My students worked together to research current news sources in our school library. This is a great idea to engage students in the process of informative writing. It also provides students with opportunities to use research methods about a topic and use critical thinking to filter through topic material.
Here is a short video explaining our Breaking News Project:
Students worked on the following worksheet for our library visit so they could plan for their own news story:
|Media 1 (2 Images):Please write down ideas about the images you want to use.||Supporting Idea 1:|
|Media 2 (Video Clip under 2 minutes):Please write down ideas about the video you want to use.||Supporting Idea 2:|
For your PPT:
- Organize your topic and supporting ideas in sequential order (1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc.).
- Insert your images.
- Insert your video (not more than 2 minutes).
- Check your slides and writing for sentence and grammar structure.
For your Media Speech:
- The leader of your group for this project will present your project.
- Choose the English statements you want to use:
- This just in….
- Breaking news….
- This story is developing….
Choose the tone of voice you want to use that matches how News Reporters talk.
Students worked in groups of three to compile a written copy of their news story. We reviewed and evaluated their writing using a rubric to provide them with relevant and meaningful feedback.
Once they completed their writing and had a final draft edited and revised for corrections and direction of their news story, they started working on the digital media to present their news.
Their creativity is astounding and I am overjoyed and impressed with the amount of work they put into this project. Here are two examples of Breaking News Stories from my grade 10 English class:
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