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10 Great Magazines That’ll Change How You Learn English
In 1663 in Germany, the world got its very first magazine!
Since then, magazines have been created to cover every topic you can imagine.
What if you could learn English while you read about your favorite hobby?
English magazines are great for learning English because they are portable (you can carry them around with you), have short articles and are usually written in easy-to-understand language.
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Finding the best english magazines for learning, 10 fantastic magazines for learning english.
- 1. Mental Floss
- 2. Fast Company
- 3. Reader’s Digest
- 4. Cricket and Cicada
- 5. TIME and TIME For Kids
- 8. ShortList
- 10. Digital Photographer
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Even if you just read the magazines and enjoy their content, you will be learning new words , sentence structures and common sayings.
If you want to take your learning a step further , here are some activities you can do with English magazines that will help you study English actively.
You can do these out loud, by writing, through discussion with someone else or even just silently in your head.
- Describe the pictures. Most magazines have a lot of pictures. Choose some pictures and describe what you see in them, out loud or in writing. You can find more ideas on how to learn using pictures in this article .
- Add speech and thoughts. Are there any people (or animals) in the pictures? Imagine what they would be saying or thinking.
- Summarize the articles. You can test how well you understood an article by trying to summarize it. Can you describe what the article is about in a sentence or two? If you can’t, try reading it again and take care to see the meaning instead of the individual words.
- Discuss the articles. If you read about an event that just happened, or even if you just find something interesting, share it with someone. Have a conversation about it. It will be a great way to practice your understanding of the article and your conversation skills.
- Ask the author. Sometimes reading an article leaves you with more questions. If you could ask the author anything, what would it be? What else would you want to know about the topic?
Now that you know how to use your magazines, it’s time to choose one (or a few!). Most of these are available either in print format, or via the newsstand sections in the Android and iOS stores . Some of the magazines even have articles available online in case you want to read some stories before you decide to subscribe.
If you decide to subscribe to any of the magazines, you can do so on any of their websites or visit Amazon’s magazine section to browse them all in one place and sometimes even get a discount (lower price).
You can find some of the magazines below for a discounted rate at Magazine Line , which is also a great place to search for more English-language magazines by category. Some magazines give even bigger discounts for college students. So if you’re in college, be sure to check out “Student and Educator Rates” at the bottom of the home page.
1. Mental Floss
Perfect if you like: interesting trivia and facts.
What you’ll find inside: What does outer space smell like? Why isn’t cat food mouse-flavored?
If you’re the kind of person who asks yourself these questions, you’ll love Mental Floss. Each issue is full of bite-sized (small bits) trivia and mostly short articles with really interesting facts that you’ll want to share with others. The writing is fun and friendly, so it’s easy to understand the answers to the more difficult questions.
While the print edition of the magazine stopped publishing in 2016 , you can still read Mental Floss online (use the link above).
2. Fast Company
Perfect if you like: business and learning how successful companies work.
What you’ll find inside: Fast Company is one of the more approachable (easy-to-read) magazines about business and companies. It has many interviews and features of successful people, as well as general news about interesting new companies. It does use a higher level of writing than is usual for magazines, so give it a try first to make sure you can understand the articles.
3. Reader’s Digest
Perfect if you like: inspiring stories about people.
What you’ll find inside: Reader’s Digest is not actually about books or reading. Instead, it is about people. Inside you’ll find anecdotes—short, personal articles about things that have happened to people. There are stories in simple writing about everything from funny celebrity moments and inspiring personal stories to funny jokes and articles.
4. Cricket and Cicada
Perfect if you like: excellent literature and short stories.
What you’ll find inside: Cricket and Cicada are literary magazines aimed at teenagers. Each issue is full of wonderful short stories and poems, and beautiful illustrations. Even though these are technically children’s magazines, they are perfect for learning English because they have high quality writing, with definitions of some of the more difficult words.
5. TIME and TIME For Kids
Perfect if you like: expertly-written news and current events.
What you’ll find inside: TIME is one of the most well-known magazines in the world. Inside you’ll find news, beautiful photographs and everything you need to get a “deeper understanding of the world in which we live.” Since TIME is very high quality and provides deep insight on many serious topics, it can also be difficult for English learners to read. If you have trouble understanding TIME , try TIME For Kids , which has similarly great content but is written in a simpler way.
Perfect if you like: celebrity gossip.
What you’ll find inside: What’s your favorite celebrity doing? Who’s getting divorced in Hollywood? People has all the celebrity gossip you could want. It’s a great way to get to know the culture and stars of the movie business. If you don’t already know some of these celebrities this magazine might not be interesting for you. You may to do a little research on celebrity lives before trying this magazine.
Perfect if you like… fashion and beautiful people.
What you’ll find inside: If you love fashion and looking great, you’ll enjoy Vogue . There is a big focus on art, style and gorgeous photography, so you can enjoy the magazine visually while you read it. The articles are dense (have a lot of words close together) so instead of trying to read everything you might want to try choosing one article and working your way through it slowly. Definitely a lot of new words to learn here!
Perfect if you like: classy articles for men.
What you’ll find inside: ShortList is a free magazine (if you subscribe, they only charge you for shipping!). It’s written for “high class” men who live in cities and covers a lot of different topics. Whether you’re a man or woman you will find something interesting here. The writing is sophisticated but not too difficult to understand—perfect for intermediate English learners who are looking for a bit of a challenge to help them learn even more English.
Perfect if you like: Traveling and learning about other places.
What you’ll find inside: Take a trip to a new place without even leaving your chair. Sunset is full of amazing pictures and simple writing about places around the world. This magazine has tips on where to stay and what to eat, and it talks about interesting and fun things you can find in different places.
10. Digital Photographer
Perfect if you like: taking pictures with your camera or phone.
What you’ ll find inside: This magazine is eye candy—it’s full of colors and is very pleasing to look at. There are many tips and guides on how to take great pictures, and they are written in simple and easy-to-understand English (although there are some technical camera terms, of course). You feel like the writers are talking to you! You can impress your friends with your improved English and your new photography skills!
These magazines are just the beginning of what’s available out there.
There are magazines about dogs, golf, people with tattoos and so many other different topics.
But remember that you don’t just have to depend on magazines for learning English. If the magazine topics are a bit confusing, or you want to practice other skills besides reading, then take a break and learn English from other content.
On top of magazines, you can turn to other types of English media like TV series, vlogs, and movies. They, like magazines, can also help you learn English language and culture at once. Plus, one resource can also help you better understand another. For example, if you read about an event in a magazine, then you can find more information about it from videos.
With media, your English learning can become extra exciting. And with so much diverse English material out there, you can definitely find some that match your interests.
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Write a School Magazine Article People Want to Read
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Say what you want about traditional school communications, but no matter how trends shift and change, there are some staples that will always hold a special place in school storytelling.
For example: the school magazine.
Whether an alumni magazine, an annual report/magazine hybrid, or an online version of a traditional publication, school magazines have the important job of both keeping legacy alive and documenting current happenings for posterity — all while driving diverse audiences to take action.
That’s quite a job description.
I’ve seen beautiful, impressive magazines in the school marketing space, and my clients dedicate both their hearts and their resources to perfecting these publications and maintaining their integrity year after year. So how can school marketers ensure these intense efforts create tangible results? How can schools better utilize this important communications tool to connect with their communities and grow school influence?
Here’s how to craft school magazine content that makes all the effort worthwhile.
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The key to ensuring people are reading the school magazine you put so much time, effort, and love into is simple:
Make it something they want to read.
Ok, I know that’s simpler to state than to practice, but the sentiment is something that is so easy to forget when we’re deep in deadlines and page counts and design changes.
If we want readers to open our school magazine and actually flip from front to back, engaging with the stories we’re telling, we need to give them stories they care about . We need to make the news, updates, changes, and reflections shared on those pages matter to their lives. And how do we do that?
Those who have been reading this blog for a while may have guessed where I was going with that, but it’s always where I begin when I’m writing feature school magazine articles. I look at the story or concept that my client wants to share and ask myself, “ So what? Why will the reader care about this? What about this will they find most interesting, or appealing, or shocking? What will capture and keep their fickle interest?”
You may have a wonderful story to tell, important updates to deliver, or a heartwarming retrospective to share, but just because you want to tell it doesn’t mean your audience wants to read it. However, you can entice them to read it if you write with their cares and concerns in mind.
For alumni, perhaps that means tugging at their heartstrings and reminding them of a special moment in their lives, or it’s giving them the opportunity to see themselves in the school’s future. For donors, it could be demonstrating the tangible difference their generosity has made. For current families, it may be updating them on new opportunities that will have a direct impact on their child’s life.
Whatever the article topic, make sure you have your specific audience in mind before you put pen to paper (or fingertips to keyboard). And once you begin writing…
Hook them quick.
Repeat after me: NO MORE BORING HEADLINES.
Too often, school feature articles are given a title such as, “A Look Back!” or “Celebrating the Graduating Class” or “Our Theatre Program!” While factually correct, these headlines don’t connect with the reader’s desire to learn more, or answer a question, or find out how or why.
Instead of using a headline as a label, try writing your school magazine article headlines with these tips in mind:
- Be specific. Tell people the problem you are going to solve and the solution you are going to provide. Use figures and facts.
- Promise your reader something valuable. Be bold, and deliver on that promise.
- Make sure it stands alone. If readers only read the headline, will they take away a clear message?
- Be clear. Avoid being creative if it costs you clarity.
- Prompt action. Convey a sense of urgency.
For example, I recently used the headline “A Call to Excellence for Generations of [School] Students” on an article that spoke about the history of the school’s motto (a much more compelling headline than “The History of Our Motto.”). By connecting the reader to the motto and what it meant to them as a student and now as an alum, the headline drew the reader into an article they might have otherwise overlooked.
However, a good headline can’t do all the work. An article’s intro is equally as important.
Engage them with a story.
Consider this your permission to stop being so literal. Instead of jumping right into the main point of the article, paint a picture. Draw the reader in. Get them thinking, imagining, questioning.
This is how I approached one recent feature article for a client, which was supposed to be a simple “then/now” retrospective. Instead of diving in with an introduction that read, “So much has changed in the past 10 years…,” I decided to talk about nostalgia . How does it affect us? Why do we feel it so deeply? The article began:
Have you ever heard a forgotten song from childhood and felt instantly transported back to a specific moment in time? Caught the lingering scent of pine trees or felt the leaves crunch underfoot in just the right way, and you’re suddenly sixteen again, walking across your high school quadrangle on the way to AP Bio class?
By prompting the reader to mind-travel back to their high school years, the article instantly connects on both an emotional and rational level. It then goes on to briefly talk about the science behind nostalgia and links that to why the school’s heritage and legacy are meaningful today. The final article does everything a traditional retrospective would — it provides updates, reports statistics, and talks about the future — yet in a way that’s more engaging than a typical timeline.
Keep the meaningful. Cut the rest.
William Faulkner said: “In writing, you must kill all your darlings.” And then Stephen King took it up a notch, saying: “Kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings.”
It’s the best writing advice I’ve ever heard.
If you want to write a fantastic school magazine, you need to be willing to cut, delete, and forget elements that you may love but that may not serve the reader. This means that not every point on the timeline, every update on the program, every key message from the strategic plan can and should make it into print.
Remember: Every article should pass the “So What?” test . Every story should be written for the reader. Keep the meaningful, and cut the rest.
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English is a West Germanic language that originated in Anglo-Saxon England. As a result of the military, economic, scientific, political, and cultural influence of the British Empire during the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries and of the United States since the mid 20th century, it has become the lingua franca in many parts of the world. It is used extensively as a second language and as an official language in Commonwealth countries and many international organizations.
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Alloy Multimedia ESL ReadingSmart is a web-based English language learning environment founded on a unique instructional design. It is easily implemented as a student-centered, stand-alone application or a blended learning environment, integrating online student work and classroom instruction. The program offers individualized, content-based instruction to develop English language proficiency with emphasis on literacy and cross-curricular vocabulary development for newcomers, beginners, intermediate, early advanced, and advanced English learners. It monitors student progress, and tracks students’ readability and grade gains based on The Lexile Framework for Reading, providing daily, weekly, and on-demand student reports. Tracking is at individual, class, school and district level. Several independent studies have shown that ESL ReadingSmart is an effective intervention program that raises students’ reading and language scores. This year’s independent study was presented in the National Forum of Teacher Education Journal in April. The authors stated, “by working with culturally appropriate text at their functional reading level, students were able to demonstrate gains while experiencing literature that may not otherwise have been available to them.” The program’s user friendly interface is backed by a team of professionals always available to answer questions and provide support. New content is regularly added so students and teachers are never saddled with static software.
Califone Podcasts provide new ways for students to interact with the content matter as well as to demonstrate their learning. By creating podcasts, students can display and extend their creativity using audio as a means of self-expression. In addition, teachers can use podcasts to communicate regularly with parents by posting school updates on their web site. They can also publish lesson guides in a podcast format to help students who many have missed sections, or who simply need reinforcement when completing homework assignments. MP3 players are especially useful in language learning and ELL classrooms, where students may need additional reinforcement or teacher guidance outside the classroom. Recording a podcast in a language learning environment can illustrate to the teacher how well a student’s pronunciation, diction and understanding have progressed over time. Plus, it allows teachers to keep a digital file of each student’s progress, which is helpful for long-term assessment. The easy-to-use MP3 player includes a built-in microphone and dual headphone jacks — both industry firsts — making it ideal for learning centers, language labs and libraries. The playback volume is also capped at 85dB for hearing safety.
English Computerized Learning Pronunciation Power Pronunciation Power products are user- friendly, interactive programs for beginner to advanced English learners of all ages. They are excellent tools for students to learn correct English pronunciation. The easy, effective design has numerous lessons and exercises for practice using visual and auditory feedback. Pronunciation Power 1 and 2 include lessons for individual sound work and speech recognition. The lessons include animated, graphic side views to teach how each sound is made. There are extensive practice exercises in: listening, comparative words, and in word and sentence pronunciation including intonation for syllable or word stress. The 8 in 1 Interactive English Dictionary teaches the meaning and pronunciation of words using pictures and sentences and has several unique searches, such as “search by word ending.” All instructions and lessons for both programs are available in 12 different languages. Pronunciation Power also offers: Introductory English Grammar and Vocabulary with Color Key. This program uses a unique Color Key to help you learn and remember the English grammar and vocabulary that need for basic communication in English. After completing the Lesson, you can test yourself by trying the exercises for the lesson. Their score is automatically given when you complete the exercise. The Idiom program uses memorable and unique pictures and exercises to aid the student in remembering idioms. All products are available by CD, download or online membership.
ETA/Cuisenaire SunSprouts Interactive Delightful characters, funny stories, and fascinating leveled nonfiction give K-3 students compelling reasons to read, write and explore text with SunSprouts Interactive, the literacy software system from ETA/Cuisenaire. Whether the child is new to English or fluent in the language, this interactive CD-ROM offers targeted activities that require little preparation by the teacher, and make it easy to tailor instruction to proficiency levels. The flexible and engaging program creates a complete interactive literacy learning station with activities for building comprehension, fluency, vocabulary skills, and writing. SunSprouts Interactive focuses on aspects of the English language that are often difficult for children reading in a second language, including development of vocabulary awareness, grammatical forms, and idiomatic expressions. The lessons are filled with alliteration, rhymes, and other repetitive structures that familiarize ESL students with English. The program immerses students in developing sight-word recognition and vocabulary as they follow along while text is read aloud, then record their own oral reading and play it back to hear their voices. SunSprouts Interactive also allows students to create and illustrate original texts that can be “published” and shared. The software records students’ scores for teacher review, and assessments track development of literal, inferential, and visual comprehension skills. Reports can be generated by student or for the entire class. The flexibility of this program allows teachers to assign specific individual lessons, or group students with similar skills and needs. SunSprouts Interactive can be used as a supplemental resource with any reading program to reinforce skills and track progress.
Franklin Electronic Publishers 12 Language Speaking Global Translator The Speaking Global Translator contains over 450,000 words (including 335,000 inflections) and 12,000 phrases, and speaks 115,000 words in recorded human voice. Students can translate to and from English into Chinese (Mandarin), Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. Students just enter a word in their native language and the device will speak and show the translation in their language and English. A voice recording feature allows users to record custom words and phrases. The spell correction feature finds even misspelled words, and the seven line screen aids visibility. Features Include: ■ An MP3 Player to download and play MP3 files to enjoy music and more while looking up words and phrases ■ Chinese, Japanese and Korean are displayed phonetically using the Roman alphabet and in Asian characters ■ Organizer, local/world clock, calculator, currency and metric converter ■ Five games ■ USB connection
Global Language Education Services Online Mini-Courses for Language Teachers Global Language Education Services (GLES) offers a suite of online mini-courses that introduce language teachers to innovative instructional techniques. Each technique is designed to employ authentic materials in ways that are both engaging and effective. Currently available mini-courses cover “Movie Talk,” a technique for employing featurelength movies in beginning and low-intermediate language classrooms; “Co-Author,” a cyclic pattern of interaction in which a language teacher guides intermediate students toward more proficient writing in their second language; and “Reading Club,” a multi-faceted technique for using authentic materials to boost the reading proficiency of intermediate language students. All of the techniques covered in GLES mini-courses are research-based and have been extensively field-tested. The GLES online mini-courses include discussion boards and optional hands-on activities that develop mastery of the techniques. Participants can choose to take these courses in audit mode, which provides access to materials and discussion boards but no instructor feedback, or graded mode, which (for an additional fee) offers feedback, evaluation, and certificates for Continuing Education Units. The mini-courses are offered every month, and there are special group rates for cohorts. The GLES online mini-courses were created by Dr. Ashley Hastings, Professor Emeritus of TESOL (Shenandoah University). Dr. Hastings is known internationally as the originator of the FOCAL SKILLS approach to language teaching, and has been a pioneer in the development of online language teacher training.
MindPlay FLRT — a Fluent Reading Trainer MindPlay offers educators working with English Language Learners a solution that will help students enjoy reading by dramatically improving their reading fluency rate as they become confident in speaking and reading English. FLRT — a fluent reading trainer works to increase reading speed while ensuring comprehension in any student who can decode. Students conduct a number of technology-driven activities to train their eyes to read more efficiently. One FLRT activity trains the eyes to move from left to right and to sweep in one movement enhancing visual memory, silent reading skills, speed and reading comprehension. As students move into reading passages, the stories in the program are either delivered randomly or they can be selected by teachers. Each passage is designed to be read in six minutes or less, allowing most students to complete three stories or more in a class period. Accompanying questions test 18 different reading comprehension skills. The program aims to keep students challenged while reading at their own pace by providing assignments that are individualized to match each student’s unique abilities. It can be used for classroom instruction or as remedial help. FLRT also provides teachers and administrators with easy management and tracking. Reports can gauge a student or an entire class performance. Success can be broken down by question type, improvement statistics from initial testing date to current date, effective words-per-minute rate, and sight/high-frequency words for students who are struggling. Reports are available in PDF format so they can be emailed to parents or they can be printed out in color or grayscale for improved data visualization.
PhonicsTutor PhonicsTutor is a research proven, multi-sensory reading method for all ages and reading settings. Its independent instruction in orthography enables ESL students to learn to read reflexively and spell accurately at a rate that keeps pace with the vocabulary and comprehension they are gaining in English. This performance of a reading program is amazing considering the ambiguous and extensive orthography of English. Students who complete the program can pronounce, read, and spell 93 percent of all words in print, e.g., machinery, prodigious, picturesque, azure. It covers all patterns of English orthography that occur at least once in a million words in print. At TESL ’97 in Toronto, PhonicsTutor was one of only four products (out of 189 products) that received the designation of “Excellent.” This computerized Orton-Gillingham program is a synthetic-analytic reading method that is recognized around the world for its efficacy in the remediation of dyslexia and for its ability to assist both native and nonnative speakers of English in learning how to read and spell. The expanded curriculum includes software, coordinated books, and flashcards, and provides self-teaching instruction so that ESL/EFL learners are prepared for the vocabulary and reading expectations of college and professional careers.
Protea Textware Issues in English 2 Issues in English 2 is an effective, innovative, and comprehensive software program for English language and literacy learners. With four levels from beginning to advanced, students learn a wide range of English language skills within meaningful contexts. The issues — Sport, Media, Technology, Fame, Education, Immigration, Wilderness, and Languages — are relevant and engaging. The program is content-rich, with over 700 interactive exercises based on the stimulus videos. These include reading and listening comprehension, grammar and vocabulary, pronunciation, and writing.
Scientific Learning Scientific Learning develops software products that increase brain power—exercising areas of the brain to help it process more efficiently, the way physical workouts train the body to be more fit and strong. The products are used in thousands of schools nationwide, helping ELL, struggling readers and at-risk learners in grades PreK-12. The Fast ForWord program has proven results in schools throughout the country, where students have made dramatic and enduring gains in eight to twelve weeks. The products build on cumulative breakthroughs in neuroscience research revealing that the human brain can continue to develop and improve the efficiency of its processing throughout life. Processing efficiency is how the brain functions to support learning and intellectual activity, including memory, attention, processing rate, and sequencing. Scientific Learning Reading Assistant provides guided oral reading using advanced speech recognition technology with scientifically-based courseware to help students strengthen fluency, vocabulary and comprehension to become proficient, lifelong readers. It provides each student with an active one-on-one reading tutor that acts as a patient, non-judgmental listener and provides the much needed reading practice that benefits them. Progress Tracker is an online accountability tool that allows educators to monitor student progress and results, and Reading Progress Indicator is an easy-to-use computerized assessment for quick evaluations of student performance. When students can process more effectively, all other learning activities get accomplished more efficiently. It is then the dedication of teachers and the investment in other learning programs yield better results. Importantly, students are more motivated to learn and have better self-esteem.
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40 ideas and topics for a school magazine
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There are so many occasions and opportunities to design your own magazine for school in Jilster's makerspace. Whether in class for projects, for practical work, for school newspapers, farewell magazines , memorial publications, and many more. Do you have one in mind?
Quick & Easy: Make a school magazine in Jilster's makerspace
In our makerspace you can design any magazine you want. Our easy-to-use editor offers many options with great, professionally designed magazine templates for you to use as a basis and starting point for your own projects. You can choose a template for every topic.
Are you looking to design magazine projects for school but are not sure what to write about? Perhaps you are part of the editorial team for the school newspaper and looking for new topics? We have compiled a list below of ideas that can help you develop a concept for your own magazine.
People in the spotlight
Do interviews with…
- The school secretary
- The caretaker
- The school psychologist And let them tell their story.
What is the story of life at school?
What does a typical day at school look like? Are there any new clubs and teams?
- Sports teams - volleyball, football, basketball, athletics…
- School clubs - theater, literature, science…
- School band, orchestra choir…
What is the school's current topic of discussion?
- Food offered in the cafeteria
- School party
- Introduction of school uniforms
- Dismantling the table tennis table..
What do you and the other students enjoy?
Let others write about their recommendations and provide others with special tips.
Topics to write about for example:
- Latest music
- Popular movies
- Interesting art
- Exciting games (board games, apps, ect.)
What is the story about your school's history?
Do some research and share your school's history. Celebrate your school and it's anniversary.
- Foundation of the school
- History of the school name
- What was it like 50 years ago?
- Renovation: before and after photos of the school building (s)
- Local news: find out what's going on in the near area of the school. Is there something interesting for students and teachers? Write reports and articles and take some photographs.
What is on the school's agenda?
- Will the bus stop be rebuilt?
- Is there a new sports complex?
- Has a new basketball hoop been installed in the park?
- Interview with the mayor
- Interview other important groups of people in your city or town
- Opinions and perspectives
Ask your classmates to write opinion articles, letters to the editor, and editorials about:
- School rules
- School classes and subjects
- School uniforms
- What makes a good teacher?
- What makes a good student?
Include opinions and tips on personal topics in your magazine. For example:
- How do you make friends?
- How do you work well together? (teamwork)
- How can you overcome fear?
- How can you get rid of bad habits?
- How can you deal with peer pressure?
- What can you do against bullying?
More ideas you can implement in your school newspaper or magazine project at school
- Comics (written and drawn by students)
- Project on socially relevant topics
- Practical work
- Results of creative projects (art works)
How do you make your own school magazine?
- Create an account in Jilster
- Make a design in the makerspace
- Choose a template from our selection
- Invite students, teachers, and parents to collaborate together
- Get creative. Add images, your own photos, texts, PDF-files and edit the pages as you wish. You can also use templates & cliparts.
- Do a final edit
- Place your order
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There are three main categories of magazines, including consumer, trade, professional and in-house. Magazines within these categories cover many subject areas and target audiences with a diverse range of interests.
There are three types of magazines: consumer, trade and professional, and house organ, or in-house. Magazines are categorized according to the audiences they address. Consumer magazines target a specific audience within the masses of people...
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