Journalism is taught through writing process lessons at the elementary level. The children are taught different types of writing beginning in the 1st grade. Some of the lessons include book reports, scientific research, descriptive, persuasive, subject reports, personal narrative, story writing, poetry writing, journal writing, compare and contrast, and publishing, are some of the lessons included in the writing process lessons. These lessons will prepare the students for the serious work of journalistic reporting.
Arborland elementary has a newspaper that is written, compiled and designed by the students themselves. The children are in charge of assigning tasks, writing articles, compiling, proofreading the articles, and laying them out in a way that is most pleasing to their readers – all within a strict deadline. The Arborland student newspaper does not only develop the students’ writing skills, but it also helps them become critical thinkers and good leaders. The children choose which articles are publish-worthy and which are not, practicing analytical thinking as they do so. As they delegate the tasks to one another, they also enhance their leadership skills. Creating the newspaper with a deadline gives the children a sense of urgency, a trait that grows increasingly necessary as they themselves grow.