writing a newspaper article
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In this lesson, students will write a news article for the school newspaper. The lesson begins with a discussion about freedom of speech and the important role it plays in journalism. Next, students will learn how to create news articles by developing ‘lead paragraphs’ and by using the ‘inverted pyramid’ model. Once this is done, they will be given time during class to select topics, conduct research, write their articles and proof read and peer edit their own and other’s works.
- understand journalistic terms and vocabulary
- understand the structure of news articles
- produce and publish written work, using appropriate technology
- analyse and assess the information and ideas gathered from a variety of print and electronic sources
- develop keyboarding skills
- develop peer editing and proof reading skills
Answer the 5 Ws of news writing before you begin composing the story. The 5 Ws are the Who, What, When, Where, Why (and How) of the event you are reporting on. These should be recorded in your notes.
Spell out any acronyms and introduce the main organizations or individuals in the story. Include quotes that discuss the most important details, if available.
Every phrase, sentence or paragraph should flow from the preceding one and carry the reader smoothly from one thought or event to the next. Some useful words to aid the transition are:
also, thus, since, likewise, however, another, meanwhile, accordingly, subsequently, furthermore, etc.