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The News Project
Choosing a Story
News Story Questions
How To Interview
Reporter Lesson Log
Sixth grade students are planning to publish a newsblog.
Students will write stories in five categories: News, Community, Opinion, Sports, Fun. Each student participates in an editing group, one for each of the categories. In addition, students also select other jobs: editor, proofreader, art/photographer, art/designer.
Each student will write one news or community story, one opinion story, and one sports or fun article. Each of these meets guidelines from the Essential Academic Requirements of Washington State.
We will study the parts of a news article; news stories begin with all the main facts at the beginning with the details towards the end of the article. We will also practice in interviewing.
We will draft, collaborate, and revise on this "Eagle Views" wiki.
Teams will choose the stories that meet requirements for publication on the blog.
We'll keep you posted!
Join a team: art/graphics, design, editor, proofreaders
Everyone is a writer.
You will work at each of the above tasks at least once.
Each team member writes one story for each of the following three areas:
1. News, Community
3. Sports, Fun
Teams review each story for the needed components, collaborating in style and editing. So each story will be reviewed with each team role:
News---art/graphics, design, editor, proofreaders
Community---art/graphics, design, editor, proofreaders
Opinion---art/graphics, design, editor, proofreaders
Sports---art/graphics, design, editor, proofreaders
Fun---art/graphics, design, editor, proofreaders
writer: drafts stories
art/graphic: chooses the image and it's placement
design: choose layout and style (use of color/font)
editors: analyze stories (check accuracy, request more information, choose stories) and make final decisions on page content and design.
proofreaders: check for spelling, grammar, punctuation, capitalization, paragraphing
Stories from 2004: What could we write about this year?
News Story Questions
News Story—facts: who, what, when, where, why, how
1. Cell phone tower
2. Detention Center
3. Pascal Sherman School
4. Principal resigning
5. 21st Century
6. Levy passed
7. WASL testing
8. Gonzaga Mentor Program (GIEOP)
9. Parent Teacher Conferences
10. Mars News
1. Interview person building cell tower
2. Interview manager (experience, why there)
3. Architect—how designed
4. Interview with principal—what he’s done and where going
5. 21—interview Earl and Lindsey
6. Interview McClures and other people and Jacksons
7. Interview teachers, Gary Locke, students
8. Interview students and mentors
Movies at Dam or Omak
21st Century—late night
Home, Living --
Fund Raiser Info
Literacy Night—for families
Book Fair and Book Exchange
Donations of clothes to Distribution Bank
IHS getting new boss
Editorial (opinion and letters)
Need cell tower
Student improvement (what we are good at)
Why need money for 21st Century
How editors think about late night
Awesome season for Volleyball
Fun Page (like “Rear End”)