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Media Studies - 3rd

Exploring Media: Creating a Classroom Newspaper

Title: Exploring Media: Creating a Classroom Newspaper

Compliance: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.2, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.4, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.6)

Subject: Media Studies

Summary: This activity engages third-grade students in exploring media by creating their own classroom newspaper. They will learn about different types of media, analyze news articles, and develop their writing and critical thinking skills.

Topic: Creating a Classroom Newspaper

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the concept of media and its different forms.
  • Analyze news articles to identify key elements.
  • Develop writing skills by creating news articles.
  • Enhance critical thinking skills by evaluating news articles.


This activity will be conducted over a series of sessions, allowing students to explore media, analyze news articles, and create their own classroom newspaper. The following steps outline the methodology:

  1. Introduction to Media: Begin by discussing the concept of media with the students. Explain that media includes various forms such as newspapers, television, radio, and the internet. Show examples of different types of media and discuss their purposes.
  2. Analyzing News Articles: Provide students with a selection of news articles from different sources. Guide them in analyzing the articles by identifying the headline, lead, main body, and conclusion. Discuss the importance of factual information, reliable sources, and unbiased reporting.
  3. Brainstorming News Topics: Engage students in a brainstorming session to generate news topics for their classroom newspaper. Encourage them to think about events happening in the school, local community, or topics of interest to their peers.
  4. Research and Writing: Assign each student or group of students a news topic. Provide resources such as books, websites, or interviews to gather information. Instruct students to write their news articles, ensuring they include the key elements discussed earlier.
  5. Editing and Peer Review: Allocate time for students to edit their articles for grammar, spelling, and clarity. Encourage peer review, where students exchange articles and provide constructive feedback to improve their writing.
  6. Layout and Design: Introduce students to the concept of layout and design in newspapers. Discuss the importance of headlines, subheadings, images, and captions. Provide templates or guide students in creating their own newspaper layout.
  7. Publication and Presentation: Once the articles are finalized and the layout is complete, compile the articles into a classroom newspaper. Print copies for each student and display them in the classroom. Allow students to present their articles to the class, sharing their research and writing.


To assess the students' learning, you can use the following methods:

  • Observation: Observe students' engagement, participation, and understanding throughout the activity.
  • Written Reflection: Ask students to write a reflection on their experience creating the classroom newspaper, highlighting what they learned about media and the process of creating news articles.
  • Peer Evaluation: Encourage students to evaluate their peers' articles based on the key elements discussed. Provide a rubric or guidelines for assessment.

By the end of this activity, students will have a deeper understanding of media, its different forms, and the process of creating news articles. They will have developed their writing skills, critical thinking abilities, and gained hands-on experience in media studies.

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Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.2, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.4, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.6)

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