Using the above worksheet students match each top tip with Huw's advice.
Teachers tip: This worksheet could also be used as a plenary activity.
2. Beginning, middle, end
Print a news story from the
websites using the Printable version function at the top of the page.
Cut up the story into sections, two or three paragraphs in each section, or individual sentences if you wish to make the task more difficult.
NEWS IS WRITTEN IN
Example: Scientists have successfully produced...
In small groups, students place the sections in order before comparing their sequence with the original story.
What did you notice about the beginning, middle and end of the reports?
Where are most of the W facts?
Where are most of the opinions?
Explain: In many genres of writing, the main event occurs in the middle, or at the end, such as a murder-mystery novel. In news, the first sentence should reveal the key occurrence and often includes the key W facts.
3. Telling a story
In pairs, students tell their partner about the last thing that interested them so much, they couldn't wait to tell someone else. That's what news is about - communicating something of interest.
Alternatively, students can use the BBC News story they re-ordered at the beginning of the lesson, or a different story from the
websites, or a newspaper, and tell it to their partner in their own words.
4. Writing a script
Individually, students turn their spoken story into a script using this worksheet.
In pairs, students check each other's work to make sure it contains only the first names of anyone under 18, and amend where necessary.
6. Getting the point across
A handful of students read their scripts to the rest of the group. After each reading, ask the group: What was the main point of the story? If the majority can answer, the script is a success - it has communicated news to the audience.
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