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Newspapers have been around since Roman politician, and general Julius Caeser printed the Acta Diurna on papyrus in 59 B.C. to trumpet his military successes.
Papers have been widely read in the U.S. since this country's earliest days when the Founding Fathers and others used them to advance their political agendas and smear their opponents.
Even today, with declining newspaper sales as people look more to digital news sources, over 31 million newspapers are printed daily.
Use these printable newspaper worksheets, to introduce students to terms that describe the publishing process for the fourth estate, a somewhat outdated term used to describe the press.01of 09
Vocabulary - Freedom of SpeechNewspaper Vocabulary. Beverly Hernandez
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Introduce your students to the terminology associated with newspapers using this vocabulary worksheet. Students should use a dictionary or the Internet to define each word.
Freedom of speech is one of the most important concepts you can teach with this worksheet. For example, use this compilation of articles about freedom of speech and expression compiled by one of the country's top newspapers: "The New York Times."02of 09
Word Search - A Bit of HistoryNewspaper Wordsearch. Beverly Hernandez
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One of the words in this word search puzzle is "funnies," which refers to the comic strips found in newspapers. These comic strips are often known as the funny pages. The Sunday comics are full-color comic strips which first appeared in the Sunday edition of papers in the late-19th century shortly after the invention of the color printing press.
The crossword puzzle is many people's favorite part of modern newspapers. The first crossword puzzle published in a newspaper appeared in a British paper in 1924.03of 09
Crossword Puzzle - The EditorialNewspaper Crossword Puzzle. Beverly Hernandez
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This crossword puzzle can help students learn essential journalism terms such as "editorial," which Google describes as a newspaper article written by or on behalf of an editor or editorial board that gives the newspaper's opinion on a topical issue. Many students may not realize that an editorial is an opinion piece, not a news story. Take time to discuss the difference with students.04of 09
Challenge - The CaptionNewspaper Worksheet. Beverly Hernandez
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This worksheet will help students understand that a caption in newspapers is generally a brief description of an accompanying photo, image or illustration. After they have completed the printable, distribute pictures to students - either those you have cut out of newspapers beforehand, photos, or even postcards - and have them write captions for the images. It's a tricky process: Some larger newspapers even have dedicated caption writers.05of 09
Alphabet ActivityNewspaper Alphabet Activity. Beverly Hernandez
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Have students fill out this alphabet activity sheet, where they place the newspaper-themed words in correct alphabetical order. But don't stop there: Go over each of the terms, write them on the board, and have students write the definition of each word without using a dictionary. This activity will show how well they know the concepts.
The 5 W's and HNewspaper Worksheet. Beverly Hernandez
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Use this printable as a springboard to help you conduct a lesson on one of the essential concepts in journalism, the who, what, when, where and why in of a story. The worksheet also covers one more concept, how, an often overlooked issue in articles.07of 09
Write a StoryNewspaper Theme Paper. Beverly Hernandez
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This newspaper theme paper gives students a chance to write what they've learned about newspapers. Extra credit: Print a second blank copy of this page for each student and have them write a brief newspaper article using the 5 W's. If needed, present a few sample topics students can write about.08of 09
The Newspaper StandNewspaper Stand Coloring Page. Beverly Hernandez
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Involve younger students by having them complete this coloring page. If you and your students live in a smaller community, explain that even today many cities sell newspapers and magazines at stands often located near city sidewalks. Prepare ahead of time by finding and printing pictures of newspaper stands or have students look up "newspaper stand" on the internet.09of 09
Extra! Extra! Coloring PageNewspaper Coloring Page. Beverly Hernandez
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Use this coloring page to explain how newspapers were once sold in this country. For older students, explain how Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst once waged fierce circulation wars at the end of the 19th century, employing thousands of youngsters to hawk newspapers on New York City's streets. The term "extra" refers to a special edition of a newspaper printed to announce some extraordinary news that occurs after the paper's regular press time.