6th Grade - Using Newspapers, Magazines And Online Information

 
     
 
     
 
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6th
Research and Technology
Using newspapers, magazines and online information
Identify the structural features of popular media (e.g., newspapers, magazines, online information) and use the features to obtain information.
Understand how to find information in popular media such as newspapers, magazines, and Internet.
 

Sample Problems

(1)

If you wanted to know the weather forecast for tomorrow, where could you find it in a newspaper?

(2)

If you wanted to know Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, how could you find it on the Internet?


(3)

If your teacher gave you homework to read an “editorial,” where could you find one?

(4)

Where could you look in a newspaper to find out what information is in which section?


(5)

List all the kinds of magazines you know.

(6)

What is a headline? What is a byline? What is a caption? What is a URL? What is a masthead? What is a citation?

Learning Tips

(1)

Look through today’s newspaper and make a list of the various sections.

(2)

For each section, list at least 5 articles found there (copy the headlines).

(3)

Rewrite the headlines to express the same information in different words.

(4)

You have to give a presentation at lunch! See how many facts about pizza you can find on the Internet in 20 minutes. Copy the web address (URL) with the information.

(5)

Define the words headline, byline, caption, editorial, masthead, citation, and URL.

Extra Help Problems

(1)

Get a few copies of news magazines and list all the headlines about Barack Obama you can find. Do the same for John McCain. What do you see? Can you learn anything about these candidates just from reading the headlines?

(2)

Go to the websites for Barack Obama and John McCain. What kind of information can you find there? How is it different from what you saw in the magazines?

(3)

Choose one of the candidates and write a brief biography using at least 3 sources.

(4)

Have a family discussion about the upcoming election using what you have learned in your research. Do you and your parents agree on your choice for president?

(5)

What do you feel are the most important issues in the election for kids? How can you find out more about this?

(6)

Create a family newspaper with sections corresponding to your family activities, members, traditions, news, etc. Have family members write articles for your newspaper, including editorials (e.g. “Inflation Does Not Mean a Raise in Your Allowance”)

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