Background Imagine you are working on a poetry report for Language Arts. You have found some great web sites with definitions, examples and pictures.The web pages are very long, and youwon’t remember all of it when you getback to class to work on it. So, youneed to pull out just the facts. Hereare some tips on how to do this.
ObjectiveBy the end of this lesson you will knowthat: The ‘Be A Reporter’ strategy can help in writing notes and recording findings from a web site. Not all information on a web page is helpful, some of it can be ignored (omitted.) Referencing is a very important part of a search.
LessonBeing a reporter or detective is a toughjob, you need to be alert, and ask goodquestions.By asking good questionsand reading you will be ableto find out A LOT of goodinformation.
Who What The 5 W’s and the H The 5 W’s and the H When Where Why HowReporters use the 5 W’s and the H, all the time toask questions. These 6 questions are THE mosthelpful ones to ask yourself when reading.
Take the time to ask questions,then be sure to make the time to answer them.How this works is when you find a goodweb site, you need to find the answers tothe 5 W’s and an H as you read.By doing this, you are pushing yourself tofind meaning in the reading and pull outthe important information.
While you are looking at the web site, ask yourself the question: WHO Who worked on the web site (authors)? Who is the author talking about or to (if any)? Who is the web site built for? Who …Write your answers down, these will become your notes.
WHAT What question was the author answering? What is the the main idea for the web site (title)? What new things did you learn? What …Your answers, are the notes that will help youremember what is important.
WHEN When was the web page published (updated)? When is the important event happening? When …Your notes will be a study guide, as they are the mostimportant pieces of information.
WHEREWhere is the main character or writer from?Where is the action taking place?Where are the headings and titles?Where …
WHY Why did you select this web site? Why is the important event happening Why….Your notes will follow you when you go back to theclassroom, so write down ONLY what is important (theanswers to the questions.)
And last, but not least ask questions which contain: HOWHow did it happen?How did they do that?How did the story end?How …
Were you a good reporter, did you get answersto all of your questions? Find out by looking at your notes and see if they make sense. Do you have all the important points written down? If not, go back and get the answers.
Let’s Review• By asking questions like a reporter, we canpull the important facts from a web site.• The 5 W’s and an H are helpful starting pointsfor your questions.• Your answers become the review (study)notes of the web site.• Be sure to reference the web site you werelooking at for answers. Remember the more you practice the faster and easier this process will become. Go complete Activity Sheet 4.