The News Behind the Story
Students read a short story, then create a one-page newspaper depicting the facts of the fictional story as real-life events.
Transform students from passive readers to gritty journalists. In this lesson, students read a short story, then create a one-page newspaper depicting the facts of the fictional story as real-life events. Links to an online newspaper template as well as to a classic short story site are included.
short story, setting, plot, character, journalism, writing
Note: Before beginning the lesson, students should have a basic understanding of the following terms: plot, setting, character, and motive.
Begin the lesson by asking students what topics usually are covered in their local newspaper. Bring an issue of the paper into class for examination. Students probably will mention such topics as local, national, and international news, sports, crime, weather, entertainment, comics, and so on.
Arrange students into small groups of 3-4 students. Explain that each group is going to creating a one-page newspaper, with articles about news, sports, weather, and so on, and that each group member is going to write one article for the paper. The catch? Instead of covering events in their own community, students are going to write about a community depicted in a fictional short story.
Each group then should complete the following steps:
Short stories might be selected from a print classroom or library resource or from an online resource, such as Classic Reader. Saki's The Open Window is a particularly good choice, for example, because of its high-interest, short length, and readability.
Provide class time for groups to share their newspapers with their classmates.
Students will be evaluated on
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Last updated on 04/21/2017