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News Writing: A Writing With Writers Activity

Let the Scholastic News editorial team guide your students through the process of writing a compelling news story.


3–5, 6–8

Activity Type

  • Writing Activities

In theNews Writing with Scholastic Editorsonline activity (grades 4–12), students learn to write engaging, accurate news articles. With examples and advice from the Scholastic News editorial team, students can learn the guidelines and publish their news articles online.

This five-step workshop includes:

  • Step 1: Read News: Students read two examples of news writing — a news story and a feature article.
  • Step 2: Getting Started: The Executive Editor of Scholastic News shares how to come up with a topic and interview people.
  • Step 3: Writing Techniques: It’s time to write! The Managing Editor of Junior Scholastic offers some thoughts on how to get started.
  • Step 4: Headlines and Revisions: The Senior Editor of The New York Times Upfront, Scholastic's news magazine for teenagers, shares how to choose a headline, and offers seven guidelines on effectively revising a first draft.
  • Step 5: Publish Online: Once students are done writing and revising, they can submit their final work to for publishing!


For more inspiration, students can Read Student Writing — dozens of news articles written by students from across the country.


Learning Objectives

In the course of participating in the "News Writing with Scholastic Editors" activity, students will:

  • Follow the writing process to create original writing.
  • Use web technology to post original writing online.
  • Understand how to review and revise their own writing.
  • Learn to think critically and objectively about their reading.
  • Learn to review and revise their own writing.
  • Produce written work to show evidence of knowledge of the different genres.

Susan Cheyney

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