Newspaper Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Walk your students through the steps of writing a newspaper article with this lesson plan. Students will read our informational lesson explaining what a newspaper is and how to write an article, then put concepts to the test in a writing activity.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define and explain the components of a newspaper
  • discuss the steps necessary to write an article for a newspaper
  • work in cooperative groups to identify components of a newspaper


50 minutes for the lesson plus time for the activity


Key Vocabulary

  • Structure
  • Topic sentence
  • Closing sentence
  • Title
  • Byline
  • Content

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.9-10.1

Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.9-10.5

Analyze in detail how an author's ideas or claims are developed and refined by particular sentences, paragraphs, or larger portions of a text (e.g., a section or chapter).

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.9-10.6

Determine an author's point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how an author uses rhetoric to advance that point of view or purpose.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.9-10.1

Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9-10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.


  • Divide students into partner pairs and give each a newspaper article for analysis. Allow students to look at the article in an open-ended way without specific guidance, recording what they notice.
  • Have students share their observations about the newspaper article and discuss.
  • Tell students that newspaper articles have common styles and strategies for creating. Preview vocabulary, then distribute the lesson How to Write a Newspaper Article.
  • Have students read the first section 'Newspaper' and discuss:
    • Is the newspaper a dying art?
    • What value does a newspaper still have? What was its value prior to the internet?
  • Read 'Step 1: Structure' together. On chart paper, list the components of a newspaper article.
  • Next have groups revisit their newspaper article to locate and identify each component and highlight/label.
  • When groups are finished, have them combine with another pair to share and discuss their article components. Encourage students to check and discuss one another's work.
  • Read 'Step 2: Content' and ask groups to determine the who, what, when, why, where, and how of their articles. When finished, combine into new groups to check.
  • As student groups work walk around to offer suggestions and make sure groups are on task.
  • Have students read 'Step 3: Other Information' and repeat the identification/checking process.
  • Read the 'Lesson Summary' together and administer the quiz to check for understanding. Reteach if necessary.

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