Today, we are going to read one of my favourite short stories. I love this short story because of the incredible tension that the writer, Hernando Tellez, creates from the opening sentence; he maintains this tension throughout the entire narrative, using physical proximity to heighten the mood.
Once we have finished reading this narrative, I’d like you to turn it into a news story. Your group will need to decide what event in this narrative is most noteworthy.
Here is the format you need to use:
- News articles rely on the inverted pyramid. This means that most important information needs to come first . Thus, your first paragraph should address the who, what, when, why, and how of the event. The secondary information/details can come in the later paragraphs.
- Paragraphs in news articles tend to be slightly shorter than in essays.
- Newspaper articles need to sound objective. This means that “you” cannot be in the article; thus, do not include references to you or your opinion.
Your group will have 5 minutes to decide upon the central event that you will report. You will have the remaining time to focus on the writing.