Today, I am sick. Ideally, you should continue working on either your short story or your Becoming a Better Communicator task; unfortunately, I have your short stories, and the next step of the Communicator task requires my presence. Thus, we will work on news articles today. Writing a news article is a significant part of the OSSLT (the test takes place the week after March break); hopefully, today’s activities are a reasonable compromise.
You will write two articles today. Each article will be inspired by one of the pictures above; Your ideas need to connect to the picture, but they don’t have to match it perfectly. For example, you aren’t required to know that the first picture is from COMIC-CON, and features a man dressed up as Uruk-hai from the Lord of the Rings; instead, generate your own ideas that make sense for the image. Since the OSSLT requires you to write a news article based on a single image, this is good practice.
The First Paragraph
- Your first sentence needs to answer the who, what, when, where (and possibly how/why). Look at the picture for inspiration: who is in it? Where was it taken?
- Your second sentence should elaborate on the first (usually, it addresses the how/why)
- make direct connections to the events in the picture (good prep for the OSSLT; what is happening in the picture?)
- explain the story in more detail
- explain the series of events that led directly to the story
The Third Paragraph
- “interview” someone connected to the story, and use a direct quotation from the interview. Focus on the person’s thoughts/feelings about the event. (Note: because reporters cannot add their own opinion, the use of quotations is the only way to bring opinion into your article)
The Fourth Paragraph (choose one of the following)
- explain the series of events in the past that made this story possible
- explain a connection to a previous events that are similar to this one. (example: “This is the third protest rally in Toronto this year. The first was…)
The Fifth Paragraph (choose one of the following)
- explain the long-term consequences of this event
- explain the next step in the process (example: Authorities in Toronto are meeting this week to discuss the increase in student protests).