GradesK-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Students write headlines expressing the main idea of a group of de-headed news stories.
current events, news, newspaper, headline, main idea
newspaper articles without headlines (See detailed instructions in Lesson Plan section.)
(Students can work on this activity individually, in pairs, or in small groups.) Collect from your local newspaper, or from some of the online resources listed at the end of this section, a wide variety of news articles that will be of interest to your students. Photocopy the articles and cut off the headlines.
Distribute the photocopies of the de-headed articles, and have students write a headline reflecting the main idea of the assigned article. Provide time for students to share their news stories and headlines with their classmates.
Post all the original headlines in an accessible place; have students select that headline that goes with the article they read. Explore the following questions with students: Do the students' headlines match the actual headline? Do they express the same idea as the newspaper headlines? Are the student-written headlines an improvement on the actual headlines?
Newspapers are the best resource for this activity, but teachers might use some of the following online news sites as sources:
Provide five news stories without headlines, and challenge each student to write headlines for all five stories. At least four of five headlines should correctly identify the main idea of the news story.
Lesson Plan Source
LANGUAGE ARTS: EnglishSOCIAL SCIENCES: Civics