Lesson Plan: For Teachers: A Newspaper Supplement
Beginning in the 1950s, the federal government chose to take on the role of educating Inuit children in Canada's North. They sent children away from their families to residential schools in southern Canada. The effect of this massive life change was the breakdown of the Inuit family, assimilation of the Inuit into the dominant Canadian culture, and the loss of Inuit culture.
Ask students to bring copies of newspapers to class. Have them read a variety of types of writing and describe the characteristics of each. If necessary, review the structure of each type. For example, explain that an editorial provides an opinion on a topic, a feature is an in-depth analysis of a topic, and a news article reports the facts and answers the 5Ws.
In groups of four, students will create a newspaper supplement based on the information they find in the topic An Inuit Education on the CBC Digital Archives website. Have students examine the topic in depth, then brainstorm in their groups what kinds of writing and art they would like to include in their supplement. They might include an editorial, a feature, a timeline, an editorial cartoon, a news story, and so on.
Groups will choose an editor to be the group leader and divide the tasks they need to complete. Students will begin by using information from the topic site, then gather additional information by using any online or other resources they wish.
Each group will name and create a masthead for its supplement. Group members will edit each other's work and work together to lay out the supplement. Access to publishing software will make their work look professional.
Have students show and explain elements of their supplements and explain how they chose their topics and writing formats. Leave all supplements in the classroom for all students to examine.