Paper Type

Master's Project


College of Education and Human Services

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



First Advisor

Dr. Ann Stoddard

Second Advisor

Dr. Thomas M. Leonard

Third Advisor

Dr. Elinor A. Scheirer


The purpose of this project was to design a curriculum utilizing newspapers as a primary learning resource to establish newspaper reading habits among junior high students. Research suggested a strong correlation between consistent reading of the daily newspaper and political knowledge, voting, and other acts reflecting good citizenship. Use of the newspaper in the classroom helped to establish newspaper reading habits among adolescents. This resulted in students being more aware of the adult world they would enter and more confident. They understood how their society functioned. With increased mastery of newspapers, came increased self-esteem, since newspapers were seen as an adult medium of communication. To capitalize on these findings, this project incorporated the newspaper into the classroom, to be used daily. The adopted textbook is not utilized as extensively as in previous courses. Instruction on newspapers, using the major local daily and two prominent publications (New York Times, Wall Street Journal), has been included. Methodology to be utilized will take into consideration the various learning styles of the students; development of critical thinking skills is emphasized to strengthen the development of citizenship.