Chapter 24 Breaking News Assignment News Article
Newspapers are one of the most popular means by which the population at large becomes informed as to what is happening in the world. This statement is even more true for the 1920’s and the 1930’s in the United States because radio and television were only in their earliest stages.
Pick ONEof the following topics for your assignment
- – Completion of the Empire State Building
- – The election of Miriam “Ma” Ferguson as Governor of Texas
- – Charles Lindbergh flying across the Atlantic Ocean alone
- – January 1920, when the 18th Amendment went into effect, prohibiting liquorA typical newspaper articlecontains five (5) parts:
Headline: This is a short, attention-getting statement about the event.Byline: This tells who wrote the story.
Lead paragraph:This has ALL the who, what, when, where, why and how in it. A writer mustfind the answers to these questions and write them into the opening sentence(s) of the article.Explanation: After the lead paragraph has been written, the writer must decide what other facts or details the reader might want to know. The writer must make sure that he/she has enough information to answer any important questions a reader might have after reading the headline and the lead paragraph. This section can also include direct quotes from witnesses or bystanders.Additional Information: Brainstorm about a similar event in history.