- Analyze newspapers and magazines for journalistic style.
- Recognize signals of opinion and bias in printed materials.
- Summarize articles with main idea and important detail.
- Write articles in both newspaper and magazine style.
Students are assigned to research their favorite musical artist. Along with facts about the musician's life, students must define the category of music performed, some facts about that genre of music and its history. This helps students place their favorite artist in a historical perspective and leads to more objective writing. Students then write a magazine article on that musician and we publish the articles in a class music magazine. I have also had students write a compare/contrast piece on their favorite and least favorite musician in the same genre of music. This extension is extremely popular with students.