Dog News

 

Learning Objectives

Students will write a news article that makes claims supported by reasons and evidence.

 

Grade Levels

6-8

 

Common Core Standard

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.2

Determine two or more central ideas in a text and analyze their development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.8

Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient to support the claims.

 

Materials Needed

Newspaper articles, news clips, trailers, etc. Suggested dog-related websites below:

o www.akc.org

o http://caninechronicle.com/

o http://www.showsightmagazine.com/

o http://www.dnmagazine.us/

Newspaper article graphic organizer

Internet access for students

Rubric

Pencils or pens

 

Lesson

Introduction

  • Show the students a few examples of dog-themed current events. Some possibilities are: a news clip, a newspaper article, a trailer of a new dog-themed movie or TV show.
     

Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling

  • Review the parts of a newspaper article with the students: headline, byline, lead, body (explanation and additional information), and quotations.
  • Pass out graphic organizer and rubric.
     

Independent Working Time

  • Students will write a newspaper article based on a real-life event featuring dogs. Students can use The Canine Chronicle, DN Magazine: Dog News, Showsight: The Dog Show Magazine, and AKC News for inspiration. However, as good reporters, they should find at least 3 different sources for their story.
  • While researching the story, student will complete the graphic organizer.
  • Students will write a newspaper story of at least 350 words not including the headline or byline.
  • In addition, the students should create an illustration to accompany the news article.
     

Review and Closing

  • Review the parts of a newspaper and what makes a good news story.
     

References

www.akc.org

http://caninechronicle.com/

http://www.showsightmagazine.com/

http://www.dnmagazine.us/