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Ch 5: Writing for the Media Lesson Plans & Projects

About This Chapter

Refer to our helpful lesson plans to find ways you can teach your English students about writing for the media. In addition to class and extended projects and assignments, you can use video and text lessons to supplement your existing syllabus.

Writing for the Media Lesson Plans & Projects - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, you will find descriptions for ways in which your students can write, edit and critique newspaper and magazine articles. These lesson plans also provide suggestions for extended classroom and homework projects, such as having a journalist guest speaker visit your class and a group project in which students create their own magazine.

In addition, lesson plan outlines include the use of video and text lessons to generate classroom discussion topics and other activities to help students understand what is needed to write for the media. Each of these lessons contain a quiz so you can measure how much your students have learned and where they might need further study.

How It Helps

  • Learning objectives: Helps you meet your objectives to teach your students about aspects of newspaper and magazine writing
  • Common core: Ensures that lesson plans meet common core literacy standards regarding text analysis, sentence structure, point of view and expression of ideas
  • Homework or classwork suggestions: Details ways in which students can practice writing newspaper and magazine articles in and outside the classroom

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning writing for the media lessons easy.

  • Use lesson plan outlines for specific writing for the media topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your English class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related writing for the media lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important aspects of writing for the media.
  • Engage your students with relevant media writing-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

22 Lessons in Chapter 5: Writing for the Media Lesson Plans & Projects
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Introduction to Journalism Lesson Plan

1. Introduction to Journalism Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, your students will be introduced to the goals, methods, and ethics of journalism. They will put these into practice by compiling and summarizing information and presenting it as news.

Mass Media Lesson Plan

2. Mass Media Lesson Plan

What is mass media and how does it factor into everyday life? This lesson plan uses a video lesson to outline key ideas for students. An activity asks students to compare and contrast different mass media outlets.

Newspaper Lesson Plan

3. Newspaper Lesson Plan

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.

How to Write a Newspaper Article

4. How to Write a Newspaper Article

Writing a newspaper article? This task can be more difficult than you anticipated. Read this lesson to discover a simple way to write a successful newspaper article.

Newspaper Activities & Games

5. Newspaper Activities & Games

Are you trying to help your students learn to read the newspaper? The activities and games in this lesson make newspaper reading fun and engaging while also encouraging the development of strong nonfiction reading skills.

Parts of a Newspaper Lesson Plan for Elementary School

6. Parts of a Newspaper Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Use this lesson plan to introduce students to the parts of a standard newspaper. Students will explore a newspaper in an inquiry activity, discuss what they have discovered, and create their own newspaper.

Journalism Projects for High School Students

7. Journalism Projects for High School Students

Journalism is an interesting topic because it spans news and history across the entire spectrum of human experience. Help your students study journalism on a deeper level with these journalism projects, appropriate for high school students.

Magazine Lesson Plan for Elementary School

8. Magazine Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Magazines can be a fun source of entertainment for any age group. Your students will enjoy learning how people collaborate to create magazines as they create magazines together.

How to Write a Magazine Article Lesson Plan

9. How to Write a Magazine Article Lesson Plan

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.

How to Write a Magazine Article

10. How to Write a Magazine Article

Writing a magazine article is a delicate balance between news and story. In this lesson, you will learn how to write a magazine article from start to finish.

~'Wh-~' Questions Activities

11. ~'Wh-~' Questions Activities

Whether your students are working on reading comprehension or pre-writing, they can benefit from practice using the questions who, what, when, why, and where. These activities are appropriate for upper elementary or middle school students, and include reading, writing, and listening exercises.

History of Journalism Lesson Plan

12. History of Journalism Lesson Plan

How has the profession of journalism changed throughout history? A video lesson is used in this lesson plan to explore this very question. An activity will help students compare journalism through the ages.

Broadcast Journalism Lesson Plan

13. Broadcast Journalism Lesson Plan

Broadcast journalism has changed tremendously over the years. Your students will learn about broadcast journalism and its history as they read a text lesson, watch broadcasts, and make and present their own broadcasts.

What is Broadcast Journalism? - Definition & History

14. What is Broadcast Journalism? - Definition & History

In this lesson we discover exactly what is broadcast journalism. An ever-evolving field, we also briefly cover broadcast journalism's history before delving into its functions today.

Ethics of Journalism: Definition, Code & Importance

15. Ethics of Journalism: Definition, Code & Importance

In this lesson, we explore the ethics of journalism. In addition to providing a rough definition of ethical journalism, we also explore its key factors and how they instruct journalists to act.

Investigative Journalism Lesson Plan

16. Investigative Journalism Lesson Plan

This lesson plan is a tool for helping students learn about investigative journalism. Students will learn about careers in investigative journalism and about some investigative journalists who have made a difference.

Investigative Journalism: Definition & Examples

17. Investigative Journalism: Definition & Examples

Journalism has many branches, including investigative journalism. In this lesson, we learn the ins and outs of this intense form of journalism, while examining several examples.

Opinion Writing Lesson Plan

18. Opinion Writing Lesson Plan

Most people have opinions that they would like to share. In this lesson, students will learn how to write a solid opinion essay by following a list of simple steps. Students will also gain practice in writing an opinion piece.

How to Write an Opinion Essay

19. How to Write an Opinion Essay

Writing an opinion essay doesn't have to be a daunting experience. In this lesson you'll learn to follow a few steps to simplify the whole process and remove the complexity of writing opinion essays.

Writing a Feature Article Lesson Plan

20. Writing a Feature Article Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, your students will learn the intricacies of writing a feature article. They will view a video lesson, take a related quiz, and be involved in an experiment that allows them to learn real-world applications.

Letter to the Editor Lesson Plan

21. Letter to the Editor Lesson Plan

Taking action can be difficult. This lesson plan helps you prepare students to write a formal persuasive letter to the editor. Through video instruction, collaborative practice and discussion, students complete their own persuasive letter.

News Report Project Ideas

22. News Report Project Ideas

News report projects are a great way to have students practice research and non-fiction writing. These project ideas are created for middle and high school students and can be incorporated into a variety of classes.

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