WIDE READING ONE Newspaper Articles Annie Davis
THE WORLDS WITHIN BOOKS In groups you will be writing and publishing an online newspaper.The newspaper will be covering stories and events that have taken place in the worlds of the novels you have been reading.Each member of the group is to contribute two articles about events from the book they have chosen.
TASK After reading a novel you will write two newspaper articles that are inspired by the novel.These could be an articles on important events that have taken place in your novel. Choose two templates from the Newspaper Template Keynote. Combine your articles with the rest of your group. Give your group’s newspaper a name. Post your groups final newspaper to your blog and Tweet the link
GETTING STARTED Get started with a bit of fun. Download Noob- Fake News Generator- Create a Noob about a character from your chosen novel study. Pay close attention to the layout and structure of a newspaper article. Post the link to this on your blog. Read two examples of newspaper articles from the Herald.Take note of how many paragraphs there are and what information each paragraph deals with.
1. LEAD PARAGRAPHThe first paragraph of a newspaperarticle is called the lead.The lead should summarize themain facts of the article.Explain the 5 Ws (who, what,when, where, and why) andhow.The first paragraph should alsocontain a hook, something thatgrabs the readers attention andmakes the reader want to read therest of the article.
2. NUT PARAGRAPH The nut graph is the paragraph thatcontains the core information about thestory and tells the reader why the story is important. The nut paragraph explains why it is important to know about this event.The nut paragraph sums up the story in a nutshell and tells us why it is important.
3. BODY PARAGRAPHS The remainder of the article should contain at least two supporting paragraphs that go into more detail about the topic, often including quotes and interesting facts. The less important information should appear later in the article, since the article may be cropped (shortened) by theeditor (the person who puts the newspaper together) to make the article fit on the newspaper page.
TIPS• The reporters opinions should not appear in the article - only the facts.• Use clear and simple language.• Keep the article short and to the point.• Use active verbs (for example: Man bites dog) and not passive verbs (for example: Dog bitten by man).• Each picture, graph or illustration should have a caption describing or explaining it.
GROUP NEWSPAPERPut all of your articles together into one keynotepresentation.Post the final newspaper onto your blog and Tweeta link.Make sure your groups newspaper has a name.