30 graphic organizers, including Word Cube, Character Snapshot, Hamburger Paragraphs, Prediction Tree and many more. SOL Correlations

What's News? Deadline, Byline, OnLine
Background information on newspaper content with corresponding activities and career information.
ABC Book of Newspaper Sponge Activities
Hands-on, creative activities reinforce standards-based skills in a short period of time–perfect for days when a lesson runs short and there is no time to start another activity.
Comic Capers!
31 standards-based activities use the comics pages for an engaging way to target specific reading and writing skills. Each activity has a focus exercise, an extension exercise, and English SOL correlations (grades 3-8).
(Password-protected resources are available only to teachers who participate in The Free Lance–Star’s NIE program. If you do not remember your password, please email a request to us. Include your first and last name and school.)

Printable NIE Lessons and Activity Sheets:

Toon Talk
Read what Clay Jones, The Free Lance-Star's Political Cartoonist, has to say about his--and other's-editorial cartoons.