Language Objective: I will generate topics and angles related to current events and create photos, infographics, and artwork for stories in The Warrior Ledger.
Essential Question: How do you write stories that are newsworthy, informative, and communicate your topic well?
1. Work on deadlines (finish rough drafts).
2. Deadline Checklist:_______ My story has a LEAD (Who, What, Why, Where, When and How) with the most important or intriguing information used first in the paragraph. It is not a question lead.
______ Unless I am writing and Editorial (Opinion Story), my story does NOT contain my opinion and is unbiased, using quotes and information that fairly represent both sides of the story, or all groups involved.
_______ All facts have been reviewed. You must be accurate. Up to 50 points will be deducted for inaccuracy.
_______ My story does NOT use personal pronouns: You, My, I, Me, We, Our, etc. It is written in third person.
_______ Names in the story (including teachers) are used correctly. The first and last names are used in the first reference to the person, the last name only is used in all future references.
______ My story is between 400 and 500 words long
______ I have had at least 3 people read through my rough draft and offer me suggestions.
______ My story contains quotes from the person in authority of this subject (coach, teacher, police, principal, etc.)
______ I have interviewed at least 3 people for this story and have interesting quotes included in the story. My quotes are in correct tense. If the movie or activity happens before the newspaper will be published, then all quotes and the story are in PAST tense!
______ If my story is a review of either a book or a movie, I have researched and found interesting details about the actors, making of the movie, director, author, awards won, etc. My review is NOT just a summary of the plot and contains no more than 2-3 sentences describing the plot. I understand that I MUST be telling the reader something new! It can’t be a random string of students’ opinions about the movie. Quotes MUST be from someone who has seen the movie if it is already in theatres.
______ My story focuses on something that is vital and immediately connected to students of Taylorsville High School. It contains all research, facts and substance needed to support a story on the subject. If the story is a national interest story, I have tied it to Taylorsville with reasons why this will impact the school or student quotes about how/why this matters to the school.
_____ The closing of my story wraps up the story adequately using either a quote that sums up the issue or gives an outlook to the future, an outlook to the future, etc. I am not using “crutch” phrases like “to sum up,” “in conclusion,” etc.
3. Peer feedback: Have at least two others read and review your story:
- What new information are you learning?
- What is confusing?
- What would you like to see more of?
- Deadline: Friday, November 6, 2015. Submit on CANVAS and share via gmail with firstname.lastname@example.org