Teach students the art of writing leads with this beginner activity that asks them to capture the gist of a nursery rhyme in news lead format. This activity is both fun and a great way to have starter conversations about news writing, particularly the role of timeliness, attributing sources, and handling alleged crimes. This package includes the following:
(1) 15 classic nursery rhymes ready to be translated into news leads (complete with directions and guiding questions),
(2) One page of example nursery rhyme news leads,
(3) a specific lead writing rubric for assessment,
(4) notes on the following concepts: 10 elements of news, interesting vs. important, and the role of the six question words in lead writing.
Have some good laughs in class while students learn the basics of writing news leads.