USA TODAY helps me teach a lesson on plagiarism. I teach my students about how to cite sources, paraphrase and use quotes. We study how USA TODAY cites sources and keeps from plagiarizing. The students learn from a reliable source.
I also have my students read a USA TODAY editorial. I then teach persuasive writing and writing for a purpose. We look at how USA TODAYs writers set up arguments and format their thoughts. For instance, the cigarette smoking debate was featured, so we read the writers arguments and debated the issue.
Every day, the kids have a quiet time to do their homework or read. Many students ask to read USA TODAY. They find it to be very friendly. They have told me that when they are on vacation they are drawn to the USA TODAY racks to get a paper because theyre familiar with it. They know the layout.
USA TODAY makes my students consumers of print media: a powerful tool to make kids reflective thinkers. USA TODAY is a great bridge between lengthy magazine pieces and 30-second TV news clips. Reading it gets them to slow down and explore things in depth. It is really making them better readers.