This lesson guides learners as they inform a public audience about philanthropic acts that enhance the common good. The learners write newspaper articles that describe their own acts of service and volunteerism or those of other individuals or groups in their community.
One to two 50 minute class periods depending on the amount of class time used for research and writing
The learner will:
Ask the learners to form groups of three or four students. Give each group a copy of a different newspaper, preferably one national, one state, and one regional or school newspaper. Tell the group to get familiar with the paper, looking at headlines that grab their attention and grouping and counting the types of articles included in their paper (try to group them in meaningful ways, such as three foreign stories, eight local news, two weather related, etc.). Ask each group to prepare a quick report telling about their paper, including the number of sections and the types and numbers of articles included.
The teacher may use Attachment One: Writing a Newspaper Article Organizer/Rubric as an evaluation tool.
Lesson Developed By:Clare Friend
Headline (5 pts.):
The headline is the title of the article and expresses the main idea of the story using direct and dramatic action verbs and nouns.
Byline: Often listed after the title, the byline gives the name of the person writing the story and his or her title.
Lead (5 pts):
The lead is the first sentence in the article, and it gives the most important information to “hook” the reader’s attention.
Body: (50 pts):
The body is the main part of the article, and it contains the five Ws.
Write three or four important details about the story (10 pts).
Include summary or final detail (10 pts).
The article must be factual and unbiased (10 pts).
Use appropriate writing mechanics: spelling, grammar, syntax, voice (10pts).
By Line: (Reporter’s Name):
Place a check mark in the appropriate box if evidence of each item is found in the story. Include constructive comments in the space provided.
|Summary or Final Detail|
|Personal Opinion is left out|
|Correct Spelling and Grammar|
Peer Editor’s Comments:
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