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Big Writing Talk Homework This term we have been looking at how to write a recount suitable for a newspaper article. We have been focussing on the story of Little Red Riding Hood; using talk and drama to develop ideas about the detail of the story and what might have happened afterwards. We have learned one newspaper article about the woodcutter off by heart and looked at how all newspaper articles can be planned ready for writing. You might like to ask your child to tell you the article “Local hero wins medal” – be prepared to be impressed! Using the framework for planning and writing that we have studied, the children should now be able to write a newspaper article on any subject. During the week beginning 14 May the children will be asked to write a newspaper article about the discovery of something special, for example a rare species of flower or animal, an unidentified object or a specific treasure. Please would you spend some time talking with your child about the discovery of their choice and the events surrounding its finding. Your child should be sure about what the object is, who found it and where, and what is going to happen as a result of this discovery. Please try to find a suitable time to do this, when your child is receptive and not too tired. Try to avoid too many distractions, for example make sure the television is turned off while you are talking. On the back of this letter you will find some helpful tables to help your child plan their article and think through the appropriate vocabulary and features that they will need to be successful in the task. Please note they will not be allowed to bring anything written into the session, but will be given time to plan the article in class. If they have already done this at home with you, this will give them an advantage; however it is the talk that is the most important element of the homework. Thank you for your support. Key ingredients for writing effective news articles Beginning Plan your article (box it up) remembering your audience. Think of a punchy headline. Begin with news hook to grab reader’s interest including: Who? What? When? Why? Where? Read your introduction aloud to see if it sounds good. Middle Add more engaging detail on key story. Include central character detail including a quote. Read your article through so far to see if it sounds good. End Round your story off possibly with a warning of what could happen next. Read the whole article through to see if it sounds good. News article writing checklist with examples Plan it – order the Plan your article (box it up) remembering your audience. information Select the most interesting, amusing or astonishing events logically to hook your reader. Begin with a news hook to grab the reader’s interest including: Who? What? When? Why? Where? Round off your story possibly with a hint of what could happen next. Link it – make Check that you have linked your ideas successfully with your article fit connectives or signposts. together well Read your article through to see if the sections flow. Expression – make Use interesting varied language to keep your reader your article sound wanting to read on. interesting Check that the detail helps the reader picture what happened. Vary sentence lengths using short ones to make key points Check it Read your writing through, checking it for accuracy. Improve it wherever it does not sound quite right. Does it tell the reader what happened in an interesting and engaging way?
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