Secondary Smorgasbord - Happy Hour - Writing Freebie

So excited to be linking up with the inaugural Secondary Smorgasbord Linky!!  A great way to connect and see what other Secondary teachers are doing in their classrooms.  Be sure to hop over to the ELA Buffet or Desktop Learning Adventures to see what other great bloggers have linked up and grab some great resources at the same time.

Here's a freebie activity that can be adapted for many different subjects and themes.  Students are asked to write a themed newspaper about a topic of their choice.  A great activity for expository writing OR change the topic to suit your needs.  Students could write about an event in history, a scientific discovery, an invention, a current event... Includes all templates and even a marking rubric!!

Have fun discovering more freebies in the Secondary Smorgasbord Linky!!



  1. What a great way to give students some "freedom of expression". =) Have you ever compiled them for a Sunday edition? Thanks for sharing this fun idea!

  2. I love this! What a fabulous opportunity for students to learn the difference between Fact and Opinion as they compose their newspapers. And it promotes cross-curriculum learning and projects, which is always a terrific learning experience.


  3. Hi Addie!! So glad you joined the Secondary Smorgasbord with us! Your freebie is adorable and I am sending it on the faculty at my school.

  4. I'm reading a great book on using nonfiction resources, and this activity is a perfect fit!

  5. This is a great idea, Addie! I like that it can be adapted to students at a variety of levels. I used a newspaper-themed assignment for my grade 10 students as an ongoing project a few years ago. Then, by the end of the year, they had written a variety of events that spanned the semester which they handed in as one final project.

  6. Love your ideas Addie :) It is great to see a link-up just for 6-12 teachers!


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