Day 2 Editing and Headlines lesson

Prepared by: Jami Williams, Mexico High School, Mexico, Missouri

Students will revisit the importance of copy-editing and will be introduced to headline writing.


  1. PowerPoint presentation
  2. Guided Writing Exercise
  3. Individual Learning Activity


  1. Level 1 (Proficient) application of the proofreading and AP Style as adopted by the class as a whole
  2. Level 1 (Basic) headline writing skills


  1. Headline PowerPoint Day 2
  2. Guided Writing Practice
  3. Make It A Headline collateral
  4. Something to offer as a prize (candy?)

Steps to check for student understanding

  1. Teacher will do frequent comprehension checks in the form of Classroom Assessment Techniques (thumbs up, thumbs down; exit slip in the form of post-it note summary)


  1. Suggested bell ringer: If your life, up to this point, was summed up in a headline, what would that headline be?
  2. Teacher will present PowerPoint.
  3. After PowerPoint, teacher will go through the examples in the Guided Writing and model writing headlines.
  4. After modeling and a classroom assessment technique to check for understanding, teacher will split the room into three groups.
  5. Each group will draw three of the Make It a Headline cards.
  6. Students will work together to generate headlines from the music titles, book titles or movie titles listed on the cards.
  7. The group will divulge whether their headline is a song, book title or movie.
  8. They will read their headline and each group will get the chance to guess the song, book or movie from the headline written. The group that guesses the most WINS!
  9. Teacher will distribute and go over the Individual Learning Activity with students.


  1. Exit slip: Which is most difficult, writing the headline or writing the lede? Explain your answer.