A few months ago, I was teaching some of my elementary students using the excellent Spectrum Writing series. If I remember rightly, we were imagining what it would be like to appear in the newspaper and what such an article might be about. The class was composed exclusively of baseball nuts, so the articles they had in mind all involved themselves winning the world series, hitting multiple homeruns, or throwing a perfect game.
After having written their drafts, a little editing and feedback, it was time to publish their work. The thing was, these kids weren’t *ahem* really into the extra effort it would have taken to actually craft a newspaper out of their work. They needed a little motivation. That’s when I came across these great newspaper templates from PaperZip, a Scottish site with some of the most beautifully made, FREE classroom materials I’ve ever seen.
You can click on the images below to check them out for yourself.
Having something that looked like a real newspaper was great inspiration for the kids to write articles that felt like they were from a real newspaper. They scoured other newspapers at home for ideas, pasted images of real baseball stars, and even wrote additional, unrelated articles to fill up the extra space. There was a certain buzz that the kids got from having these templates.
“Woah!”, I thought. “Where have these been all my life?”
It later started to grow on me that I had stumbled across a chest full of teacher treasures, like these beautiful templates for writing storyboards, fairy tales, postcards, and comic books.
There isn’t yet a huge a selection to choose from (say compared to Super Teacher Worksheets), but what PaperZip lacks in volume, it makes up for in quality. Their files are beautifully crafted, easy to download, and free – never something to be sniffy about. There is even a wonderful blog with plenty of food for thought for teachers wishing to up their game in the classroom.
Scroll down and click on the images to check out just some of the great materials at PaperZip.