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Personal Newspaper


English Language Arts (NYS P-12 Common Core)

Grade Levels

Elementary, 4th Grade


In this activity, students will be writing different articles for the front page of each person's personal newspaper. Additionally, students will be drawing pictures for the newspaper.

Essential Question

What can you tell me about yourself?

Key Vocabulary


Activating Strategy

Have you ever read the newspaper? What kind of information was in the newspaper?

Teaching Strategy

* Name your newspaper

* Date your newspaper

* You will read at least 4 books to do with Native Americans to be able to fill out the Critic's Corner

CRITIC'S Corner - Write the title of the book that you chose to critique - Write the author of the book - Write a mini review of the book - Rate your book by giving it between 1 and 5 stars - Color in the number of stars that you gave your book

THE INSIDE SCOOP - Read each line then fill in the blanks - make sure to read and answer the last line correctly

PICTURE WITH CAPTION - Draw or paste a picture of yourself in the space provided - Write a caption to go with the picture

TOON TIME - Draw a cartoon in the space provided that tells something about yourself

MEET MY HERO - Draw or attach a picture of your hero in the space provided - Write your hero's name in the space provided with knights around it - Write a mini article about your hero

AWESOME AD - Create an ad for your favorite Native American movie

EXCLUSIVE STORY - Write a news story about an important event in your life - Be sure to include; who, when, where, why, and how

Guided Questions

CRITIC"S CORNER - What are some of the Native American theme books that you have read? Which one did you like the best?

THE INSIDE SCOOP - Who is your favorite teacher? What is your favorite sport or your favorite food? What is a nickname that you like to be called?

PICTURE WITH CAPTION - Tell me something about you in the picture. What would you like people know about you, if they were reading your paper?

TOON TIME - What are some things that you like to do? -Sports, Hobbies

MEET MY HERO - Who is someone that you look up to? someone that inspires you? Why is this person your Hero? What did this person do to make them your hero?

AWESOME AD - Tell me some good Native American theme movies that you have watched. Why did you like this movie? Was it the characters, music, action, horror, comedy?

EXCLUSIVE STORY - Tell me about an important event in your life. Why is this important? When did it happen? Who else was involved?

Summarizing Strategy

Did you enjoy making you own newspaper?
Each student will have their own newspaper to take home


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