Date: March 18,
run a school newspaper on the school website. They will use different
literary forms to present the news of the school.
Key vocabulary: Fact; Opinion
||1. Pupils will
create a school newspaper containing three aspects: Latest News, Editorial,
2. Pupils will post the school newspaper on the school website.
NYS Learning Standards: English Language Arts
Standard 1: Students will read, write, speak, and listen for information
and understanding. Intermediate.
-compare and synthesize information form different sources.
-use a wide variety of strategies for selecting, organizing, and categorizing
-distinguish between relevant and irrelevant information and between
fact and opinion.
-relate new information to prior knowledge and experience.
-understand and use the text features that make information accessible
and usable, such as format, sequence, level of diction, and relevance
-establish an authoritative stance on the subject and provide references
to establish the validity and verifiability of the information presented.
-develop information with appropriate supporting material, such as
facts, details, illustrative examples or anecdotes, and exclude extraneous
-use the process of pre-writing, drafting, revising, and proofreading
(the "writing process") to produce well-constructed informational
Standard 2: Students will read, write, speak, and listen for literary
response and expression. Intermediate
-use standard English effectively.
Standard 3: Students will read, write, speak, and listen for critical
analysis and evaluation. Intermediate.
-analyze, interpret, and evaluate information, ideas, organization,
and language from academic and nonacademic texts, such as textbooks,
public documents, book and movie reviews, and editorials.
-evaluate their own and others' work based on a variety of criteria
and recognize the varying effectiveness of different approaches.
Standard 4: Students will read, write, listen, and speak for social
-listen attentively to others and build on others' ideas in converstaions
with peers and adults.
-express ideas and concerns clearly and respectfully in conversations
and group discussions.
-use verbal and nonverbal skills to improve communincation with others.
-use appropriate language and style for the situation and the audience
and take into account the ideas and interests expressed by the person
receiving the message.
-read and discuss social communications and electronic communications
and electronic communications of other writers and use some of the
techniques of those writers in their own writing.
National Standards for English Language Arts
4. Students adjust their use of spoken, written , and visual language
to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences and for different
5. Students employ a wide range of strategies as they write and use
different writing process elements appropriately to communicate with
different audiences for a variety of purposes.
6. Students apply knowledge of language structure, language conventions,
media techniques, figurative language, and genre to create, critique,
and discuss print and nonprint texts.
12. Students use spoken, written, and visual language to accomplish
their own purpose.
National Technology Standards
1. Basic operations and concepts.
-Students demonstrates a sound understanding of the nature and operation
of technology systems.
-Students are proficient in the use of technology.
2. Social, ethical, and human issues.
-Students practice responsible use of technology systems, information,
3. Technology productivity tools
-Students use technology tools to enhance learning, increase productivity,
and promote creativity.
-Students use productivity tools to collaborate in construction technology-enhanced
models, prepare publications, and produce other creative works.
4. Technology communications tools
-Students use telecommunications to collaborate, publish, and interact
with peers, experts, and other audiences.
-Students use a variety of media and formats to communicate information
and ideas effectively to multiple audiences.
||1. Pupils will
write three different types of articles- editorial, sports, and latest
2. Pupil will write Latest News articles as fact based articles, excluding
all opinion. The article will be at least two paragraphs in length
and will not exceed five paragraphs.
3. Pupil will write the Sports article as a mixture of fact and opinion.
The article will be at least three paragraphs and not exceed five.
The first paragraph will present facts only . The second paragraph
will be a mixture of fact and opinion. The remaining paragraph(s)
will be either a mix of fact and opinion or solely opinion.
4. Pupil will write editorial article as an opinion based article
at least three paragraphs in length, not exceeding five paragraphs.
The editorial will be an overview of events that have happened within
the school or community within the past two weeks.
5. Pupil will write at least two rough drafts of their article and
one final copy. All copies will be typed.
6. Pupils will organize the articles in a newspaper format, presenting
first the latest news articles, second the editorial, and third the
7. Pupils will post the newspaper on the school website monthly. It
will be posted on the first Friday of each month. These students will
also be responsible for updating website illustrations.
8. Pupils will work cooperatively in groups of two. Each month the
group will rotate to a different responsibility.
School website that posts a school newspaper
Our school website programmed for our school newspaper
List of predetermined partners
List of predetermined topics
1.Use an overhead projector to read a school newspaper from a different
2.Have the pupils read the different types of articles.
3.Explore the newspaper.
1. Use newspaper for development.
2. Demonstrate that articles are written in different formats.
-Latest News- facts
3. Explain that the class will be creating a school newspaper.
4. Explain the newpaper will contain the three aspects the example
contained: Latest News, Editorial, and Sports. Inform the class that
the articles will appear in this order in the paper.
5. Tell the students they will be working in pairs to create the paper.
Each pair will be responsible for a different aspect. These responsibilities
will be changed monthly.
6. The paper will be posted on the first Friday of every month.
7. Explain the five different responsibilities in creating the paper.
8. Assign partners (pre-arranged)
1. Assign a topic for each of the following: Latest News, Editorial
and Sports (use current events from the school)
2. Allow students ten minutes to come up with "articles".
3. Circulate during the activity
4. Have a few groups share their ideas. Work through them together
as a class.
D. Independent Practice-
1. Divide the pairs into three groups.
2. Assign each group a section (Latest News, Editorial, or Sports)
3. Give each pair a predetermined topic.
4. Pupils will write a rough draft of an article.
E. Accommodations (Differentiated Instruction)-
1. Pre-arranged partners according to ability level.
2. Word perfect: spell check
word prediction software
3. Adaptive keyboard with sticky keys.
4. Oversized displays
F. Checking for understanding-
1. During guided practice, circulate and read the materials the pupils
2. Have pupils read their practice articles aloud.
3. During closure, review the criteria for each section by asking
different pupils in the class.
1. Assign independent practice.
2. Review the criteria for each section of the newspaper.
3. Explain class tomorrow will be spent preparing these articles for
a newspaper- determining which order to place them on the website
and how they will link articles to each other.
||1. The pupils
will have met the criteria for their determined topic. (The correct
number of paragraphs, opinion or fact based, and will remain on the
assigned topic.) They will not be graded at this point.
will be updated daily to determine where to place the focus for the
next day's lesson. I plan to spend a week of class teaching the students
how to create a school newspaper. The topic will be revisited every