Sports Writer

Sports Writer lesson plan

Invite students to create a fictional sports magazine featuring you or a famous sports legend on the cover.

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    Challenge students to research major events in sports history, policies, and movements that have enabled athletes to achieve their dreams. Identify various heroes and heroines throughout the history of sports programs.

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    Students design their own sports magazine. Use Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils or Color Sticks on white paper to design a cover illustration focusing on a specific sports hero of the past or yourself as a sports hero of today or the future.

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    Outline illustrations with dark Crayola Washable Markers. Students add a catchy title and cover story headlines.

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    Compile information researched into articles for the magazine. Use markers, colored pencils or color sticks to illustrate each article.

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    Add a thin line of Crayola School Glue to the left margin of each page to glue each page to the previous page.

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    Students design an advertisement for their own sports history museum for the back cover. Use markers, colored pencils or color sticks to illustrate the building and the memorabilia visitors can see inside.


  • LA: Read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grade level text complexity band independently and proficiently.
  • LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade level topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • LA: Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.
  • VA: Select media, techniques, an processes; analyze what makes them effective or not effective in communicating ideas; and reflect upon the effectiveness of choices.
  • VA: Intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of experiences and ideas.


  • Possible classroom resources include: Choosing News: What Gets Reported and Why (Exploring Media Literacy) by Barb Palser; The Reporter's Notebook : Writing Tools for Student Journalists by Mark Levin
  • Invite a local sports figure to meet with the class to discuss his professional achievements and experiences with newspaper interviews. What types of questions are typically asked of athletes? How do you handle a question that makes you uncomfortable? What is your favorite question to respond to?
  • Working individually or in teams of two, students select a particular sports figure to research in-depth. Create a poster about the sports figure, including his statistics, family background, place of birth, etc. Students should be prepared to present their poster to classmates.