Students invite a local newspaper reporter to speak to the class and write a newspaper-style article about the visit.
Students demonstrate abilities to
- write a business letter and a thank-you letter to a reporter at local
- develop questions to ask a newspaper reporter,
- use correct sentence structure, grammar, and spelling to write an
newspaper, reporter, article
- copies of a local newspaper
- computers with Internet access (optional)
- pens or pencils
- camcorder or tape recorder to record the visit (optional)
- Tell students that they are going to invite a reporter from a local
newspaper to speak to the class.
- Have students study copies of your local newspaper, paying attention
to the names of the reporters who write the articles. Ask them to choose
one or more reporters to contact.
- Work together as a class to write the letter of invitation. If you
have Internet access, you may want to send the letter to the newspaper
- Before the visit, have students brainstorm questions they would like
to ask the reporter. Work together as a class to prepare the room for
the visit (special decorations, refreshments, etc.).
- When the reporter arrives, ask permission to record the interview
if you plan to do so. As the reporter answers each question, have students
write down each answer.
- After the visit, have each student write a thank-you letter to the
reporter. Tell students to include sentences describing what they learned
and what they enjoyed most about the visit.
- Have each student compile the answers to the questions the class
posed to the reporter. Help each student write a newspaper-style article
about the reporter. Send the completed articles to the reporter with
the thank-you notes.
Evaluate students' participation, questions, letters, and articles.
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