Published on

The value of magazines in the classroom. This vital resource can enhance literacy in the classroom

Published in: Education, News & Politics
  • Be the first to comment

  • Be the first to like this

No Downloads
Total views
On SlideShare
From Embeds
Number of Embeds
Embeds 0
No embeds

No notes for slide


  1. 1. Integrating Magazines in our Classrooms
  2. 2. A periodical publication containing articles and illustrations, typically covering a particular subject. Categories Periodicals Religious Magazines Satirical Magazines Trade Magazines
  3. 3.  The first magazine started in the 1700’s by Daniel Defoe. The title of this magazine was ‘The Review’ and it purpose was for individuals to comment on and criticize particular matters, thus influencing the public. The audience was composed of members of the same social scene otherwise known as the Gentile or Literate men. Thefirst magazines looked like books with dense prints and very few illustrations.
  4. 4.  Until the late 19th century, only upper classes read magazines while the poor folks read newspapers and weekly tabloids. However, the 21st century has seen a drastic change whereby magazines are accessible to all. It’s selection today is based on cost and interests. Magazines are a rich source of authentic materials and can be very motivating and inspiring.
  5. 5.  Art magazines  Science magazines and Automobile magazines scientific journals Business magazines  Shelter magazines (home design and decorating) Computer magazines  Sports magazines Customer magazines  Sunday magazines Fantasy fiction magazines  Teen magazines Health and fitness magazines  Trade magazines and journals Horror fiction magazines  Fashion magazines Humor magazines  Political magazines Literary magazines  Teen magazines Luxury magazines  Women magazines Music magazines  Travel magazines News magazines  Architecture magazines Online magazines  Religious magazines Pornographic magazines  Online magazines
  6. 6.  According to GRUNDY (1993, 8) one of the main reasons for introducing Magazines and newspapers in the English classroom is that they not only constitute authentic material, but also, our responses to the information given are authentic. In that sense, another essential reason for reading them is to enable the student to get in touch with certain cultural clues of the given country. Nowadays, the importance of online press can also help us to introduce a greater variety of materials as well as a direct source of information of students. GARCÍA and BEJARANO (2001,16) claim that newspapers may be a means to teach human values in the classroom, such as solidarity, trust, charity, obedience… Notwithstanding, apart from newspapers, magazines can be included here, since they may be a way to connect with the student’s interests: we can take magazines for young people talking about their music idols, social matters, cinema, even beauty or sports.
  7. 7.  What are the Benefits?  Reading magazines can improve pupils critical thinking skills and serve as a motivator. When a pupil learns to read critically, he has figured out how to draw inferences and evaluate what he has read. Using media, including magazines, radio and television, helps motivate pupils to improve their reading skills and critical listening capabilities. Reading a story in a magazine about a certain topic and then hearing about that same topic on television allows the pupil to compare and contrast the different accounts. Pupils learn to question and to argue constructively.
  8. 8.  It provides authentic information. Affordable and accessible because of the variety. It is more appealing than facing an entire book. Magazines can prompt debate in the classroom, increase awareness of current events and promote communication. It is a good source of history eg. of railway stations and hospitals Keep readers captivated due to the varieties in topics and colourful illustrations.
  9. 9.  It is less threatening to pupils who have difficulty reading. They tend to gravitate toward magazines because theyre not as intimidating as textbooks. It helps students to gain more knowledge because using magazines can enhance your lessons across curriculum.
  10. 10.  Produce provocative images that can corrupt the mind of readers. Contributes to low self esteem (super model images). High quality magazines can be costly to produce. It is much more time consuming and distracting to look for information in a magazine. The articles can be subjective.
  11. 11.  Help young children develop observation and language skills by identifying colors and finding and naming pictures of animals, fruits, people, toys or other objects in magazines. Make an alphabet book. In a spiral notebook, write each letter of the alphabet on different pages. Look through magazines, and help your child find pictures that begin with each letter. Cut out the pictures and paste them in the notebook.
  12. 12.  Usemagazines to teach current events. Magazines are a great way to learn about what is going on in your country or in the world. Choose one article every morning to read aloud to the class and have them write a written response in a journal. Depending on the age of your students, you could choose a controversial article and have the students debate it.
  13. 13.  Use magazines to teach reading and grammar. Pass out a copy of an article or articles to each student. Have them write down any words in the article that they are unfamiliar with. Use this as a basis for teaching the students how to use the context clues in that article to figure out what the word means. Ask the students to read an article; engage them in discussions and then give them comprehension questions to answer that you have prepared ahead of time.
  14. 14.  Newspapers are also a great teaching resource to use in the classroom. They are cheap, plentiful and you can use them to teach just about any subject such as social studies, math, writing or reading. Many newspapers will give you a discount if you wish to order a classroom set. Alternately, you could use just one newspaper or a few and have the children work in groups. Whichever option you choose, base some of your classroom lessons on using newspapers.
  15. 15.  Use newspapers to teach writing. Give the students only the headline of an article, and ask them to write the rest of it. You could also show them a picture and have them write an article based on the picture alone.
  16. 16.  Use newspapers to teach Mathematics and Physical Education--yes, Math! The sports section is a great resource for numbers. Have the students calculate the average or median baseball score from the games played on that day or the percentage of games a basketball team has won so far in the season.