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How to Write a Magazine Article Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

What are the essential steps in writing a magazine article? This lesson plan explains this with a text lesson that lays out key steps and an activity that asks students to put their pens to paper.


1.5 to 2.5 hours

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • summarize the process of writing a magazine article
  • list the key parts of a magazine article

Curriculum Standards


Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.


Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1-3 above.)


With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on how well purpose and audience have been addressed. (Editing for conventions should demonstrate command of Language standards 1-3 up to and including grade 7 here.)



  • Begin by asking students to brainstorm at least ten potential writing topics that are of interest to them.
  • Now give students some time to share their brainstormed lists with the class.
  • Pass out the paper copies of the text lesson to the class, one per student.
  • Instruct the class to read the introduction, 'Background' and 'Getting an Idea' sections of the text lesson now.
    • Based on what the text lesson states about 'Getting an Idea', how many of your ideas are viable as the basis for writing a magazine article?
  • Give students some time to refine their lists of ideas.
  • Have the class read the 'Introduction', 'The Lead' and 'The Nut Graph' sections of the text lesson now.
    • Why are 'the lead' and 'the nut graph' essential parts of a magazine article?
    • What might happen if one of the elements of the introduction were not included in a magazine article?
  • Tell the class to read the rest of the text lesson now.
    • Tell students to review their lists of ideas and write in the type of article that would be most appropriate for each idea based on the options presented in the text lesson.
    • Now take a few minutes to formulate a potential ending sentence or statement for each of the topics on your list.
  • Pass out the worksheet and ask students to work independently to complete it.
  • Review the worksheet as a class, fully discussing each question and answer.

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