Learn Writing the Fun Way—Create your own Newspaper!
Explore the newspaper world and learn to write like a reporter while you read your way through American history classics in Americana Newspaper Reporting, a middle school English course. Students start with the Anatomy of a Newspaper—becoming familiar with the different sections of a newspaper and learning about all the different roles involved in reporting, editing, printing, and publishing.
Students will grow as writers this year and they learn the tricks of the trade as young reporters zeroing in on the story behind the facts. Our young investigators will learn to communicate clearly and concisely.
- Learn to be a good reporters, uncovering Who? What? Where? When? Why? How?
- Write several articles as you travel through time in American history.
- Write headlines, bylines, photo captions, news articles, features articles, advice columns, classified ads, editorials, and more.
- Create cartoons, including editorial cartoons, ads, and photography.
- Put together your own family, neighborhood, local church, or homeschool co-op newspaper, including laying out and publishing a newspaper with articles, classifieds, ads, editorials, photos, and advice column.
- Read read two books per month–classic literature, of course.
Note: If you can’t find all the books on the list or would rather read something else, there is a list of substitutes in the back. This list also includes suggestions for growing readers (a little behind grade level) and advanced readers.
About Grammar & Spelling: This course does include learning to use the editing marks that copy editors use, but it does NOT teach grammar or spelling. You will need to purchase an additional grammar and spelling book to supplement this course.
You will complete the following writing assignments:
- Bylines & Datelines
- Proofread Articles Using Editor Symbols
- News Stories
- Letter to the Editor
- Feature Article
- Newspaper Art
- Sports Article
- Food Article
- Comic Strip
- Movie or Book Review
You will read the following books:
- Under Drake’s Flag by G.A. Henty
- The Secret Mission: A Huguenot’s Dangerous Adventure in the Land of Persecution by A. Van Der Jagt
- Carry On Mr. Bowditch by Jean Latham
- The White Seneca by William W. Canfield
- John Treegate’s Musket by Leonard Wibberly
- Rebel’s Keep by Douglas Bond
- The Journeyman by Elizabeth Yates
- The House of Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne
- The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
- Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
- With Lee in Virginia by G.A. Henty
- Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
- Ragged Dick by Horatio Algiers, Jr.
- Freckles by Gene Stratten Porter
- Julie by Catherine Marshall
- The Incredible Journey by Shella Burnford
This course covers 1 credit of middle school English grades 5-8.
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