Lesson Plan #: AELP-WCP0041
Submitted by: Amanda Richardson
Endorsed by: P. Sean Smith, Ph. D., Berea College, Berea, KY Date: January 31st, 1998
Grade Level(s): 3, 4, 5
- Language Arts/Writing (composition)
- Language Arts/Journalism
Objectives: Students use what they already know to acquire new knowledge, develop new skills, or interpret new experiences.
Children possess the common nature of needing to be independent. They like to produce things on their own, and when the product is finished, they feel confident from their personal achievement. By creating their own newspaper and having it published on the web, children will build pride and confidence in themselves.
In this lesson, children will create a newspaper on the web. They can choose their own links to news sources, comics, local events, etc. They will be able to modify the paper whenever they like. The students may add their own links and can use their paper as a personalized homepage.
After this lesson, students will:
- create their own newspaper on the web
- access their paper so they may read or modify it
- understand how the resources from newspapers will help them find useful information (such as the local weather and news, school information, newspaper articles, etc.)
- understand how important organization is to a project like creating a newspaper
(Notes: (1) All students participating in this lesson must have their own e-mail account and address. (2) This lesson could be the start of an ongoing lesson each week where the children can modify their own newspapers.)
** Extra: Students could add their school or personal homepage links to their newspaper.
- Students could show their newspapers to the class, one at a time, and share their favorite link with the class.
The students can be observed while they are creating their newspapers. After completion, have all students submit their newspaper URLs and passwords to you, so you can determine if their work was satisfactory (they carefully chose links and added links of their own) or unsatisfactory (a lot of nonsense links and no links of their own). You can determine if the students have followed your directions if you are able to access their papers and see what they have done.
Students’ personal e-mail account addresses