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Year-round Article Ideas


  • Reviews of classes
  • Class reports
  • Sports updates
  • Reports on school field trips
  • Book reviews
  • Movie reviews
  • Reporting on local events
  • Updates on national / international events
  • Poetry
  • Birthday announcements
  • Field Guides: plant and animal life of your region
  • Short stories (continuation every month)

January

     General Article Ideas:

  • Winter Weather
  • Winter Activities and Sports (i. e.

    Photography & Artwork:

  • Snow, ice, and frost

    Holidays:

  • New Year’s Day: Jan. 1st
  • Epiphany (a.k.a. Three Kings' Day): Jan. 6th
  • Stephen Foster Memorial Day: Jan. 13th
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day: 3rd Monday in Jan.

February (American Heart Month, Black History Month, Dental Health Month)
    

    General Article Ideas:

  • Winter Weather
  • Winter Activities and Sports (i.e. Skiing, Snowboarding, Ice-Skating, Snow Crafts) 

    Photography & Artwork:

  • Snow, ice, and frost
  • Class pictures

    Holidays:

  • National Freedom Day: Feb. 1st
  • Groundhog Day: Feb. 2nd
  • World Cancer Day: Feb. 4th
  • Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday: Feb. 12th
  • Valentine’s Day: Feb. 14th
  • National Flag of Canada Day: May 15th
  • Presidents Day: Feb. 16th
  • World Day of Social Justice: Feb. 20th
  • International Mother Language Day: Feb. 21st
  • George Washington’s Birthday: Feb. 22nd [NOTE: Federal holiday observed on the 3rd Monday in Feb.]
  • Ash Wednesday: the 7th Wednesday before Easter Sunday [marks the first day of the Season of Lent]
  • Shrove Tuesday (a.k.a. Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, & Pancake Tuesday): the day before Ash Wednesday
  • Mardi Gras (a.k.a. Carnival): the 3 days preceding Ash Wednesday [or, it is also observed on the day before Ash Wednesday]

    This Day in History:

  • The Mexican American War ends: Feb. 2, 1848

March (Womens’ History Month, National Nutrition Month, Music in our Schools Month, National Crafts Month)
    

    General Article Ideas:

  • Beginning of spring (Vernal Equinox)
  • Daylight Saving Time begins (March 8, 2009)

    Holidays:

  • Ash Wednesday: the 7th Wednesday before Easter Sunday [marks the first day of the Season of Lent]
  • Shrove Tuesday (a.k.a. Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, & Pancake Tuesday): the day before Ash Wednesday
  • Mardi Gras (a.k.a. Carnival): the 3 days preceding Ash Wednesday [or, it is also observed on the day before Ash Wednesday]
  • Save Your Vision Week: 1st week in Mar.
  • International Women’s Day: Mar. 8th
  • National Poison Prevention Week: 3rd week in Mar.
  • Pi Day: Mar. 14th
  • St. Patrick’s Day: Mar. 17th
  • Vernal Equinox (marks the beginning of spring [Northern Hemisphere]): Mar. 20th or Mar. 21st
  • Holy Week: the week before Easter Sunday
  • Palm Sunday (a.k.a. Passion Sunday): the last Sunday before Easter Sunday [first day of Holy Week]
  • Holy Thursday (a.k.a. Maundy Thursday): the last Thursday before Easter Sunday [part of Holy Week]
  • Good Friday (a.k.a. Holy Friday): the last Friday before Easter Sunday [part of Holy Week]
  • Holy Saturday: the last Saturday before Easter Sunday [last day of Holy Week]
  • Easter: 1st Sunday after the 1st full moon after the vernal equinox [a Sunday between Mar. 22 & Apr. 25]

    This Day in History:

  • Boston Massacre: Mar. 5, 1770
  • Iraq War begins: Mar. 20, 2003

 April (Cancer Control Month)
    

    General Article Ideas:

  • Spring Weather

    Photography & Artwork:

  • Flowers and new growth
  • Wild animals  

    Holidays:

  • April Fool’s Day: Apr. 1st
  • Easter: 1st Sunday after the 1st full moon after the vernal equinox [a Sunday between Mar. 22 & Apr. 25]
  • Thomas Jefferson’s Birthday: Apr. 13th
  • Tax Day: Apr. 15th
  • Earth Day: Apr. 22nd
  • World Book and Copyright Day: Apr. 23rd
  • Administrative Assistants' Day: Wednesday before the last Saturday in Apr.
  • Arbor Day: last Friday in Apr. [NOTE: it may also occur from September to May {See List of Arbor Day Dates}]

    This Day in History:

  • US enters WWI: Apr. 6, 1917
  • Robert E. Lee surrenders the army of northern Virginia to Ulysses S. Grant (recognized as the end of the Civil War): Apr. 9, 1865
  • Civil War begins: Apr. 12, 1861
  • Assassination of Abraham Lincoln: Apr. 14, 1865
  • Revolutionary War begins: Apr. 19, 1775
  • Spanish American War begins: Apr. 25, 1898

May (Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, Steelmark Month)
    

    General Article Ideas:

  • End of school
  • Overview of the school year
  • Plans for the summer
  • Graduating students (high school or college): plans for the future (college, starting a new life, finding the right career, etc.)
  • List of graduating students

    Photography & Artwork:

  • Graduation pictures  

    Holidays:

  • May Day: May 1st
  • Law Day: May 1st
  • Loyalty Day: May 1st
  • Cinco de Mayo: May 5th
  • National Day of Prayer: 1st Thursday in May
  • Mothers’ Day: 2nd Sunday in May
  • Peace Officers Memorial Day: May 15th [the week in which this day occurs is recognized as Police Week]
  • World Information Society Day: May 17th
  • Victoria Day (Canada): May 18th
  • National Defense Transportation Day: 3rd Friday in May [the week in which this day occurs is recognized as National Transportation Week]
  • Armed Forces Day: 3rd Saturday in May
  • National Maritime Day: May 22nd
  • African Liberation Day: May 25th
  • Ascension Day: 40th day after Easter Sunday
  • Pentecost: 50th day after Easter Sunday
  • Whit Monday: the day after Pentecost
  • Trinity Sunday: 1st Sunday after Pentecost
  • Feast of Corpus Christi: 1st Thursday after Trinity Sunday
  • National Safe Boating Week: 7 day observance which ends on the last Friday before Memorial Day
  • Memorial Day: last Monday in May

    This Day in History:

  • The Mexican American War begins: May 13, 1846
  • Joan of Arc is burnt at the stake: May 31, 1431

June
    

    Article Ideas:

  • Upcoming summer vacations
  • Reviews of summer vacations
  • Upcoming summer camps
  • Reviews of summer camps
  • Summer Weather
  • Summer sports & activities (i.e. the beach, surfing, gardening, etc.)
  • Beginning of summer (Summer Solstice)

    Photography & Artwork:

  • Flowers and plant life
  • Wild animals

    Holidays:

  • World Environment Day: Jun. 5th
  • Ascension Day: 40th day after Easter Sunday
  • Pentecost (a.k.a. Whitsunday): 50th day after Easter Sunday
  • Whit Monday: the day after Pentecost
  • Trinity Sunday: 1st Sunday after Pentecost
  • Feast of Corpus Christi: 1st Thursday after Trinity Sunday
  • Flag Day: June 14 [the week in which this day occurs is recognized as National Flag Week]
  • Honor America Days: Jun. 14 – Jul. 4 [the 21 days between Flag Day and Independence Day]
  • Fathers’ Day: 3rd Sunday in June
  • Juneteenth: Jun. 19
  • Summer Solstice (marks the beginning of summer [Northern Hemisphere]): Jun. 20th  or Jun. 21st

    This Day in History:

  • D-Day: Jun. 6, 1944
  • Battle of Bunker Hill: Jun. 17, 1775
  • War of 1812 begins: Jun. 18, 1812
  • The Archduke Francis Ferdinand of Austria and his wife were assassinated in Sarajevo (which caused a chain of events over the next few months that led to the outbreak of WWI): Jun. 28, 1914
  • The Treaty of Versailles is signed officially ending WWI: Jun. 28, 1919
  • Custer’s Last Stand (Battle of Little Big Horn): Jun. 25, 1876
  • The Korean War begins: Jun. 25, 1950

July
    

    General Article Ideas:

  • Upcoming summer camps
  • Reviews of summer camps
  • Summer sports & activities (the beach, surfing, gardening, etc.)
  • Summer Weather

    Photography & Artwork:

  • Photos from vacations, travels, and adventures over the summer
  • Flowers and plant life
  • Wild animals
  • Bugs (i.e. butterflies, fireflies, etc.)

    Holidays:

  • Canada Day: July 1st
  • United State’s Independence Day: Jul. 4th
  • Parents’ Day: 4th Sunday in Jul.

    This Day in History:

  • The Battle of Gettysburg: Jul. 1, 1865 – Jul. 3, 1865
  • The Korean War ends: Jul. 27, 1953

August
    

    General Article Ideas:

  • School Starting Back Up
  • Upcoming Classes 

    Holidays:

  • Civic Holiday (Canada): Aug. 3rd
  • National Aviation Day: Aug. 19th
  • Women's Equality Day: Aug. 26th

September
   

    General Article Ideas:

  • Beginning of autumn (Autumnal Equinox)

    Holidays:

  • Labor Day: 1st Monday in Sep.
  • Garner Federal Lands Cleanup Day: 1st Saturday after Labor Day
  • Grandparents’ Day: 1st Sunday after Labor Day
  • Patriot Day: Sep. 11th
  • National Hispanic Heritage Month: Sep. 15th – Oct. 15th
  • Mexican Independence Day: Sep. 16th
  • Constitution Day: Sep. 17th
  • Citizenship Day: Sep. 17th
  • Constitution Week: Sep. 17th – 23rd
  • Talk like a Pirate Day: Sep. 19th
  • International Day of Peace: Sep. 21st
  • Autumnal Equinox (marks the beginning of fall): [Northern Hemisphere]: Sep. 22nd or Sep. 23rd
  • Gold Star Mother’s Day: last Sunday in Sep.

    This Day in History:

  • The Nazis invade Poland, effectively beginning WWII: Sep. 1, 1939
  • Japan signs a surrender agreement, officially ending WWII: Sep. 2, 1945

October (National Disability Employment Awareness Month)
    

    General Article Ideas:

  • Fall Weather
  • Harvesting crops (pumpkins, corn, squashes, etc.)
  • Fall activities
  • Plans for Halloween

    Photography & Artwork:

  • Leaves changing color

    Holidays:

  • World Teachers' Day: Oct. 5th
  • Leif Erikson Day: Oct. 9th
  • Columbus Day: Oct. 12th [NOTE: Federal holiday observed on 2nd Monday in Oct.]
  • Thanksgiving Day (Canada): 2nd Monday in Oct.
  • Child Health Day: 1st Monday in Oct.
  • National School Lunch Week: begins on the 2nd Sunday in Oct.
  • White Cane Safety Day: Oct. 15th
  • National Boss' Day: Oct. 16th
  • National Forest Products Week: begins the 3rd Sunday in Oct.
  • Mole Day: Oct. 23rd
  • United Nations Day: Oct. 24th
  • Halloween: Oct. 31st

    This Day in History:

  • Christopher Columbus first finds land – an island which he names San Salvador: Oct. 12, 1492
  • Revolutionary War ends: Oct. 19, 1781
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 November
    

    General Article Ideas:

  • Plans for Thanksgiving
  • Things to be thankful for
  • Daylight Saving Time ends (Nov. 1, 2009)
  • First snow

    Photography & Artwork:

  • Leaves changing color
  • Snow, Ice, and Frost

     Holidays:

  • All Saints Day: Nov. 1st
  • All Souls' Day: Nov. 2nd [if this date falls on a Sunday or a solemnity, it is observed on Nov. 3rd]
  • Day of the Dead  (Día de los Muertos): Nov. 2nd
  • Veterans Day: Nov. 11th
  • Thanksgiving: 4th Thursday in Nov.
  • Black Friday: the day after Thanksgiving (4th. Friday in Nov.)

     This Day in History:

  • Blackbeard (Edward Teach) is defeated: Nov. 22, 1718

December
   

    General Article Ideas:

  • Holiday Plans
  • Beginning of winter (Winter Solstice)
  • Winter Weather
  • Winter Activities and Sports (i. e. skiing, snowboarding, ice-skating, snow crafts, etc.)
  • A Year in Review
  • New Year Resolutions

    Photography & Artwork:

  • Pictures from the past year
  • Holiday lights, decorations, etc.

    Holidays:

  • World AIDS Day: Dec. 1st
  • National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day: Dec. 7th
  • Pan American Aviation Day: Dec. 17th
  • Wright Brothers Day: Dec. 17th
  • Winter Solstice (marks the beginning of winter [Northern Hemisphere]): Dec. 21st or Dec. 22nd
  • Christmas: Dec. 25th
  • Boxing Day (Canada): Dec. 26th
  • First day of Kwanzaa: Dec. 26th [lasts until Jan. 1st]
  • Hanukkah (Chanukah): begins on the 25th day of Kislev on the Hebrew Calender [occurs on varying dates in December]

    This day in history:

  • Attack on Pearl Harbor: Dec. 7, 1941
  • US enters WWII: Dec. 8, 1941
  • Spanish American War ends: Dec. 10, 1898
  • Boston Tea Party: Dec. 16, 1773
  • George Washington Crosses the Delaware: Dec. 25, 1776
  • The Treaty of Ghent is signed (recognized as the end of The War of 1812): Dec. 24, 1814

 

 

 

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