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Few resources are as
inexpensive yet inherently valuable as the daily
newspaper. For as little as
the loose change in their
pockets, readers can get all their local news, as well as
learn what is going on overseas and, for sports fans,
what happened during last night’s games.
For educators, newspapers can be a valuable teaching
tool as well. Younger kids typically aren’t avid readers,
but newspapers are often reader-friendly, with concise
articles that aren’t as long-winded as chapters in a
book. Teachers hoping to instill a love of reading in
their pupils can put the local newspaper to work in a
variety of ways.
• Teach kids the “5Ws (and the H).” Most adults recall the lesson of the “5Ws
(and the H).” The 5Ws and the H are Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How.
Newspaper articles are typically built around the rule that encourages reporters to
answer these six questions in the first several paragraphs of an article. Teachers
can give their students the newspaper and tell them to identify the 5Ws and the
H. Students are likely to embrace the reader-friendly nature of news articles, and
might just pick up their Mom or Dad’s newspaper around the house as a result.
• Teach the difference between editorials and hard news stories. When using the
newspaper as a teaching tool, teachers can give students two different articles,
one news and one editorial. Before explaining the difference, ask kids to identify
the differences. Chances are, kids will pick up on the main difference, that an
editorial is an opinion piece that uses facts to support an idea, while a news story
simply reports the facts without giving an opinion. This can prove a valuable
lesson for kids to learn, promoting reading comprehension and teaching kids to
question the source of their reading materials in an analytical way.
• Encourage kids to read their favorite sections of the newspaper. Kids are kids,
and they’re may not be interested in the front page stories or most of what’s
included in section A. However, there are sections in every newspaper that can
appeal to kids, and teachers and parents alike should encourage their kids to read
those sections that interest them. The entertainment section might have stories
about kids’ favorite movies, while young sports fans are likely to enjoy articles
about their favorite teams and players. The goal is to get kids excited about
reading, and many parts of the newspaper are filled with articles kids can enjoy.
• Use the local section as a teaching tool. Kids may or may not be interested in
what’s going on in the world’s financial markets or even the nation’s capital. But
the local section is something kids can often relate to, with stories about people
and places they’re familiar with in their own towns. Human interest stories about
local residents doing good deeds or about local businessmen and women setting
trends might give kids a greater sense of pride in their community.
The local newspaper is a wonderful tool for educators to use with their students.
If there’s not one already, teachers should contact their local school board or
even their local paper to see if an agreement can be worked out where teachers
can provide their students with the local newspaper every day.
Ever think it would be cool to have your name and artwork printed in the Hastings Tribune? Well, here's how you can.
The Tribune news staff is looking for fun, colorful artwork to use each day on the front page to show what the daysʼ weather will be.
We need your help!
Simply download this form, print it out, and draw your ideas for the weather
types below in the squares with colors, markers or paints.
(MAKE SURE THEY ARE COLORFUL.)
Return to Hastings Tribune 908 W. Second St., Hastings, NE 68902..
Your artwork, name and age will appear in the Tribune in the next few months.
Thanks for your help!!!