Every year, I am responsible for producing a student newsletter or student newspaper. A few years ago, I decided it would be fun to have the students apply for the open positions.
So, I had over 60 students apply for a few positions with the paper. I had two 8th grade classes of 31 students each and I tried to make the paper work, with a split class, specific jobs, duties, managing editors for each department, and both I and the students were stressed out!
We delivered an beautiful newspaper and charged 5 cents for each paper. The first paper was about 4 pages in length. As the students settled into their jobs, the paper started to grow to 12 pages…we still charged 5 cents. All of the money earned from the paper, went to a charity that the 8th graders chose.
Now, more than 5 years later, my classes are smaller, but I have decided to keep the classes split. So, for the first semester, one class will work on the paper, and the second semester, those students will train the other 8th grade class.
1. Students create a personal letterhead
2. Students typed a formal business letter requesting a particular position, and inserted the document onto their letterhead
3. Students used a simple resume template from MS Word, and submitted a one page resume with an objective stating which position they desired.
The business letters were quite clever, I will post a few here. The resumes were wonderfully written, I will also post some here as well.
Tomorrow, we start writing the paper…
We have 2 students act as “counselors’ and they run an “Ask Abbey and Abe” column and the student body submits anonymous letters to them.
I have photographers that work side by side with reporters in the News, Editorial/Opinion, Entertainment, and Sports departments.
I have 2 comic creators..they create the comic page that includes puzzles and something to color for the primary grades.
I have an Entertainment division that critiques new video games/ movies/ books/ music. And this year, I added “APP MAN” a student who will critique the apps loaded onto the iPads.
It should be a cool first paper….I will try to share it with you.