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Activity Overview

Retelling the events of a story can be done in fun and creative ways. One of these is by creating the front page of a newspaper! This can be done for any book, though historical fiction books may allow students to also "report" on important events that would have affected the life of characters. In this activity, students will retell key events from the story as if it were a newspaper. They should add a catchy headline, create images, and write descriptions for each to imitate the look of the front page of a newspaper highlighting the key events of the story.

To add additional templates to this assignment, check out our newspaper project templates. Teachers may choose to scaffold or tailor this assignment by having students create text for pictures the teacher has created on the template, or by assigning students specific events to cover. Be sure to update the student instructions as necessary!

Template and Class Instructions

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Objective: Create the front page of a newspaper to describe key events from the book.

Student Instructions:

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Identify key events from the book that would make it on the front page.
  3. Write a captivating headline.
  4. Add appropriate characters, items, and scenes to create at least one appealing picture on the front page that helps illustrate your event.
  5. Write a description of the story in the text boxes.


  1. Headline.
  2. Picture(s)
  3. Minimum one paragraph to describe the event.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level --- N/A ---

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual

Type of Activity: Newspaper Posters

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RH/9-10/3] Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/CCRA/R/1] Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/CCRA/R/7] Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/CCRA/R/9] Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.


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