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Report on a Reporter



  • Language Arts


  • 3-5
  • 6-8
  • 9-12

Brief Description

Students invite a local newspaper reporter to speak to the class and write a newspaper-style article about the visit.


Students demonstrate abilities to
  • write a business letter and a thank-you letter to a reporter at local newspaper,
  • develop questions to ask a newspaper reporter,
  • use correct sentence structure, grammar, and spelling to write an article.


newspaper, reporter, article

Materials Needed

  • copies of a local newspaper
  • computers with Internet access (optional)
  • paper
  • pens or pencils
  • camcorder or tape recorder to record the visit (optional)

Lesson Plan

  • Tell students that they are going to invite a reporter from a local newspaper to speak to the class.
  • Have students study copies of your local newspaper, paying attention to the names of the reporters who write the articles. Ask them to choose one or more reporters to contact.
  • Work together as a class to write the letter of invitation. If you have Internet access, you may want to send the letter to the newspaper via e-mail.
  • Before the visit, have students brainstorm questions they would like to ask the reporter. Work together as a class to prepare the room for the visit (special decorations, refreshments, etc.).
  • When the reporter arrives, ask permission to record the interview if you plan to do so. As the reporter answers each question, have students write down each answer.
  • After the visit, have each student write a thank-you letter to the reporter. Tell students to include sentences describing what they learned and what they enjoyed most about the visit.
  • Have each student compile the answers to the questions the class posed to the reporter. Help each student write a newspaper-style article about the reporter. Send the completed articles to the reporter with the thank-you notes.


Evaluate students' participation, questions, letters, and articles.

Lesson Plan Source

Education World

Submitted By

Lois Lewis

National Standards

Language Arts: