ERIC Number: ED312634
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Nov-12
Reference Count: 0
Incorporating the Newspaper into Basal Lessons.
A great deal can be taught using the newspaper because this medium contains a variety of information in a number of differing formats. Straight news and sports stories can be used to teach or reinforce the skills of attending to detail, comparing and contrasting, categorizing, determining the main idea, understanding vocabulary, sequencing, establishing a purpose for reading, cause and effect, drawing conclusions/predicting outcomes, critical reading, and dictionary skills. The editorials are well suited to teach and reinforce the skill of distinguishing between fact and opinion. Skills which can be taught or reinforced through the use of the editorial cartoons include: making inferences, drawing conclusions, understanding symbols, summarizing, and critical thinking. The classified ads, comics, and the index can also be used to teach and reinforce basic reading skills. The ability to read and interpret the visual displays presented in newspapers is important if students are to become independent learners and thinkers. The key to using the newspaper to enhance instruction lies in teachers' abilities to be creative and in their abilities to see a match between the objective to be taught and the type of article which best fits the intended objective. (MG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Indiana University Fall Language Arts Festival (Bloomington, IN, November 12, 1989).