Activity Types: Newsletter


Getting "Handy" in the classroom with technology integration!

What are Newsletters?

According to, a newsletter is “A printed report giving news or information of interest to a special group.” Newsletters typically include informational pieces that include who, what, when, where, and why (the Five W’s of journalistic or informational writing!). MS Word is used to format these informational pieces into a publishable document.

Advantages for use in the classroom:

  • Excellent method of organizing materials around a theme or publishing studies students have conducted

  • Useful for focus activities or evaluation of comprehension

  • Can be used in small or medium group activities

  • Students can be taught how to create their own newsletters using any topics relevant to class

Disadvantages for use in the classroom:

  • Filling print areas may be overwhelming for some students; may require group construction

  • May take large amounts of class or computer time to complete

See samples of student-created newsletters:

Copyright 2002-2011 Handy4Class Project

Candace Figg, PhD
Brock University
Faculty of Education, Teacher Education Department
500 Glenridge, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada L2S 3A1
(905.688.5550, x5347)

Jenny Burson, EdD
University of Texas at Austin (retired)
Education Department, Curriculum and Instruction