Analyzing Print and Online News

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As a reporter, you only have a few lines to grab a reader's attention before they move on to the next story—or the next newspaper or website. Analyze the ways that both print and online news capture their readers' interest with text features and writing structure.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Provide more examples of print and online articles, or extend the assignment to have learners compare more of the two types of articles
  • Prompt half of the class to read about an event online, and the other half to read about the same event in the newspaper; discuss the benefits and drawbacks of each
Classroom Considerations
  • Lesson doesn't provide extension opportunities, but it's not difficult to fold them in
  • Addresses the details of the formats but not the pros and cons of each
  • Provide more instruction for the inverted pyramid style, particularly in a journalism class
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  • Ideal for a journalism class or informational text reading unit in language arts
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