This activity extends the
information on page 40 in InfoCanada Northwest Territories .
The activity is designed as a fact-based one. You can vary it by
having students seek out different perspectives on the project and
then role playing a conversation between an individual who wants
the project to go ahead, and an individual who does not want the
project to go ahead. Note that the Web site is authored by the project
partners, which include the Aboriginal Pipeline Group.
Choose a few short news articles
from the newspaper to go over with students prior to them writing
their own. Look at them in terms of the following information about
A news report is a factual report based on information from one
or more sources. It should begin with an interesting headline. The
first sentence or two of a news article generally contains answers
to the facts of the topic: who, what, when, where, why, and how.
In the lead the writer wants to grab the reader's attention, and
this is often done by beginning with a question, a surprising fact,
a quotation, etc.
The "5 Ws and How" formula requires students to select main ideas
and omit less important details. If reviewing student worksheets,
look for evidence that a student is having difficulty omitting less
important information, or has trouble identifying the main ideas.
You may wish to use or adapt
the following criteria to evaluate students' news articles:
- The student organizes information in a manner appropriate for
- The article does not omit any of the most relevant information.
- Information in the article is accurate.
- Style and diction are appropriate for a news article.
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