Activity: Predict the Headline

This activity supports Common Core in English Language Arts — CCR Anchor Standards for Reading — CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.1 and CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.2.

Grade level: Appropriate for grades 4-12 with teacher modifications.

Duration: One class period (may be combined with the Pull Quotes activity).


1)   Use Recollection Wisconsin to find historical newspaper articles. To locate historical newspapers through Recollection Wisconsin:

2)   Cover or otherwise hide the article’s headline while you have students read the text of the article.

3)   When students are finished reading, have them work independently or in small groups to identify key ideas or themes in the article and list some words that capture these themes and ideas.

4)   Then ask each student or group to use those word lists to create three different headlines for the article. How does the reader’s expectation change with a different headline?