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The Editor Challenge: student activities

These resources are designed for teachers and students taking part in The Editor Challenge competition. The competition provides Key Stage 2 pupils with the opportunity to produce their very own magazine. Below you will find instructions, templates and images for each of the five challenges that make up the competition.

As pupils complete each challenge they can mark it off on their very own achievement chart. Pupils who complete at least three out of the five challenges are eligible to be entered into the random prize draw

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Celebrity Feature

Feature screenshotPupils are provided with instructions and tips on how to interview their favourite celebrity and write this up as a feature article. Two versions of the template are provided so that teachers can pick the one most suitable for their pupils.

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Quizzes screenshotPupils are challenged to create two different types of quiz – a true or false quiz and a face mash-up. Full instructions are given, as well as an image pack and templates. Teachers can select the version of the template most suitable for their pupils or have them design their own.

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Review screenshotFor this activity pupils are asked to write a review of their favourite TV show, movie, book, music, website or app. Suggestions are given for what they could review or teachers can ask pupils to come up with their own ideas. Two versions of the template are provided for teachers to choose from based on the age and attainment level of their pupils.

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Storytelling screenshotPupils are provided with instructions and templates to create their own comic strip featuring Mr Bean or One Direction. Teachers have the option of giving pupils the templates provided or asking them to create their own storyboard with original drawings or photos.

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Design a cover

Storytelling screenshotFinally pupils are challenged to design an eye-catching front cover for their magazine. Again full instructions and a template are provided, as well as the Girl Talk and Mega magazine logos so pupils can give their work a professional appearance.

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Don’t forget to submit the names of your pupils who have completed at least three of the five challenges into the prize draw for a chance to win an eReader, a £50 book voucher, magazine subscriptions and a visit from a storyteller!

In addition you can submit the work of up to three pupils from each class into the bonus writing category. Submitted magazines will be judged by a panel and the winner will be invited to the Immediate Media head office in London to meet with the Girl Talk and Mega teams and find out more about how the magazines are put together. 

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