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Learn Writing the Fun Way—Create your own Newspaper!

Explore the newspaper world and learn to write like a reporter while you read your way through American history classics in Americana Newspaper Reporting, a Middle School English Course.

Start with the Anatomy of a Newspaper—become familiar with the different sections of a newspaper.


Learn to be a good reporter, uncovering Who? What? Where? When? Why? How?

You will write several articles as you travel through time in American history.

Learn to write headlines, bylines, photo captions, news articles, features articles, classified ads, editorials, sports articles, food articles, and reviews.

Try your hand at cartoons, including editorial cartoons, ads, and photography.

Next, it’s time to put together your own family, neighborhood, local church, or homeschool co-op newspaper. You will layout and publish your own newspaper with articles, classifieds, ads, editorials, photos, and advice column.


You will read two books per month. Classic literature, of course.

You will read the following books: 

  • Under Drake’s Flag by G.A. Henty
  • The Secret Mission: A Huguenot’s Dangerous Adventure in the Land of Persecution by A. Van Der Jagt
  • Carry On Mr. Bowditch by Jean Latham
  • The White Seneca by William W. Canfield
  • John Treegate’s Musket by Leonard Wibberly
  • Rebel’s Keep by Douglas Bond
  • The Journeyman by Elizabeth Yates
  • The House of Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
  • With Lee in Virginia by G.A. Henty
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • Ragged Dick by Horatio Algiers, Jr.
  • Freckles by Gene Stratten Porter
  • Julie by Catherine Marshall
  • The Incredible Journey by Shella Burnford

If you can't find all the books on the list or would rather read something else, there is a list of substitutes in the back. This list also includes suggestions for growing readers (a little behind grade level) and advanced readers.

Grammar & Spelling

This course does include learning to use the editing marks that copy editors use, but it does NOT teach grammar or spelling. You will need to purchase an additional grammar and spelling book to supplement this course.

Series: Homeschooling Middle School to the Glory of God
Author: Meredith Curtis
Publisher: Powerline Productions
Paperback: 251 pages
Age/Grade: Middle School

You will get a PDF (7MB) file
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