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Learning task 3

News report

Ask students to write the following sentences on the board:

  1. The public have been warned not to approach the animals.
  2. It is believed to be roaming near the Crosby Rd area with another dog.
  3. The pitbull terrier cross killed seven sheep on a farm near the edge of the city on Wednesday night.
  4. A dangerous dog that attacked a Hamilton dog ranger before being shot is still missing.

Students read these sentences aloud to each other in pairs. Check that they understand: Who? Where? What? When? Why? How?

Ask students to choose the best headline for this report:

  • Where are they?
  • Dangerous dog still missing
  • Sheep killed

Ask students to explain to a partner why they chose this headline, then write the explanation in their books. Sort the sentences into the correct order.


Use the models of the reports you have read and the FactsSheet (Word 44KB) to write a short report. Look at the Assessment (Word 24KB) before you start your report.

Extension task

Give the students the following extension task.

Be a reporter!

Choose something that is going to happen or has happened at your school and write a news report about it. This could be a real event (such as sports exchange or a cultural event or some news about a teacher or student) or you could make up an event.

Write your report, give the report a headline, find or draw a picture for the report and give the picture a caption. Display the report in the classroom.


Use a learning review sheet to make a (individual) list or a concept map for newspapers:

  • What I have learned about newspapers ...
  • What I have learned how to do ...

Published on: 09 Jan 2018