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Writing Headlines

By: Ruthie Bond, Alyssa Elliott, Eli Atkins


  • Have students capture the focus of a day's lesson and summarize the lesson in a few words.
  • The students should be able to understand a lesson throughly and use discriptive words to orally represent the lesson.

Headline-> Headers at the beginning of any piece of work that summarizes the content.


  • The activity of Headline Writing was first documented and developed by Project Zero at the University of Harvard's Graduate School of Education.

  • PURPOSE: The Headline Writing technique was created to help students clearly define the central main idea of a lesson before summarizing it or making deeper connections.

You can find Project Zero's website at: https://pz.harvard.edu/

Instructions on Use:

  1. The teacher presents a video, lesson, article, or piece of material.
  2. Students could be expected to have a piece of paper out while the material is being presented and ecouraged to take notes. (They should also write down key words that stand out to them during the lesson.)
  3. Before the material is presented the teacher explains what a headline is.
  4. The students should then create a headline that describes the lesson, paragraph, or article after the material is presented.

Use discriptive words

If a student had never read this specific article, how would you summarize it in a title to best introduce what the material is about.

Does it catch the readers attention?

When to use/ Tips:

  • A teacher or instructor should use this strategy after material, preferably new material, is presented.
  • After a video is presented to the class. (The students then share their headline and it allows the class to see what each student got out of the video.)
  • If there is an article being read, but there is not enough time for the class to read the whole article, and it is not a primary source of research, then the class could be divided into groups and each group is expected to read a paragraph, then create a headline. Each group could then explain to the class their headline and why they chose that headline in a few sentences.

Best Use of this Technology

Best to use in middle school as they improve their writing and persuasion skills.

Best to use in high school because it encourages students' autonomy.

Best to use in Elementary as students learn to "retell" and summarize stories.


*If a student struggles with completing assignments or focusing on their work, then the teacher should be willing to adjust their teaching style, but still know that the student understands the material. (For example, talk about it aloud with the student, if they are having troubles coming up with a headline to write down. Verbal communication)

  • My students are not talking to each other, how do I get them to start talking and engage in the activity?
Have them partner up with one other person; people are more comfortable with talking to one other person rather than in a whole group.
  • Discussion could go on for the entire class, how do we get back to the lecture?
Give them students a timer that is projected on the board, so they know how long they have and when to stop.
  • How could I use writing headlines as an assessment?
I could have a multiple choice question that asks "Which headline best fits the short paragraph above?"


  • Get out a piece of paper.
  • Watch the video. (Write down key words as you watch)
  • Create a headline to discribe the video.
  • Share it with the person next to you.

- Think about the ways the teacher is promoting diversity in the classroom. - How is he including everyone? - Was there anything the teacher should have done differently to address bullying? Do you think the teacher was aware of possible bullying?- How did he encourage participation?

Physical Diversity