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									                        Technology-based LCC Lesson
(Based on the Louisiana Making Connections Lesson Plan)
Title
Newspapers: Creating a You Wouldn’t Want t o Be Classroom Newspaper
Primary Subject Area
English Language Arts
Grade Level
Grades 6-8
Overview
Create a classroom newspaper using technology.

Based upon LCC activities: Grade 6, English Language Arts, Unit 1: Nonfiction-
Newspapers and Magazines
    Activity 3: Parts of a Newspaper
    Activity 12: Publishing a Classroom Newspaper
Grade-Level Expectations (GLEs)
 Grade-Level Expectations (GLEs)
ELA GLEs:
Grade 6: 06a, 06b, 06c, 7, 8, 10, 16c, 17c, 18, 19, 20e, 20g, 21, 25b, 26, 29, 30, 33,
38b, 39a, 39f, 41a, 41b, 44a, 44b, 45a, 46, 48
Grade 7: 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 39, 42, 44
Grade 8: 9, 11, 14,15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 39, 40, 42, 44
Educational Technology Standards (for students)
D. Compose and edit a multi-page document with appropriate formatting using word-
processing skills. (e.g., menu, tool bars, dialog boxes, spell check, thesaurus, page layou t,
headers and footers, word count, margins, tabs, spacing, columns, page orientation) (1, 3, 6)
G. Use multimedia tools and desktop publishing to develop and present computer -generated
projects for directed and independent learning activities. (1,3)
H. Use technology tools (e.g., multimedia authoring, writing tools, digital cameras, drawing tools,
web tools) to gather information for problem solving, communication, collaborative writing and
publishing to create products for various audiences. (1,3,4)
J. Understand Internet concepts (e.g., website, hypertext link, bookmarks, URL addresses) and
apply intermediate on-line searching techniques (e.g., employ keyword, phrases, and Boolean
Operators). (1,4)
M. Determine when technology is useful and select the appropriate tool(s) and technology
resources to address a variety of tasks and problems. (2)
Objectives
TLW develop topics that lead to inquiry, investigation, and written products.
TLW plan, draft, evaluate, revise, and edit news and feature articles.
Lesson Materials and Resources
List all materials and resources that are needed by the student or the teacher to execut e the
lesson
      www.readwritethink.org – Printing Press
       http://interactives.mped.org/view_interactive.aspx?id=110&title
          o Newspaper Layout 1 Handout
          o Newspaper Layout 2 Handout
          o Newspaper Layout 3 Handout
          o Newspaper Layout 4 Handout
              Or
              http://coe.west.asu.edu/students/creuss/ppnewspaper_files/v3_doc
              ument.htm
    Books from the You Wouldn’t Want t o Be Book Series.
    Creating a Classroom Newspaper Handout
    Properties of a Newspaper Article Chart
    Reporting Tips Handout
    Story Feed Back Form
    Microsoft Publisher Newspaper Template
    Rubistar Rubric
      http://rubistar.4teachers.org/index.php
Lesson Procedures
   1. Go the www.readwritethink.org:
      http://interactives.mped.org/view_interactive.aspx?id=110&title
      or
      http://coe.west.asu.edu/students/creuss/ppnewspaper_files/v3_documen
      t.htm
   2. Review the parts of a newspaper using the interactive Printing Press.
      Make sure to review parts: headline, byline, sidebar, column format, etc.
   3. Aft er reviewing the parts of a newspaper, break the students into groups of
      3. Provide each group with a copy of the scoring rubric.
   4. Each group should pick a book from the You Wouldn’t Want to Be Series.
   5. The group will read their book keeping in mind that they will be creating a
      classroom newspaper using that topic of the book.
   6. Each group will create a Newspaper using the provided Microsoft Publisher
      template. Each Newspaper will contain (Creating a Classroom
      Newspaper Handout):
          a. Headline
          b. Main Story
          c. Editorial
          d. Advertisement
          e. Interview
          f. Obituary
          g. Special Interest Story

             Provide each group with a copy of the scoring rubric.
   7. Groups will use the following charts to prepare their newspaper articles
      prior to placing the articles into the Microsoft Publisher template.
          a. Qualities of a Newspaper Article Chart
          b. Newspaper Article Inverted Pyramid Guide
          c. Reporting Tips
          d. Story Feed Back Form
   8. After the group has created their articles have them utilize the Microsoft
       Publisher template to complete their Newspapers.
   9. Each group should present their completed newspapers to the class.
   10. Display newspapers.
Assessment Procedures
    Teacher Observation
    Group Participation
    Rubric from Rubistar for project grading
Accommodations/Modifications
Identify and describe some of the accommodations/modifications that can be made to the
lesson so that students with exceptional needs can more full y participate in the lesson.
    Place special education students into groups with a peer tutor
    Provide students with a storyboard of the newspaper
   Provide websites for book topic
Reproducible Materials
List the names of all handouts that are provided for use with the lesson.
          o Newspaper Layout 1 Handout
          o Newspaper Layout 2 Handout
          o Newspaper Layout 3 Handout
          o Newspaper Layout 4 Handout
          o Creating a Classroom Newspaper Handout
          o Properties of a Newspaper Article Chart
          o Reporting Tips Handout
          o Story Feed Back Form
          o Microsoft Publisher Newspaper Template
          o Rubistar Rubric
Explorations and Extensions
    Give groups a copy of a real newspaper and have them label the parts of
      the newspaper.
    Discuss the difference between online and print newspapers.
Contact Information
Contact information will list your name, school/organization, and e-mail address.
Tammy Seneca
West Baton Rouge Parish Schools
tseneca@wbrschools.k12.la.us

								
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