This Writing a Newspaper-Style Article lesson plan also includes:
Help your secondary reader/writers assess texts by studying press releases from Statistics Canada and drafting articles based on them. They then compare the press release, their own articles, and actual news stories they find online. I'd switch the order the first time around with this project and begin with a comparison between a press release and a professional news story. Then they'll write articles having seen quality examples. Discuss the elements of an effective news story. It's a sound basis for strong nonfiction writing. Find the worksheet here.