Chapter 6 Breaking News Assignment

News Article


Newspapers are one of the most popular means by which the population at large becomes informed as to what is happening in the world.


Pick ONE of the following topics for your assignment


  • The start of the Seven Year’s War
  • The passing of the Stamp Act
  • The Boston Massacre
  • The Boston Tea Party



A typical newspaper article contains five (5) parts:

Headline: This is a short, attention-getting statement about the event.

Byline: This tells who wrote the story.

Lead paragraph:This has ALL the who, what, when, where, why and how in it. A writer must find the answers to these questions and write them into the opening sentence(s) of the article.

Explanation: After the lead paragraph has been written, the writer must decide what other facts or details the reader might want to know. The writer must make sure that he/she has enough information to answer any important questions a reader might have after reading the headline and the lead paragraph. This section can also include direct quotes from witnesses or bystanders.

Additional Information: Brainstorm about a similar event in history.

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