Teachers of elementary school through high school can design newspaper exercises appropriate for their age group. School systems that are low on funds for providing books and other supplies can make good use of newspapers because they are inexpensive and easily available.
For younger and remedial classes, teachers can use the comics for reading projects, headlines for word identification, and the whole paper to identify famous people. One kindergarten teacher uses newspapers to teach reading and then shows the children how to fold them into hats.
Several (among hundreds) of specific ideas for the classroom include:
* Identify examples of fact, opinion, and rumor.
* Categorize American social values implied by selected display advertisements.
* Find examples of stereotyping in cartoons. Explain why they are not always accurate.
* Collect pictures of the art, musical festivals, costumes, or anything that shows the culture of other nations. File these for use on bulletin boards or posters during your discussion of that country.
* Keep a clipping file on current economic topics for a period of several weeks; for example, on taxes, inflation, unemployment, etc.
* Read the job offers in the classified ad section. What types of jobs are in the greatest demand?
* Place a set of headlines in chronological order.
Who do you think will go down in history? Clip statements from prominent figures in the news today who you think will be famous in years to come.
* Write an editorial advocating a desirable change in the local community.