In this original lesson by the New York Times Learning Network, students are asked to analyze the order of facts and details in a breaking news story as well as the common characteristics of a lead paragraph. Students will be asked to use this understanding to create a lead paragraph and breaking news story with a partner, covering an important local event. Within LetterPop they will then choose templates, headlines, images and captions that fit their local breaking news. Their final product will be shared with the class.
Students will predict what facts and details they expect to appear in a breaking news story about the earthquake in Seattle. Students will sequence these facts and details into an order that reflects the "inverted pyramid" writing style of most to least important news. Students will assemble in pairs, from an envelope in which the story has been cut into paragraphs, the likely sequence of "Northwest Begins Recovery a Day After Powerful Quake." Students will compare their assembled stories to the published story to examine and discuss how journalists construct a breaking news piece. Students will write their own "breaking news" lead paragraphs from a story on television news that has not yet been in the papers.
Students will collaborate in producing an online newsletter. Students will demonstrate ICT literacy skills for capturing and uploading images to illustrate their news stories.
See the Read All About It rubric.