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This zip folder contains 3 things for a mini-project that introduces students to reading, analyzing, and discussing nonfiction news articles. The Journalism Booklet gives students a basic background of news stories, including a graphic representation of the inverted pyramid text structure of news stories, an overview of the different sections of a newspaper, and a very brief overview of conservative and liberal bias in reporting. Then, I use the two graphic organizers as an ongoing assessment where I have two students sign up as reporters for the week. Each student in the pair is then responsible for finding an article that interests them. Next, they are responsible for completing the Inverted Pyramid Organization Sheet and presenting their stories to the class on a given day (This is a great activity for the beginning of class on Monday or the end of class on a Friday). The audience is responsible for filling out the Audience Participation Guide to show they were active listeners. My goal in using these tools is to help students be aware of current events and discuss the events in hopes that they are more active citizens.
NOTE: I try to give an example of how this works “live” by going to a news website and letting the class pick an article that interests them so I can model the activity. Also, students will need to have access to physical newspapers or computers with internet access to find the articles. If students do not have regular access to these tools, the project will not work.