1 How to Write a News Report A Complete Guide AQ 2 Writing a News Report Task: Write a news report based on the headline and picture below: You will have to make up the facts and information, answering some or all of the following questions: Who? What? Where? When? Why? How? You must relate your newspaper report to BOTH the headline and the picture AND the Shakespeare play of Romeo and Juliet. Purpose and to report on an event for the readers of a Audience: newspaper. Length: The lined space provided for your written work (1 page) indicates the approximate length of the writing expected. A ROYAL MURDER 3 Mini Lesson Plan 1 Read the headline and picture and decide on an event. Ask: What happened? 2 Jot down answers to the questions Who? What? Where? When? Why? How? 3 List the names of participants. Write 4 Write the opening paragraph: briefly state what happened. 5 Write the body: explain what happened, who was involved, where the event took place, and why it was important. Use quotes from participants to support the facts in your news story. 6 Write in the third person (he, she, it, they). Avoid using the first person (I). 7 Write a conclusion or ending to your news story. Review 8 Review and correct. *Use the VISUAL PLANNER to help you plan your news report 4 ROUGH NOTES STEP ONE Brainstorm: (use a mind map or another kind of graphic organizer to brainstorm ideas about your story below) 5 STEP TWO Name the event (what is your news report about?) _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ STEP THREE List the answers to the questions: WHO? ________________________________________________ WHEN? _______________________________________________ WHERE? ______________________________________________ WHY? ________________________________________________ HOW? ________________________________________________ STEP THREE List the names of the participants: _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ Note concluding details (how it ended; what might happen as a result). _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ 6 CHECKLIST for Writing a News Report The first paragraph answers who, what, where, and when. The second paragraph answers why and how. The third, fourth, fifth, and sixth paragraphs provide more details using quotations from participants. I have clearly identified a single event. I have told enough for the reader to understand what has happened. I have used separate paragraphs. The paragraphs are clearly marked. I have used transitional words and phrases to link the sequence of events. I have included direct and indirect quotes from participants in the story. The sequence of events is logical. I have used complete sentences. I have used correct grammar, spelling and punctuation. The tone is objective and unbiased. 7 Sample News Report: Teen Movies are Harming Morals of Young A growing number of movies targeting the teen or tween markets focus on sex and violence, and are influencing young people to do the things they see happening in these films. Movies like Euro Trip and 13 show teens participating in drinking, sexual behaviour, and other immoral activities that are inappropriate, and many young people are imitating the behaviour. Noted media expert, Keisha Morales, says, “When young people watch these kids smoking drugs, drinking, and having sex, they see it as a normal activity and try to emulate it. What they don’t see in the movies though, are the consequences of these actions: hangovers, addictions, and disease.” Others disagree. Some say that these movies aren’t any worse than old westerns, gangster and kung-fu movies. Student Peter Lapinski says, “Yes, we watch movies with action, sex, and violence, but we also see this on the news movies doesn’t mean we’ll do it too. Give us some credit!” Ultimately it’s up to parents to be aware of what their kids are watching, who their heroes are, and what their friends are doing. Kids need to know what is acceptable in society today. 8 ENG 1D1 News Report Writing is a form of EXPOSITORY writing, which uses objective means to EXPLAIN FACTS without opinion. Your task to write a news report on the events that occur in Act 3, scene 1 in Romeo and Juliet using the headline and photo provided on page 2 of this document. Your assignment to write a news report is due on: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 5TH. It must use MLA FORMAT: 1. Typed 2. 11 font size 3. Times New Roman or Arial Font Style 4. Name, Teacher’s Name, Course, Date in upper right-hand corner GOOD LUCK!
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