Looking at Newspapers: Introduction - Lesson Lesson Plan


Level: Grades 2 to 4


This lesson was created by elementary educator Ginie Waller. Parts of this lesson have been adapted from News and Stuff, by Don Hale (1996), produced by the Ontario Newspaper in Education Association.


The newspaper offers a fun and useful tool to learn about the workings of print media. In this lesson, students learn basic information about newspaper journalism through guided class discussion and group and individual activities. Topics include the front page, what's inside the paper, how to find information, and what elements make up a newspaper story.

Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate:

  • an awareness of the different sections of a newspaper
  • an ability to dissect and understand the "news" story in newspapers
  • an awareness of the different types of newspaper stories
  • an awareness of how journalists and editors can "slant" a story
  • a developing ability to compose short newspaper stories

This lesson and all associated documents (handouts, overheads, backgrounders) are available in an easy-print, pdf kit version.

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