November 28, 2005

Journalism & Education

In honor of of the work I've done in news writing this semester, I presented a lesson on journalism. I've never really thought of journalism as another aspect of English, but now I see that it really is. I used my storybook crime article and, with the help of the inverted pyramid, had them identify the 5 Ws & H. I thought it went really well & I had a lot of fun preparing & presenting. I've discussed it before, but I think that when I get into the classroom I'm really going to utilize the information & experience I've had in news writing.

Here's a look at the handout I used. Inverted Pyramid

Posted by KatherineLambert at November 28, 2005 01:24 PM

Wow, that's an impressive inverted pyramid! It's like a huge emerald blade, or something.

I wonder if your students might mistakenly assume that "Who" is the most important fact, "What" is the second most important fact, etc.

Sometimes students try to jam answers to all of those questions, in that order, into the very first sentence, but sometimes the "who" is far more important than "where," or sometimes the full name of the "who" can wait until the second paragraph.

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at November 29, 2005 12:30 AM

This was just an introductory lesson, so for the remainder of the unit we would focus on indentifying the most important aspects for each particular article. What I found most interesting was that most of the students wanted everything answered within the first sentence, like a thesis statement. I guess many people still carry around the "main idea" theory in their head.

Posted by: Katie Lambert at November 30, 2005 10:19 AM
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