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- Divide students into small groups.
- Tell them: When reporters set out to cover a story, they must gather some of the basic information of every event. They use the five W’s (who, what, when, where, why) and one H (how) questions that you may be familiar with. In this activity, you will analyze a story to see how the reporter did at answering the basic questions.
- Have students work individually, circling the places in the story where the six questions are answered. Then have them compare their results within their small group, come to a consensus and cut up the story to fit the worksheet.
- Note: There may be more than one answer to a question. For example, Barack Obama is the obvious and crucial “who” in the election story, but John McCain is another “who” in the story.
- Have each group share their worksheet and explain their selections. Ask: Did the reporter do a good job communicating the basic details of the event? Did he leave anything unanswered? What? Did he add unnecessary details? Which?
- The Six Big Questions worksheet (download), one per student
- Pencils, scissors, glue/tape
Common Core State Standards: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.1Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.