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Title: Writing a News Report


1
Writing a News Report
2
Types of News Audiences
  • School News parents, students, and teachers
  • Local News people who live in the community
  • Sports News people who are interested in sports
  • Entertainment News people who are interested in
    music, movies, TV
  • World News people interested in world events

3
Science Perfects a Swing
  • Practice Companion p. 128
  • What type of news is this?
  • Who is the audience?
  • What did you learn?
  • How is this topic related to what we have been
    reading about science?
  • How is the writing organized?
  • Where is the most important information?
  • What does the author want us to know about tennis
    rackets?

4
Characteristics of a News Report
  • A good news report
  • informs readers about current events.
  • has a headline that grabs readers attention.
  • has a lead sentence that summarizes the most
    important information.
  • has supporting sentences and paragraphs that tell
    who, what, where, when, why, and how.
  • has facts and details that relate to the topic.
  • has information presented from most to least
    important.

5
Organization of a News Report
Lead sentence with the most important information.
Paragraphs that give facts and details.
Least important information.
6
Science Perfects a Swing
  • What is the lead sentence?
  • What paragraphs give supporting details?
  • What is the least important information?
  • Answer the 5W H Questions
  • Who?
  • What?
  • Where?
  • When?
  • Why?
  • How?

7
Prewriting
  • Brainstorm your ideas of the type of news report
    you would like to write.
  • Who will your audience be?
  • What are possible topics?
  • Practice Companion p. 129 Evaluation Rubric

8
Newsworthy Topics
  • Current Recent events make good topics for news
    reports.
  • Important Does the topic affect a lot of
    people?
  • Nearby Did it happen close to us?
  • Well-Known Is it about a person or place that
    is well-known?
  • Emotional Does it contain strong emotions the
    reader can respond to?

9
Newsworthy or not?
  • The School Board voted to keep schools open
    twelve months a year.
  • The school assembly started ten minutes late last
    Friday.
  • The car was lost in the school parking lot.
  • Local restaurant gives extra food to homeless
    shelter.
  • School book drive collects books for schools
    damaged by hurricane.

10
Cause and Effect Connection
  • Skilled news writers make connections between
    causes and effects very clear in their reports so
    that readers understand how events happened and
    what the results of those events were.

11
Independent Writing
  • Select a topic
  • Think of who your audience is
  • Answer the 5W H Questions

12
Gather Information - Interviews
  • One way to gather information for a news report
    is to interview someone who is involved or knows
    about the news event.
  • This could be an expert or a witness.
  • Planning and asking your interview questions will
    help you learn more about the news event.
  • Your questions should be the 5WH Questions.

13
During the Interview
  • Ask open-ended questions
  • Jot down new questions as you think of them
  • Be friendly polite
  • Listen carefully be responsive
  • Take notes

14
Independent Writing
  • Work with a partner to generate questions for the
    person you plan to interview.
  • Practice asking your partner the questions and
    taking notes on the responses.

15
Reflect on Your Writing
  • Revisit the Evaluation Rubric on p. 129 in your
    Practice Companion

16
Using Direct Quotations
  • A direct quote is the exact words of another
    person. A writers uses these so that the reader
    knows exactly what that person said.
  • They are most effective when there are just a few
    important quotes and they are short.

17
Write a First Draft
  • Remember
  • A news report begins with the most important
    information about the topic.
  • It continues with facts and details about the
    topic.
  • It concludes with the least important information
    about the topic.

18
Write a Lead
  • A lead is the first and most important sentence
    in a news report.
  • With a strong focus and good lead, the rest of
    your report will flow naturally.

19
Write Objectively
  • When writing a news report it is important to
    write objectively do not let your personal
    opinions show through in your writing.
  • Avoid words that have obvious positive or
    negative connotations like best, greatest, and
    worst.
  • Also avoid words that suggest your personal
    opinion like In my opinion, I believe, and I
    think.

20
Supporting Paragraphs
  • Give interesting facts and details about the
    topic
  • Support the main idea of the report

21
Write a Headline
  • A headline is the title of a news report.
  • Writers often write their headlines last so that
    they can see what interesting fact might grab the
    readers attention.
  • The purpose of a headline is to attract attention
    and encourage the reader to keep reading.

22
A Strong Headline
  • Tells the topic of the report
  • Is written in the present tense and uses action
    verbs
  • Captures the readers attention

23
Revise the Draft
  • Continue to check your work using the Evaluation
    Rubric on p. 129 in your Practice Companion

24
Peer Review Routine
  • The writer shares his or her report.
  • The reviewer tells what he or she liked about the
    report.
  • The reviewer asks questions about the report.
  • The reviewer makes suggestions for changes.
  • The writer makes notes of the reviewers
    comments.
  • The partners switch roles.
  • See Peer Evaluation Form in your Practice
    Companion p. 130

25
Edit the Draft
  • Use the Editing Checklist to read your report
    several times and look for one or two kinds of
    errors at a time.

26
Publish the Final Draft
  • Review the Evaluation Rubric (Practice Companion
    p. 129) one more time.
  • Read each area carefully and evaluate how well
    you did.
  • Experienced writers go back many times to revise
    and edit their work.
  • Make any final changes youd like to make to make
    it your best work.
  • Make your final draft.
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