Reading to Learn
To use the newspaper to improve student listening and reading
Newspapers, color pictures, construction paper, collection or
1. Hold up a large color picture from the newspaper or elsewhere,
sure everyone in the class gets a good look at it. After about 30
put the picture face down and ask students to jot down everything they
can remember about it.
Compare lists. Talk about how easy it is to look at something without
paying attention to it. Ask students if they ever have had a similar
with listening or reading.
- Tell students that you are going to use a game to help them
comprehension skills. Read an interesting story from the newspaper, and
ask students (individually or in teams) to answer questions about it.
might be based on the 5Ws and H-the who, what, when, where, why and how
of the story. See which students or teams can recall the most. Try this
activity with other stories as well.
- Give students a list of 10 categories: sports, fashion, school
celebrities, etc. Have them choose the two or three that interest them
- Set up five learning stations, each containing news stories from
category. The articles for that category can be mounted on construction
paper; questions about the article should appear on the reverse side.
can go to the station of their choice and read the articles, testing
own comprehension with the questions. Change the articles every week or
Pressley, Michael. The Elementary School Journal. The
of Chicago. 1989. pgs1-27
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