Newspaper Lesson Plans
You´re the Reporter
Content Objectives: The students will verbally broadcast a major articlefrom the newspaper they recieve with 100% accuracy. One article from the following areas must be discussed: weather, sports, business, and front page.
Language Objectives: The students will use the writing process to draft a script to read for the broadcast.
Materials: Newspapers from around the country and world that are in English and from the same day, video camara, pencil, and paper
Teahing Procedures: Introduce the lesson by showing a brief video of the nightly news. Then have the students break into groups of four (one meterologist, one sports broadcaster, and 2 anchors). Give them the following instructions: "Each group will recieve a newspaper. You must pick out the important articles and summarize them because you will be acting as news anchors. You must write a script using the writing process and I will video tape you all acting out the scene."
Let the students work in their groups to complete their assignment. They will need to make a rough draft of their dialogue. The students will edit each others papers. Then have them write a final draft. Finally, they will produce their work to the class and I will video tape them.
Then watch each broadcast and discuss the different events that occured around the world in the same day.
Evaluation: Evaluate the lesson by reviewing the dialog written, the corrections they made, and the final video production.
Time: Teacher activity-30 min; reading article and picking out main parts-25 min; writing a rough draft-30 min; editing each others-30 min; re-writing their dialog-15 min; video taping their report-45 min
Overall, this assignment will take up about an entire week of english class time.
Sunshine State Standards: LA.A.2.2-reads text and determines the main idea or essential message, identifies relelvant supporting details and facts, arranges events in chronological order: identifies authors purpose; reads and organizes information for a variety of purposes, including making a report, conducting interviews, taking a test, and performing an authentic task; LA.B.1.2 The student uses the writing process effetively.