Newspaper Map
A site that allows the user to visual surf an extension array of newspapers from around the world using Google maps. When you click on a newspaper, it brings up a screen shot of the home page and all social media associated with that newspaper (e.g. Facebook, Twitter). It also offers to translate newspapers into languages you don't speak.

Interpretive: Students use the site to investigate a newspaper from a selected city that is associated with a Twitter account (all listed on Newspaper Map). The students study a few of the articles and then how they were also represented on Twitter. After reading the tweets, students summarize the story by creating a hashtag that could be used on Twitter. #newspapermaprules. A variation may be pre-selecting stories for students and giving them a choice of hashtags where they choose the most appropriate one.

Students discuss a hot current topic (such as global warming) and then thoroughly study one of the newspapers that uses Facebook. Once students are comfortable with the topic, groups of 2-3 students are spontaneously asked to script and post comments on the newspaper's facebook site. Students can use a class Facebook account or a fictitious account.

Assign students to newspapers from different Spanish-speaking countries. Students are then asked to follow one of the newspapers by reading it online or following them on social media. After a few weeks of following, students are asked to keep a news diary or to write a brief summary of the news from that week/month.


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This site from Instituto Cervantes provides short news articles divided by proficiency level. Along with each article, the sites offers a practice activity and a audio file to be able to hear the article read.


Interpretive: Students review an article and 1) identify the title 2) state the main idea or main character in 5 words or less 3) circle which category the article belongs to 4) identify the tone of the article (from some choices) and 5) use emoticons to express their opinion about it.

After being assigned particular articles to read, they would write interview questions either reiterating the information from the article or going further in depth. They then would find a partner who read the same article. The two would then ask their questions in an interview style and answer the questions of their partner.

Presentational: Students create their own Spanish article. They write a brief article about something happening in their school. They must also create a glossary similar to those provided in the PDF files.





Newseum Front Pages

This site provides today's front pages of newspapers from the U.S., Asia, Caribbean, Europe, Middle East, North America, Oceania, South America and Africa.


Students rank the top stories on the front page and categorize them based on content such as: sports, politics, entertainment, world news, environment.

Using the presentational activity below, (a student-created front cover of their life's newspaper) students work in pairs. Their partner will ask them questions to gain further understanding of the “top stories”. Questions should be clarifying or follow-up questions such as: ¿Tenías muchas muñecas de Barbie o sólo la que pusiste en la foto? or ¿Qué piensas estudiar en la universidad?

Students create a 1-page front cover of a newspaper about their life including pictures, headlines, stories and advertisements. Also, students create a graphic organizer (like a Spidermap from comparing how three different newspapers report the same event. Students write the name of the event in the center and other subtopics the articles are about. They then write the name of the paper under each subtopic to have a visual representation of how the event has been covered.


This website at first glance appears to be very similar to Newseum as a resource for newspapers around the world. Similar to Newseum, you can view the first page or front page of the given newspaper. Unlike Newseum, you can: link to popular articles in that day’s publication, link to a particular article and it takes you to the full website of the newspaper, or search the general press, sports sections, economic press, tabloid, etc.
You may use the website in Spanish, English, or French.


Interpretive: Print off the front pages of 5-10 newspapers. Divide students into teams. Teams place their front pages on the map of the world. (Variations: each team has the same set of front pages or each team has a different or mostly different set of front pages.)

Students play tic-tac-toe (called GATO) with questions pertaining to the website. Questions are written on the tic-tac-toe board allowing students to employ reading strategies and possibly encouraging them to take on more challenging questions to place themselves more strategically on the board. (Modification: Students pull the question from the envelope & pick where to play.)
More interpersonal ideas: Students describe the most potent image to a partner, then show that partner the front page to see if he/she can identify correctly the image described. Also, students can rank the stories in the front page or in the listing of articles in order of importance and then defend his/her choices to a partner.

Presentational: Economics/Sports ~ The website offers so many choices, it is a realistic virtual kiosko. Students will review various publications and select three in which they will advertise or publicize. Students create an advertisement or poster for an upcoming event.