Learn Writing the Fun Way—Create your own Newspaper!
Explore the newspaper world and learn to write like a reporter while you read your way through American history classics in Americana Newspaper Reporting, a Middle School English Course.
Start with the Anatomy of a Newspaper—become familiar with the different sections of a newspaper.
Learn to be a good reporter, uncovering Who? What? Where? When? Why? How?
You will write several articles as you travel through time in American history.
Learn to write headlines, bylines, photo captions, news articles, features articles, advice columns, classified ads, editorials, and more.
Try your hand at cartoons, including editorial cartoons, ads, and photography.
Next, it’s time to put together your own family, neighborhood, local church, or homeschool co-op newspaper. You will layout and publish your own newspaper with articles, classifieds, ads, editorials, photos, and advice column.
You will read two books per month. Classic literature, of course.
If you can't find all the books on the list or would rather read something else, there is a list of substitutes in the back. This list also includes suggestions for growing readers (a little behind grade level) and advanced readers.
Grammar & Spelling
This course does include learning to use the editing marks that copy editors use, but it does NOT teach grammar or spelling. You will need to purchase an additional grammar and spelling book to supplement this course.
You will complete the following writing assignments:
Bylines & Datelines
Proofread Articles Using Editor Symbols
Letter to the Editor
Movie or Book Review
You will read the following books:
Under Drake’s Flag by G.A. Henty
The Secret Mission: A Huguenot’s Dangerous Adventure in the Land of Persecution by A. Van Der Jagt
Carry On Mr. Bowditch by Jean Latham
The White Seneca by William W. Canfield
John Treegate’s Musket by Leonard Wibberly
Rebel’s Keep by Douglas Bond
The Journeyman by Elizabeth Yates
The House of Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
With Lee in Virginia by G.A. Henty
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Ragged Dick by Horatio Algiers, Jr.
Freckles by Gene Stratten Porter
Julie by Catherine Marshall
The Incredible Journey by Shella Burnford
Where to Purchase
Purchase the Print Book, Americana Newspaper Reporting, on Amazon.
You can purchase the e-book at
PayHip or TeachersPayTeachers.
Series: Homeschooling Middle School to the Glory of God
Author: Meredith Curtis
Publisher: Powerline Productions
Paperback: 251 pages
Age/Grade: Middle School