My Personality/Career Activity Worksheet
Students can use The Dispatch to match their personalities to a job, write a resume, figure out expenses in keeping a house, and track weather in 10 different cities.

NASA Space Place Newsletter
The space agency's news and notes for elementary schoolers, their teachers and their parents.

Government and Citizenship Activity Worksheet
Download a pair of worksheets that will help students better understand a pair of topics dominating the news: the government and the economy.

Debate Activity Worksheets
Get involved with the presidential and vice-presidential debates with a pair of worksheets.

A guide designed for the study of elections through use of the newspaper.

Electing the President
A guide to the election process from the League of Women Voters.

Getting A Smart Start With The Columbus Dispatch
This 55-page guide for K-2 teachers has ideas for using the newspaper across the curriculum.

By the Numbers: Mathematical Connections in Newspapers for Middle-Grade Students
This guide offers middle-school math teachers practical classroom math applications using the newspaper.

The Essential Question, A Key Element in Critical Thinking and Comprehension
Written by Dr. Darla Shaw. Student-developed questions are at the heart of today's education. Asking the correct question, then going after possible answers is what resourceful, independent learning is all about.

Newspaper Terms

Click here for terms referring to items on an actual newpaper page.

Discover the Dispatch

Getting to Know The Columbus Dispatch
Click here for an 86-page guide that tells you how to get started using The Columbus Dispatch and provides activities to use with each section of the newspaper.

Featuring the Frameworks: Linking Language Arts Standards to the Newspaper
Written by Dr. Darla Shaw. By using newspaper articles and photos in conjunction with specific strategies and rubrics, at least once a week, teachers can help their students comply with state educational standards and prepare for both standardized tests and real-life circumstances.

Reading First: Research-Based Reading Instruction Using the Newspaper
Written by Dr. Darla Shaw. This guide focuses on phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension skills using the newspaper. For grades K-12, ESL, and Adult Literacy Programs.

Thoughtful Literacy Using the Newspaper
Written by Dr. Darla Shaw. Research-based classroom activities for grades 4-12 using four key characteristics of effective classrooms: managed choice, multi-source curriculum, multi-task learning, and meaningful classroom discussion.

Press Ahead! A Teachers Guide to Creating Student Newspapers
Press Ahead! is both a teaching tool and a planning guide for creating a student newspaper.

Dateline Ohio
Use todays news to teach Ohio history and address citizenship objectives using the newspaper as a primary resource.

From Writers to Readers
This guide for middle to high school teachers examines different styles of writing and includes real-world newspaper applications. Each guide contains detailed lesson plans and student activity sheets for ten writing topics.

Just Think!
This guide focuses on helping students develop higher-level thinking skills using the newspaper. Students learn to be problem solvers and lifelong learners using the newspaper as an authentic, real-world text, one that will engage students and provide the information they will need to make decisions throughout their lives.


Using the newspaper bridges the gap between classroom learning and real-world living, helps foster global awareness and understanding of local issues, creates informed citizens, offers examples of conflict and resolution and fosters reading, thinking and writing skills. Below are some helpful hints for using the newspaper with young people at all levels.

Hints for inexperienced newspaper users and younger children:

  1. "Zero" in on one article by folding the newspaper to one quarter size or "boxing-in" the article with markers.
  2. Give out just one section or page of the newspaper at a time.
  3. Use photos, graphics, large fonts in headlines, summaries and ads.
  4. Circle words and letters, cut and paste parts, etc. Use the newspaper to address the younger child's need for tactile and physical involvement.

Hints for experienced newspaper students:

  1. Let students have some "free-reading" time before you start. This time will allow them to check out their favorite sections first and then be able to concentrate on planned lessons.
  2. Have students keep a journal to record their thoughts about articles they read, lessons and skills they learn, reactions to commentary by editors, remarks about musical performances and movies they have seen, etc.