Language Arts, Oral Language, Speaking, Social Studies
Grade 3- 5
News reporters make live broadcasts seem easy and effortless. But it takes a great deal of training and practice to become a respected news reporter. Students find out firsthand what reporting the news is like as they practice their summarizing and vocal skills.
Focus Web Site--Destination URLs:
Yahooligans! search engine home page
Click on page 130, site 1
(This site can also be found at http://www.yahooligans.com)
About This Site: Students select a topic (News) from the search engine home page and then link to any one of several news-related links.
Assign students the task of watching the evening news at home. They discuss with their parents the details of one of the stories that interests them and then they write a one-paragraph summary of the story of interest. Allow time for the students to share their reports with the class. Discuss, also, the manner in which the reporter communicated the story: What was her attitude? How was she dressed? Where did she stand? In which direction did she face? Did her face give away any hints as to how she felt about the story? etc. Explain that each student will have a chance to gather the latest "scoop" off the Internet and report the news to the class in a professional manner like a real-life news reporter.
Teaching the Lesson:
Assign students news partners. They will have the same partners throughout the school year. Each week, have the class scan the headlines for interesting news items. Set aside fifteen minutes for the students to share what's going on in the world that interests them and discuss the stories. In addition, allow a different pair each week to go online to obtain a news story to share with
Each pair needs a copy of page 132. Write one of the following category links on the line entitled "Today's news category."
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