Q4: Week 8 – May 17-21, 2021

TeacherHeather Baker
Subject AreaEnglish Language Arts/Reading
Grade Level7
Week #8
Unit of InstructionNewspaper Unit
Standard(s) Taught

LAFS.7.W.1.3b Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, and description, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters.
LAFS.7.W.1.3c Use a variety of transition words, phrases, and clauses to convey sequence and signal shifts from one time frame or setting to another.
LAFS.7.W.1.3d Use precise words and phrases, relevant descriptive details, and sensory language to capture the action and convey experiences and events.
LAFS.7.W.1.3e Provide a conclusion that follows from and reflects on the narrated experiences or events.

Learning Targets and Learning Criteria

Over the next couple weeks, our class will be working on creating a classroom newspaper.

We will first be examining and discussing newspapers and their purposes, genres, and characteristics. From there we will be creating articles step by step.
Some of the articles or items students will be creating include:
– A regular news article, an opinion editorial, a feature article, a classified ad, a comic, and also additional assignments such as book reviews, polls, advice columns and sports articles.
Throughout this time we will be meeting as a whole class in a “News Meeting” format. Here we will brainstorm ideas, share articles, as well as critique and help each other create the best work possible.

Classroom Activities

Monday, May 17th – Finish Science Fiction Paper
Tuesday, May 18th – Students will be handed out a variety of newspapers to review. (Print and Online.) We’ll review key features and vocabulary found in a newspaper. (See below – Additional Resources.)
Wednesday, May 19th – Novel Study
Thursday, May 20th & Friday, May 21st:
News articles –
Local, National, or World News. These articles are of high interest.
Editorials –
Editors offer opinions on various topics. This is their opinion, NOT fact.
Features –
Non-News items such as reviews on books, movies, restaurants as well as comics, polls, puzzles, advice, columns, weather, etc.
Sports –
News on sports from local, national and world athletics.
Classified Ads –
Section where people and businesses advertise items for sale.
Paid Advertisements –
Businesses PAY the newspaper to post ads. This gives the newspaper money.

Friday – Newspaper Vocabulary Quiz

Assignments Due

Friday, May 21st:

Summative Book Report Due
Summative Science Fiction Paper Due

Additional Resources

Newspaper Glossary

Ad- A message printed in the newspaper in space paid for by the
advertiser. Sometimes called an advertisement.

Article-A piece of writing included with others in a newspaper, magazine,
or other publication.

Beat- Daily route covered by a reporter to keep in touch with sources.

Byline – The line under the headline that tells the name of the writer.

Caption- The lines under a photo that explain what the picture is about.

Column- The up and down (vertical) divisions of a page written by a regular

Deadline – The assigned time for something to be submitted in order to
get the newspaper to press.

Editorial- An article where the editor or publisher offer their opinions on
various topics.

Feature- A story that is not a hard news story and is usually longer than a
regular news story. It includes more detail and background.

Flag- A statement printed in all issues of a newspaper, usually on the
editorial page, giving the publications name.

Hard News- Up to the minute news and evets that are reported right away.

Headline – Title written in extra large font across the top of the front page.

Hook- An interesting angle early in the story that draws the reader in.

Lead- The first paragraph of a story, usually telling the 5 Ws (who, what,
when, where, why) and H (how).

Publisher- Administrator head of a newspaper.

Reporter- A person hired to rush to the scene and give back information as
soon as possible to the newspaper.

Scoop- Getting the exclusive story before anyone else