How to Make Homemade Newspaper Articles

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How to Make Homemade Newspaper Articles
Make your own newspaper. (newspaper image by Christopher Hall from

Get kids excited about writing by encouraging them to create their own newspaper. Work with children to create a family or class newspaper. Ask students to put together a newspaper full of articles about school and community events, interviews with students and teachers, and reviews of recent books they have read for school. Students will enjoy seeing their work appear in a newspaper, complete with headlines and photographs.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Newsprint
  • Printer
  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Rubber cement

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  1. 1

    Type article copy into a word-processing program and format the article so it appears in multiple columns. Columns will make the document look more like a real newspaper article.

  2. 2

    Write a clear, informative headline for the article. Use present tense and active voice, as well as a clear subject and verb. Type the headline in a much larger font than used in the article. Format the headline so that it stretches across all of the columns in the article.

  3. 3

    Print the article out and cut it out carefully with scissors.

  4. 4

    Select a photograph to accompany the article, such as a portrait of the subject of the interview or a photograph of the event the article describes. Type an appropriate caption for the photograph. Identify any people in the image, and provide an informative description of the image's subject matter. Write this description in the present tense.

  5. 5

    Print the photograph and caption and cut them out.

  6. 6

    Paste the article, photograph and caption onto a large sheet of newsprint, along with the newspaper's name and logo and any other articles and pictures you want to include. Experiment with the layout of the articles, headlines and photos before pasting them on the newsprint.

Tips and warnings

  • Look for sheets of newsprint at art supply stores or online.
  • To generate a realistic-looking newspaper clipping, follow the resource link and enter the article copy into the online form.

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