Website review by Michelle Warrence-Schreiber, Common Sense Education | Updated February 2012

Scholastic Kids Press Corps

Captivate classes with real journalism for kids, by kids

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5–8 This grade range is based on learning appropriateness and doesn't take into account privacy. It's determined by Common Sense Education, not the product's publisher.
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English Language Arts, Social Studies, Character & SEL, Critical Thinking
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Pros: The kid-friendly content is really high-quality and covers a wide range of newsworthy topics.

Cons: You'll have to come up with your own classroom ideas; no extension activities accompany these great stories.

Bottom Line: It's well worth your while to use this appealing news site to get kids motivated about journalism.

Not only is the content appealing to kids, but kids are also encouraged to apply to become a reporter for the Student Press Corps. Your students can fill out applications and read tips from well-known journalists.

You could easily integrate Scholastic Kids Press Corps articles into your classroom to inspire budding journalists or to enhance a history or current events class. The site offers suggestions for creating a school newspaper and how to develop the skills that go along with it: brainstorming, research, interviewing, and, finally, writing the story.

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The Scholastic Kids Press Corps is a  website featuring articles written by Scholastic's team of 50 Kid Reporters. These 10- to 14-year-old reporters address current events, breaking news, entertainment, sports events, and news from their hometowns. Their special interest stories range from author interviews, profiles of historical characters, and notable people from the present (including the Obamas) to book trailers and national issues.

Kids can click around the site to visit different sections and read news reports and blogs or watch videos. Visitors can browse the site's sections: Kid Reporter Interviews, Healthy Kids, National News, Kids Read, Movies, TV, Music, Tips from the Pros, Sports, and The Election. The content of the articles is interesting to kids and extremely varied. Readers can learn about celebrities, recipes, current events, sports, and much more.

As a news resource, Scholastic Kids Press Corps enables kids to sift through information by category and read or watch the pieces that speak to them on their level. The navigation is easy, and the content is kid-appropriate. Kids who are interested in journalism, writing, and broadcasting can apply to be part of the Scholastic Kids News Press Corps team -- they'll share a biography and a 400-word story about the uniqueness of his or her community, including one interview and quotes. That's a great exercise in itself!

In an age when just about anyone can feel like a broadcaster by uploading a YouTube video or call themselves a journalist by writing a blog, it’s refreshing to see a website that encourages kids to learn the tools of the journalism trade. The efforts and enthusiasm of the carefully selected Press Corps converge to create an informative and entertaining news site that speaks to tweens and teens on a level they can definitely understand.

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Engagement Would it motivate students and hold their interest? Is it visually appealing? Would it inspire teachers to try something new or change their instruction?

The site has interesting articles with appealing visuals. It's well-designed and includes videos and slides that should keep kids coming back.  

Pedagogy Does the tool help teachers promote a more student-centered experience? Will students gain conceptual understanding or think critically? Does it deepen teachers’ pedagogical thinking?

Content is current, interesting, and well-presented. Kids will engage in critical thinking, can transfer information about what they read to other real-world situations, and become empowered by what they learn about their world.

Support Can students and teachers get assistance when they need it? Is it created with people of different abilities and backgrounds in mind? Is learning reinforced and extended beyond the digital experience?

Its reading level is accessible to kids with a range of reading abilities. However, the site is primarily text-based, which could be a challenge for some English-language learners and kids with reading challenges.


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Bill G. , Other
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Kansas State University
Salina, United States
A busy commercial website with stale blog content
"I like the idea of kids interviewing important people and writing for their peers. I disliked the ever-present advertisements. I disliked the confusing navigation. I didn't care for the outdated content. Evidently we are still on the road to the 2012 election. When I found the author interviews, the first one mentioned was with Katherine Paterson because a movie was forthcoming based on her book Bridge to Terabithia. That was in 2007 - six years ago! The articles are written by kids and read like it t ...
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