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TweenTribune is an online newspaper that is written exclusively for “tweens”, 8-14 years old. The goal is to get kids hooked on reading and seeking out news on a daily basis. To promote this behavior, TweenTribune updates daily with stories that are kid-friendly from reliable sources (such as AP and CNN). Two other appealing features are the ability to comment on articles and post your own stories.

A teacher will need to register his/her class. It then is very easy for a student to sign up. (The site encourages students to sign up versus a teacher signing up for them. A plus is that no email is required for students. However, I believe sign up procedures should be left up to the discretion of the teacher based on the age level of the students.)

Still, no worries- the teacher is in control and can moderate comments. When a teacher logs-in, s/he can sort through the activity of his/her students using links on the sidebar.¬†Another good assessment feature is being able to print individual reports of student’s comments.

This site presents itself as a great place for elementary students to read current events that are appealing to them. Having the option to comment in a safe, moderated environment gives them authentic practice of contributing to the conversations of a community. Many classrooms still subscribe to a paper magazine (such as TFK for Kids), but with an online news service the discussion goes beyond the classroom walls, and it is FREE.

If a teacher is looking to add more non-fiction reading with short written response & reflection to his/her classroom, TweenTribune may be a good choice.

5 Comments to


  1. January 26th, 2010 at 3:26 pm       Patti Says:

    This is a great alternative to TFK that many teachers use. It’s current and best of all it’s free! It’s nice to have another nonfiction resource for students.

  2. January 26th, 2010 at 4:02 pm       lsanderson Says:

    Patti, I’m curious- would this be a good resource for ELL students?

  3. January 26th, 2010 at 7:41 pm       Maggie Hos-McGrane Says:

    This looks great! I am going to share this online newspaper with our Grade 4 and 5 teachers.

  4. January 27th, 2010 at 3:45 am       bigsissy Says:

    Thank you for sharing. I’ve already added it to our school’s online newspaper blogroll. Student journalists can browse TweenTribune for new story ideas!


  5. January 27th, 2010 at 4:04 am       Kelly Says:

    Neat! I am sending this to 5th grade teachers now. Students are loving watching the weekly CNN Kids News program, this would be an excellent tie in.

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