Grab a newspaper and make plans to talk about journalism next week. October 7–13 is National Newspaper Week. Sponsored by the Newspaper Association Managers, the celebration draws attention to the role that newspapers play in daily life. Explore newspapers with students with lesson plans on creating newspapers, letters to the editor, and other journalism topics.
For more literacy activities, check out the calendar entries, lesson plans, and classroom activities below.
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From the Calendar
- October 1: Find favorite book picks in the Children's Choices. Students create lists of their favorite books and then the class creates a “Top Picks” class booklist. Students can use the Book Cover Creator to create a book jacket for their favorite book. (For grades K–6)
- October 1: Author Tim O’Brien was born on this day. After reading O’Brien’s story “A True War Story” from The Things They Carried, students choose a powerful event from their own lives and map it using the Timeline Tool. They then create a fictional version of this event. (For grades 9–12)
- October 2: Thurgood Marshall was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1967. After discussing a statement made by Thurgood Marshall, students consider each piece of the comment and create a K-W-L chart to begin an investigation with other resources. (For grades 7–12)
- October 3: Gwendolyn Brooks published Bronzeville Boys and Girls in 1956. After students have read and discussed several poems from Brooks’ collection, they create a poetry anthology for their own family, neighborhood, or classroom. (For grades 3–12)
- October 4: Edward Stratemeyer, creator of book series such as Nancy Drew, was born on this day in 1862. Students select several books from one of Stratemeyer’s series to read, discuss shared elements in the books, and use the 3-Circle Venn Diagram to compare story elements. (For grades 3–8)
- October 6: The Jazz Singer debuted on this day in 1927. Students think about the sound in a movie they have seen multiple times. Then students predict what sounds they expect to hear in a short scene from a film with the sound turned down. (For grades 5–12)
- In October, find lesson plans and activities on Children’s Choices, Columbus Day, Black Poetry Day, the National Day on Writing, and more!
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