Writing ARTICLES {Writing Informational Texts: Newspapers}

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Have you been tasked with organising the school newspaper? Do you teach journalism? Are you teaching writing as part of your ELA curriculum? ... These resources are just for you!

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Do you want your students to write factual, well-structured articles? Then this lesson plan pack will guide you through the process of teaching your students the following: the main elements of feature articles and hard news articles (and the difference between the two); the principles behind writing great headlines; the importance of genre, audience, purpose and style; and the process of planning, writing and editing their articles.

This lesson plan pack contains the following (each section contains instructions, printable worksheets and answer keys where applicable):

Lesson 1: Understanding Feature Articles: One of the best ways to learn how to write an article is to examine and discuss examples of actual feature articles. Therefore, these exercises will guide students through the process of analyzing articles in terms of their structure, language and content, so that they can better replicate these features in their own writing.

Lesson 2: What is a News Article? Students do need to know the difference between different types of newspaper articles. These activities will focus on the main properties of a news article and how it differs from a feature article in terms of structure and content. Students will read sample articles to try and see these features in use.

Lesson 3: Teaching GAPS: When learning about article writing, students must understand the concepts of GENRE, AUDIENCE, PURPOSE and STYLE (or ‘GAPS’). These four components will influence their writing and help structure their articles. These activities will help teach this important aspect of the writing process.

Lesson 4: Writing Great Headlines: One of the most important features of a newspaper article is the headline, as it is what draws a reader in and catches their attention before they read the actual article. These exercises will help to teach students to write headlines that are creative, cleaver and attention grabbing.

Lesson 5: Planning & Writing a Feature Article: If an article is well planned and thought out, it will be well-structured and the ideas presented will be clear. Therefore, these exercises and worksheets will help to guide students through the process of planning the structure and content of their articles, and drafting and writing their final pieces.

Lesson 6: Writing & Editing a News Article: Obviously, one of the most important stages in writing an article is the actual writing! These exercises will help guide students through the process of writing hard news articles, and assist them in editing and proofreading their own work. They will also be guided through the process of peer editing and reviewing each other’s articles.

Appendix
Peer Editing Forms for Articles
Marking Rubrics
Common Core Alignment


WANT OTHER NEWSPAPER WRITING PRODUCTS?
If you like this resource, you may like my Writing EDITORIALS Unit.
You may also like to have a look at my Writing REVIEWS Unit

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Writing ARTICLES {Writing Informational Texts: Newspapers}
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Writing ARTICLES {Writing Informational Texts: Newspapers}
Writing ARTICLES {Writing Informational Texts: Newspapers}
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