Whilst we were at school, we were preparing to write a newspaper report. As part of this, we explored the features of a newspaper.
This included the following features:
Find a newspaper around your house and label the features.
If you can't find a newspaper at home, you can use this worksheet instead:
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The title of the story- designed to summarise the story and grab the reader’s attention.
The photograph needs to tell the story
The important first sentence or paragraph that summarises the story and answers as many as possible of the 5 W’S (Who? What? Where? When? and Why?) and H (How?)
e.g. What? Japan won the Women’s World Cup
Where? the final
Why? won penalty shoot out
Each paragraph tells one part of the story e.g. Paragraph one: lead, Paragraph two: the match, Paragraph three: the penalty shoot-out, Paragraph four: what else they won.
The last paragraph should sum up the story and bring it up to date.
The information in or under a photograph which explains what the picture is about.
The exact words someone uses. Quotation marks are always used. They are included to give the reader the viewpoint of someone involved in the story like an eyewitness or expert. Quotes make a story credible.
The vertical blocks of text into which a page of a newspaper is divided.
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