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How to Write a
 News Report

   A Complete Guide




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                       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
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             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
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               ROUGH NOTES

STEP ONE
Brainstorm:
(use a mind map or another kind of graphic
organizer to brainstorm ideas about your story
below)
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STEP TWO

Name the event (what is your news report about?)
_______________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________
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STEP THREE

List the answers to the questions:

WHO? ________________________________________________

WHEN? _______________________________________________

WHERE? ______________________________________________

WHY? ________________________________________________

HOW? ________________________________________________


STEP THREE

List the names of the participants:
_______________________________________________________
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_______________________________________________________

Note concluding details (how it ended; what might happen as a
result).
_______________________________________________________
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    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.
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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.
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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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