Inverted pyramid writing activity for grade

Newspaper article lesson plan

Students will find a news article, either from the internet or newspaper. Together, each group will fully identify and label the news article and fill out the pyramid template. Part 1: What is the Inverted Pyramid 1. For a Do Now: Ask students to think of their favorite story. Students will then get to vote on which remaining pieces of information are most important. As the groups work on the article, walk the room monitoring their discussions about why they labeled the article the way they did, answering any questions. Internally analyze the inverted pyramid on the board student has not yet been told this figure is called the inverted pyramid, though they may already know it. Recap the levels and introduce the variations of the inverted pyramid, but stress that each approach puts the details in descending order of importance. Independent Practice: Homework assignment. Extension activity: Read the newspaper Bring a newspaper into class, or access a news website.

Ask each pair of students to give you one important piece of information they found in the article. Ask students to reflect on why in news stories, all the important parts are at the beginning.

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This should be a reflection of the class discussions on the inverted pyramid and its structure. As the groups work on the article, walk the room monitoring their discussions about why they labeled the article the way they did, answering any questions.

Explain which elements are in the news story. Underline them on the board as you go and also list them to the side, grouping them together based on the levels of the inverted pyramid. Compare the two groups of students and the facts each group represents.

Give each student one minute to do this. Tell students that journalists do this on purpose. Part 1: What is the Inverted Pyramid 1. Students will write their answers on the piece of paper and turn it in as they leave. Have them fill out another copy of the inverted pyramid sheet.

How to write in inverted pyramid style

Watch the most recent Week in Rap and choose a story of interest. Choose a story to start with. Review the concept of the inverted pyramid. Part 1: What is the Inverted Pyramid 1. Give them a minute and a half to do this, comparing and discussing what they underlined in common or what differences there might have been in determining important information. Tell students to stand up. Provide feedback and suggestions as to what the advantages and benefits of the inverted pyramid are. Put brackets around the lead, secondary lead, details, and background info, discussing each one in turn and highlighting how all or most information builds off of the lead. As the groups work on the article, walk the room monitoring their discussions about why they labeled the article the way they did, answering any questions. Students will analyze and label the article using a copy of the article and the inverted pyramid news writing template. They may say: To get the reader's attention, because most people don't finish the article Discuss any ways that the story differs from that style, and why. Why or why not? Now put the article on the board using the projector or smart board. Independent Practice: Homework assignment.
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Lesson Plan: Analyze a News Story