These lesson plans are intended to help teachers in Healthy NewsWorks schools make the most of the nonfiction resources created by student journalists in their schools.

The suggested activities build on the topics presented in each school’s health-focused newspaper and in our Leading Healthy Change In Our Communities book series.

The lessons are leveled for younger readers or Beginning Health Advocates (BHAs) and for older readers or Advanced Health Advocates (AHAs).

We will add to these lesson plans periodically, so keep coming back! We welcome your feedback and suggestions at Thank you for your interest!



What the lesson is about

Students brainstorm ideas and write letters to the editor of the school health newspaper.

Students discuss a health topic and write to a health leader

Beginning Health Advocates (BHAs)

Letter to Editor Lesson (BHAs)


Letter to Leader Lesson (BHAs)



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