Is it an event, a person, or an idea? There's more about if you are interested. Grades 3-5 Students learn about the parts of a newspaper and identify the main idea of a newspaper article. Writing about them and past and future rivalries make for good articles. Your word count will need to stay around the 500 word count or less, generally speaking. One is a title, which is the name of the written work.
For a news article, this is where you have most of your creativity. The specific event that took place. Depending on your topic, you may need to add in more content that readers need to know beyond the basic information. It needs to be catchy, emotion evoking, or creates curiosity. Also, make sure the writer follows up with clear details.
This includes coverage of important events on campus and developments that affect students. Don't forget to add captions for each photo, so the reader knows what it's about. Each newspaper article will have its own topic, like a burglary, car accident, award that was won, or a sporting event. Chances are your college website has a clubs page with contact information. In other words, the most important information comes first and each paragraph gives less and less details. Check bulletin boards around campus or the events calendar for upcoming events. Grades 6-8, 9-12 Students create editorial cartoons about topics in the news.
Newspapers have limited space, so you need a short, but strong title that will inform your readers what the article is about. They might hold a fundraiser for you. You do not want to make assumptions or fabricate information. Is this a subject that is particular to your school or community, or is it a national subject? Creation of a class newspaper provides such a real context, and thus makes an excellent choice as the basis for a project designed with this goal in mind. Imagine you are writing an article about a big star coming to the area to perform a concert. Student-produced papers always report about student clubs, and these stories are pretty easy to do.
Chances are you'll be able to get several stories out of an issue like that. Pick whatever works best for the article, though candid shots can show more action. It can be a bit like a puzzle, making sure everything fits right. Write about sporting events, activities, accomplishments, changes in policy, rules, teacher changes, and more. Read a local paper for inspiration. You will at some point include quotes from people such as the coach, the quarterback, a receiver, a fan in the stands, and perhaps the principal. Feature stories are generally 1000 words or more, and they focus on school policies, changes in the administration, national legislation that will affect the lives of students, and other big situations.
This article was co-authored by our trained team of editors and researchers who validated it for accuracy and comprehensiveness. Use the singular first-person when writing a column, and share your personal opinions about various topics. Included: Activities that involve students in interviewing a local newspaper reporter, creating editorial cartoons, comparing newspapers, and much more! Furthermore, you want to limit unnecessary language. Audition to join the school newspaper team. Grades 9-12 Students create stories using words cut from newspaper headlines. The last paragraph ends with a quote or catchy phrase that does not capture the true meaning of the article. Grades K-2, 3-5 Students clip coupons for food items, create a menu using those items, and add up the total savings.
Step 2: Content The next step is to determine your content, or the information found within the article. To see this, let's use an example topic. Students invite a local newspaper reporter to speak to the class and write a newspaper-style article about the visit. Your first two paragraphs need to answer all these questions. For example, if the flu is spreading around school, get a quote from the school nurse about preventative measures students can take to stay healthy.
Below are some different kinds of stories, along with ways you can develop your own ideas, and some examples of real stories done by college journalism students. You can write about everything from a teacher's recent marriage and the choir going to state competition to new music coming out and the latest movie. This will help later if you need to back up a claim you made or if you need to verify information in your article. Finally, conclude your article with the least important or relevant information. If you follow these steps, then you will be able to write a concise, but complete, newspaper article. Write about what the club does, when they meet and any other interesting details.
This is where you can add in further details. Find out who was involved, whether that would be students, administrators, or other people in your community. Be as specific as possible. In fact, you can just stick to one section to begin with, such as news. The headline must grab the attention of the reader.