Lesson 4: Writing news

This lesson explains how to write news reports. It introduces the three Cs of scripting - being clear, concise and correct and the key concept of impartiality.

Learning outcomes

Students will be introduced to the three C's of scripting - being clear, concise and correct and also the key concept of impartiality.

  • Explore and adopt the key concepts of impartiality and the ‘three Cs’
  • Examine and analyse the typical structure of a news report
  • Produce a news story

BBC newsreader Huw Edwards explains the 3 C's of news writing: being clear, concise and correct. Writing scripts and news stories also means understanding that you need to get straight to the point; there's no point in having an amazing news story but leaving the most important fact to the last sentence.

You can recap the key points from the video with this accompanying worksheet, or read a transcript of the video.

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Activity 1: Writing concisely

Brief outline

Pupils are required to use the 5Ws to identify, assess and consolidate knowledge which they summarise in a report. This task encourages pupils to write succinctly and consider their choice of language.

Evidence of learning/assessment opportunity

  • At Key Stage 3 and 4 in English Language pupils are required to write for different purposes whilE adapting and editing their language to suit the given audience

Age: 11-16

 Key stage: 3 and 4                

Duration: 10-15 minutes

 

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Activity 2: Impartiality and the ‘three Cs’

Brief outline

To explore and adopt the key concepts of impartiality and the ‘three Cs’.  

Evidence of learning/assessment opportunity

  • This allows the pupils to explore key journalism practice while focusing on language analysis
  • Pupils will explore the concepts of bias, impartiality and wider issues such as the role/power of the media

Age: 11-16

Key stage: 3 and 4

Duration: 15 minutes

 

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Activity 3: Constructing questions

Brief outline

This activity is based on watching Huw’s video.


The teacher should display the 3 Cs- clear, concise, and correct. Pupils then use the five question words to construct questions relating to news writing. 

Evidence of learning/assessment opportunity

  • This introduces a core BBC concept; it allows pupils to continue their questioning and research skills
  • This activity hopefully allows the pupils to adopt the questioning learnt from previous lessons but will also engage them in their thinking rather than just watching the video
  • Covers key concepts such as news writing style and ‘clear, concise and correct’

Age: 11-16

 Key stage: 3 and 4

Duration: 10 minutes

 

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Activity 4: Writing for TV, radio and online

Brief outline

Pupils are encouraged to think creatively and independently for this task.


They should pick the platform they are most interested in to encourage their engagement in the task.

Evidence of learning/assessment opportunity

  • Pupils can work together in teams or independently
  • They are expected to analyse their audience and evaluate the impact of their choices for their chosen platform and audience

Age: 11-16

 Key stage: 3 and 4

Duration: 15 minutes

 

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Activity 5: BBC core values - Diamond nine 

Brief outline

Using the worksheet below, rank the phrases in order of importance. Pupils can work in teams, pairs or individually.


They must analyse the terms given and identify their importance, while evaluating and justifying their decisions.


The teacher should lead a class discussion to generate alternative views and decisions.

Evidence of learning/assessment opportunity

  • Pupils at Key Stage 4 would be required to evaluate information and justify their decisions and comments

Age: 11-16

 Key stage: 3 and 4

Duration: 15-20 minutes

 

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Activity 6: Writing news quiz 

Brief outline

This multiple-choice quiz is designed to test your knowledge of how to write scripts and stories.

Evidence of learning/assessment opportunity

  • This task seeks to consolidate information from prior learning and provide a summative assessment

Age: 11-16

 Key stage: 3 and 4

Duration: 10 minutes

 

 

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