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Family News

Help your child grow as a writer — encourage him to create a family newspaper.
 

Learning Benefits

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Writing
Reading Comprehension

What you need:

What to do:

  1. Begin by looking at a newspaper together. Look at headlines, pictures, and captions. Talk about how each provides information. 
  2. Now it's time to report on your own family's news — just like reporters who write stories for the newspaper. If you are having difficulty thinking of topics, make a list together of things that have gone on with your family that week. You can consider sports, hobbies, family get-togethers, visitors, trips, books, birthdays, or even embarrassing or funny moments! 
  3. Fill in your family news using the My Family News form. (To print this, you will need Adobe® Acrobat Reader, version 4.0 or higher. If you do not have this software already, click here to download a FREE copy.) 
  4. You can share My Family News with an audience. This might be family members or friends. If you have access to a photocopier, you might even make copies to share with relatives who live far away.

From Hands-on Homework Pages by Joan Novelli 
(Scholastic Professional Books)

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