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Newspaper Article Rubric



Editor’s checklist:

  • Is the information grouped into logical paragraphs?
  • Are the paragraphs in a logical order?
  • Is there any unnecessary information?
  • Is any necessary information missing?
  • Are there any parts that you can’t understand?
  • Are a lot of the same words repeated?
  • Can more precise words be used?
  • Is there too much repetition of linkers like and, but, then etc?
  • Do all the verbs agree with their subjects? (e.g. she are is …)
  • Have articles (the, a, an) been used correctly?
  • Have the correct verb forms been used?
  • Is the punctuation correct?
  • Have all the words been spelt correctly?

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Newspaper Learning Goal

We are learning to read and write newspaper articles

  • I can identify the parts of the newspaper, using proper vocabulary
  • I understand the purpose of newspapers
      1. Inform, Interpret, Entertain, Persuade, Provide a Service, Make Money
  • I can critically analyze images in the newspapers
    • angle, composition, background, etc.
  • I can critically read a newspaper and identify sources of bias and point of view
    • author, publication, experts, omissions, tone, etc..
  • I can write a newspaper article using facts (5Ws) and represent both sides of the story
    • facts vs opinions
  • I can write an effective title that generates interest in the article
    • specific, alliteration, conflict, mystery, rhyme, numbers, adjectives/word choice, facts, etc…

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Newspaper Features: Terminology

Newspaper – teachers_guide_lesson.pdf

  1. Byline: tells who wrote the story; may include the writer’s title.
  2. Classified ad: an ad that appears in the classified or “want ad” section of the newspaper.
  3. Column: a vertical division of the layout that helps give structure to the pages. Newspaper stories and images are measured in column inches: the number of columns wide by the number of inches long.
  4. Cutline/caption: explains what is happening in a photograph or illustration. The use of “cut” dates back to a time when images in the newspaper were printed from carved wood and etched metal. A cutline or caption sometimes may include a photo credit, the name of the person who took the picture.
  5. Dateline: the location (and sometimes the date) from which a story was sent, usually given at the beginning of a story. The term was first used at a time when news often took days to reach a reader, so the date and location of the event were included in the story.
  6. Display ad: an ad for a business or organization that appears on a newspaper page.
  7. Editorial: a type of story on the editorial page that expresses an opinion of the newspaper and encourages the reader to take some action.
  8. Flag/logo: the name of the newspaper as it appears at the top of page one.
  9. Folio line: the date and page number that appears at the top of each newspaper page.
  10. Headline: large type written and designed to summarize a story and get the reader’s attention.
  11. Index: tells the reader where regularly featured pages, such as sports, weather and local news, can be found.
  12. Jumpline: the line that tells the reader on which page the story is continued.
  13. Lead: the beginning of the story, which summarizes it and/or grabs the reader’s attention.
  14. Masthead: the formal statement of the newspaper’s name, officers, management and place of publication. It usually appears on the editorial page.
  15. Wire story: a story written by a reporter for a news service, such as The Associated Press or Reuters.

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Newspaper Features pt 1

Download this file to fill in your answers: Worksheet: newspaper features.doc
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Newspapers have 4 basic functions

  • to inform,
  • to interpret the news,
  • to provide a service to readers, and
  • to entertain.

These functions core functions explain what the newspaper does, and they are why people  read it.

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