Teaching Tip: Daily News


Daily News is a great way to open a day, transition to a new lesson, or start a new period.  It can take from 5-30 minutes depending on your needs.  You will be creating community by asking volunteers to share about their lives and modeling correct language usage by writing what they share.  Here are the steps:

1) Ask volunteers to share some news from their lives.

2) Teacher writes news sentence(s) on chart paper, alternating marker colors for each new entry.  For example, “My sister won a prize yesterday.”  (This can also be done on a SmartBoard, computer with LCD projector, or overhead projector).  Stop asking for volunteers and recording when time is up or you’ve filled the page.

3) Using a third marker color or a color you always use for a particular part of speech or part of sentence, ask volunteers to circle to target words or phrases. (e.g. underline the nouns in green)  For example, “My sister won a prize yesterday.”

The accumulated Daily News pages can be bound into a big book with a packing tape binding (or a smaller book of printed pages) after you’ve collected enough pages.

Daily News is one of my favorite language experience activities Kindergarten-Adult.  Try it and watch engagement and language learning soar!

A pocket chart with sentence strips is a great way to do Daily News.  The sentence strips can be cut into word strips and students can work with them to discover language rules and forms.

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Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen
Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen


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