Newspaper reports

Learning focus

To recognise the features of a newspaper report.

This lesson includes:

  • one video about what to include in a newspaper report

  • one video about the difference between fact and opinion

  • four activities

Learn

Newspaper reports are printed in newspapers, or published online, to keep us informed about important things that are happening all around the world.

Watch this clip to learn more about what is included in a newspaper report.

Learn all about what's included in a newspaper report.

When you are writing a newspaper report, you should:

  • Include a short and snappy headline (title).
  • Write a sentence at the start to sum up what the story is about.
  • Write in the third person (he, she, they).
  • Write in the past tense (as if it has already happened).
  • Use paragraphs to make the text clear and easy to understand.
  • Include quotes (other people’s thoughts and opinions about the subject).
  • Include facts about what has happened using the 5 Ws: what, where, when, who, why?

You could also include a photo with a caption to give the reader more information.

It’s important not to confuse facts and opinions when you’re writing a newspaper report.

Watch this clip to remind yourself of the difference.

Revise the difference between fact and opinion.

Facts are the true details about what has happened. They can be researched and proved to be correct.

For example: Russia is the largest country in the world.

Newspaper reports contain lots of facts. One way they do this is by answering the 5 Ws: what, where, when, who, why?

Opinions are what people think. People can have lots of different opinions and often disagree with each other.

An example of an opinion could be: Chocolate ice cream is tastier than strawberry ice cream.

When you include an opinion from someone in a newspaper report, you should put it in inverted commas (speech marks) and name the person who said it. This makes it clear that it is what someone believes and is not a fact.

Practise

You may need paper and a pen or pencil for some of these activities.

Activity 1

Label the parts of the newspaper correctly.

Activity 2

Decide which of the sentences are facts and which are opinions.

You can write your answers in two columns, discuss the answers or just think them through in your head.

  1. The penguins were caught on CCTV escaping their enclosure at 12.05 am.

  2. Paris is the most romantic city.

  3. London Bridge crosses the River Thames.

  4. Earth Day is celebrated on April 22nd.

  5. The elephants are the best animal to see on a safari.

  6. The best time to go on holiday is in the summer.

Activity 3

Read this Newsround report about Spanish football. Then answer the five questions below.

  1. What is the report about?

  2. Who is involved in the story?

  3. When did the events take place?

  4. Where did the events take place?

  5. Why is this happening?

Activity 4

Using the same Newsround report, find and copy out examples of the newspaper features below.

  • The headline (often found at the top of the page)

  • Two facts

  • A quote showing someone’s opinion (Top tip! Look for inverted commas)

  • Three past tense verbs (Top tip! Look for verbs ending in -ed)

  • A caption describing what is shown in a picture

Where next?

In this lesson you have learnt about the features of a newspaper report.

There are other useful articles on Bitesize to help you understand non-fiction texts.

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