Students designed advertising for the special annual section.
The project is part of the Newspaper in Education program, which promotes interaction of students with newspapers.
Several schools and advertisers in Avoyelles participated.
As part of the NIE program, the following tips are also offered on how to get students involved with newspapers;
Elementary school levels
1. Have students race through the newspaper! Give them five minutes. See how many numbers from 1-25 they can find. Have them circle each as they find it.
2. Have students write a cut and paste poem or story using words clipped from the headlines of the newspaper.
3. Select six headlines from the pages of the newspaper. Cut apart the words from those headlines. Using your words create new sentences. Identify the nouns, verbs and adjectives in the sentences.
4. Students choose a picture from the newspaper and write a story about it. Post on the bulletin board or make a class book.
5. Cut out the letters of the alphabet from the newspaper headlines to spell both your first and last name. Mount them on paper. Write a make-believe story about yourself for the newspaper.
6. Using the classified ads, find prices of cars that are equal to, greater than, or less than $9999.00.
7. Find and clip numbers of the same size and paste them to a paper plate to make a face clock. Find examples of numbers used to tell time in the newspaper.
8. Have students find different geometric shapes in the newspaper, i.e., squares, circles, rectangles. Color each shape a different color.
9. Print and circle all the singular nouns and pronouns in a news article in red and all plural nouns and pronouns in blue.
10. Print and circle the largest and smallest numbers on a newspaper page. Subtract the two numbers you have found. Add the two numbers.
Middle/High school levels
1. Pretend you are living in a society in which there are no newspapers. Make a list of all the functions provided by the newspaper.
2. Every week, check through the job listings and put a red X through those jobs that could not be filled by a high school dropout. Put a black X through those that could not be filled by a person with a technical school or college training. Discuss your findings.
3. Choose an editorial and read it carefully. Decide which statements or parts of the statements are facts, which are opinion, and whether or not the tone of the editorial is conservative or liberal. Watch for upcoming issues to see if there is any reaction to the editorial on the letters to the editor page.
4. Have students compare and contrast headlines from all over. A great lesson and one that can be extended to compare art, cartoons, entertainment and sports stories.
5. Set up a Q and A board in your classroom. Every week ask 3 or 4 learners to submit a question for the board. You can set a theme (e.g. sports questions, grammar questions, movie questions) or leave it open. Check the questions for accuracy and post them up. During the week ask other learners to look at the questions (as they arrive in class, just before the end of class, if they finish early) and try write a response to one of them. They should post their answers under the relevant question. You can do this using 'Post It' notes, as the questions and answers should be relatively short.