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  • Language Arts


  • 3-5
  • 6-8
  • 9-12

Brief Description

Students create stories using words cut from newspaper headlines.


Students put together words to create headlines. Students demonstrate creative thinking and creative writing skills.


newspaper, headlines, news, stories, articles, creative writing

Materials Needed

  • For teacher: newspapers, scissors, large paper bag
  • For students: paper; pens; tape, glue, or paste

Lesson Plan

  • Prior to the lesson, collect newspaper headlines for several days. Cut apart the words in each headline, and put them in a large paper bag.
  • Put a handful of words on each student's desk, or have each student pull at least five words out of the bag.
  • Tell students to put the words together to form a headline and attach the headline to a sheet of paper using tape, glue, or paste.
  • Have each student write a short story or an article to go with the headline.
  • Compile the finished stories into a class "newspaper."

Variations: Have students write stories using words cut from tabloid headlines. For younger students, begin the lesson by discussing the meanings of the words headlines and article. Show students examples of newspaper headlines and articles.


Evaluate students' headlines and articles.

Lesson Plan Source

Education World

Submitted By

Lois Lewis

National Standards

Language Arts: