News Punch®


Build Comprehension Through News-Based
Vocabulary and Writing Activities


Try a Vocabulary Example!

Step 1: Read the current article
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Step 2: Start activities now!
(Refer back to the article as needed)
Launch News Punch

Try a Writing Example!

Step 1: Read the current article
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Step 2: Start activities now!
(Refer back to the article as needed)
Launch News Punch

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About News Punch

Mastering the ability to find evidence in a text, and presenting a clear, concise understanding of it in writing are essential college and career skills in the 21st century.

Developing these skills requires practice and personalized, in-depth support. Typically, teachers do not have enough time to give to pupils the attention they deserve.

This is where News Punch fits in.

News Punch uses fresh, buzz-worthy news articles as the basis for structured and supportive reading, vocabulary, and writing activities that build comprehension.

Students read current events articles, and then are guided through a step-by-step process to insure they write clear, concise responses to the texts. Built-in hints and tips assist students as they work.

Writing is automatically stored at various stages of development in a management system for students and teachers. Students learn to write and rewrite in a true recursive process.

New activities are created several times a month throughout the U.S. school year. The topics -- which range from the serious to the zany -- have covered the Flint water crisis, the race between Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk to build reusable rockets, and a disgusting, but popular wall in Seattle covered in chewing gum.

Educators and students are encouraged to submit topics. Our team can created custom activities for a reasonable fee.

How to use News Punch

  1. Students to read the news article.
  2. Ask students answer the vocabulary activities.
  3. Next, assign the writing response activity.
  4. Advise students to read the article as many times as necessary.
  5. Compare and discuss student writing in class or online.

News Punch is straightforward and easy to use. However, if help is needed, our team is ready and available via telephone and email.

Why wait? Add Punch to your arsenal today.

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Academic Standards

News Punch aligns with most secondary grade and college prep standards, including the Common Core, such as:

  • Reading in content areas through science, technology, and social studies
  • Finding evidence in text
  • Recursive writing
  • Writing clear and concise constructive responses
  • Presenting oral and written arguments

Contact us for detailed alignments.

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News Punch School and Institution Pricing



Please contact Merit for current pricing.


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Contact Us

Mailing Address:

Merit Software
244 5th Avenue
Suite 2491
New York, NY 10001

Phone Numbers:

Toll-Free: (800) 753-6488
(212) 675-8567

Fax: (646) 351-0423

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