Grade 5

Reading News Online

What are the important parts of an online news article?

Kids find and read news in lots of different ways. But studies show they're not very good at interpreting what they see. How can we help them get better? Teaching your students about the structure of online news articles is an important place to start.

Students will be able to:
  • Understand the purposes of different parts of an online news page.
  • Identify the parts and structure of an online news article.
  • Learn about things to watch out for when reading online news pages, such as sponsored content and advertisements.
Key Vocabulary: article  ·  commercial  ·  news
a written story in a newspaper, magazine, or online news site
intended to make money
new information about recent or important events
News & Media Literacy
This lesson meets standards for Common Core ELACASELAASLand ISTESee standards
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15 mins.
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Lesson Plan

45 mins.
Extension Activity:

Use the Deceptive Detective Poster as a springboard for further discussion about how to identify trustworthy news sources online.

What You'll Need

Scissors and glue ·  Blank paper  
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Classroom resources

  • Lesson Slides
  • Video: Reading News Online
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  • Student Handout: Mix & Match Cards Student Version
  • Student Handout: Label A News Page Student Version
  • Lesson Quiz

Take-home resources