Raising media-savvy kids is more important than ever in today's information-overloaded world. Knowing just how a newspaper article differs from, say, a story in a book or a piece in a magazine will help equip your middle-schooler with the skills to think critically about the overwhelming number of ideas he or she is exposed to every day. There's no harm in having a little fun while you're at it, either!
Creating a family newspaper is a great way to teach your child the characteristics of a newspaper article, give him or her some excellent practice in writing strong topic sentences, catchy headlines, and error-free "copy," and produce a delightful document of a day in the life of your family.
You might want to break up this activity into two parts, and carry it out over a couple of days. This will give you and your child time to make notes on interesting things that are going on around your home and neighborhood.