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Front Page News


Subject:Language Arts, Ed. Technology
Grade:6-8, 9-12

Brief Description
Students compare and contrast front-page stories from two local or state newspapers.


Students describe the similarities and differences in the contents on the front page of two local or state newspapers.


newspaper, front page, news, local, state, headlines

Materials Needed

  • front pages from two local, regional, or state newspapers with the same date (one set per group)
  • paper
  • pens or pencils
  • computers with Internet access (optional)

Lesson Plan

  • Prior to the lesson, collect the front pages from the same date of two different local, regional, or state newspapers. If you have Internet access, you might locate newspapers in your state at National News Sites or Print out the front pages for a specific date.
  • Divide the class into small groups. Tell students to study the front page of each paper.
  • Have each group complete the Newspaper Comparison sheet and report the results to the class. Tell students to include information about headlines, kinds of stories, use of color, typefaces, and anything else they note to compare and contrast the two newspapers.
  • Have each group present their answers to the class.

Variation: Have students compare national newspapers and/or large metropolitan newspapers.


Evaluate students' answers and presentations.

Lesson Plan Source

Education World

Submitted by

Lois Lewis

National Standards

Language Arts:


Originally published 10/09/2000
Last updated 05/28/2008