Middle School Science & ELA Resources for Students
What Really Matters by Irene, Eighth Grader (Feature Article) – This news feature article reports on a teenager named Margaret and the challenges she faces in living life with a disability. Pay attention to the details the author uses to paint a picture of Margaret’s life, as well as characterize her.
Student Entrepreneur Reaches for Dreams of the Sky by Julie, Tenth Grader(Feature Article) – “Tenth-grade writer Julie develops her report with plenty of information and quotations from her subject, T. McDowell. Readers get a clear picture of McDowell’s determined business sense as well as his dreams for the future.”
Internet Plagiarism by Dan, High-School Student (Feature Article) – “Dan writes a problem-solution essay that focuses on one of the great temptations of the digital age: stealing intellectual property via the Internet. The essay begins by explaining the problem in detail and then shifts to recommending a set of solutions.” (Side Note: The last line of this is a great example of a powerful takeaway to leave your reader with!)
Brainstorming Your Piece:
Journalism from life – Look no further than your neighborhood, school, or sports team for good ideas. Write about what you know best. Investigate stories in your own backyard!
Be your own worst critic! – Before publishing your article, make sure your research is thorough and well-documented. Scrutinize your words from every possible angle!
So you want to be a reporter? – Read this interview with Pultizer Prize-winning reporter, Nigel Jaquiss, and learn how to document your subject’s paper trail. Follow the prompts and write an investigative story about your school!
Scholastic Write It! Literary Magazine – Write It! accepts journalistic essays that are 500-3,000 words in length. All writing must be school-appropriate. As always, read all submission guidelines before submitting your piece!
Most local newspapers have a place for online submission! As always, check the rules and guidelines for submission. Be sure to let them know you’re a student at a local school!