Writing News Stories guides your students step-by-step through the process of writing about news that shapes their world. Instructions, activities, examples, videos, interactives, and downloads help students gain new writing strategies and skills. You can also present this unit right from your interactive whiteboard.
Students begin by searching their environment for news stories: observing, noting, photographing, and networking. Then they read a sample news brief and news story. After responding to the reading, students are ready to write their own news stories:
- Prewriting activities help students find newsworthy topics, use the journalistic questions, and conduct interviews.
- Writing activities help students create a lead that communicates the most important part of the topic. Students then develop body paragraphs that answer the 5 W's and H and provide details in descending order of importance (the inverted pyramid). An ending paragraph brings the news story to an effective close.
- Revising activities help students check order of importance, add a headline and photo, get a peer review, and use a checklist to make improvements.
- Editing activities help students make passive sentences active, correctly and accurately quote others, and use a checklist to ensure correctness.
- Publishing activities help students create a clean final copy of their news story and reflect on what they have learned.