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Asking and Answering the 5 W's and H Questions

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Asking and Answering the 5 W's and H Questions

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To collect key information about your writing topic, ask and answer the 5 W's and H questions—Who? What? When? Where? Why? and How? These questions are sometimes called journalistic questions because all news stories should answer them. Gather answers to the 5 W's and H questions anytime you are writing about an event, an experience, or something that happened.

5 W's and H Questions

  • Who was involved?
  • What happened?
  • When did it happen?
  • Where did it happen?
  • Why did it happen?
  • How did it happen?

Your Turn Find answers to the 5 W's and H questions in a news story.

  1. Choose an interesting news story from a newspaper, blog, or Web site.
  2. Read the story closely.
  3. Search for and record answers to the 5 W's and H questions about the story. (Hint: The answers should appear near the beginning.)
  4. Share the answers with your classmates to help them understand the story.

Your Turn Answer the 5 W's and H questions about the best thing you did or experienced last weekend.

From the unit "Writing News Stories"

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