(Editor’s note: The following learning activities using the newspaper are geared toward middle school aged children for help with language arts.)
Underline the main idea in a feature story and then outline the story.
Take a picture from the newspaper and remove the explanation beneath it. Write a creative story telling what you think could be going on in the picture.
Make a collage from newspaper pictures and words to show what different things happened in a book you read for class.
After reading a news article, draw a picture of what happened.
Make a poem, using only words you have found and cut out of the newspaper headlines. Glue them onto a piece of paper and illustrate your poem.
Find three examples of facts and three examples of opinions in your newspaper. Discuss how they are different and where you would generally find opinions.
Imagine that you are the main character in a news story. After reading the published account, tell your side of the story.
Keep a notebook of new and unfamiliar words that you find in your newspaper reading. Clip them out, paste them in your notebook and write the definition next to each word.
Read a page of the newspaper and underline all the words and phrases that refer to time. Make a list of all the words and phrases you found.
Clip 10 adjectives from the newspaper. Paste these onto paper and beside each write one synonym and one antonym.