Lesson Plan #25
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Grades 7 to 12
Language Arts, Journalism, Media Studies, Social Studies,
OVERVIEW OF LESSON PLAN
This lesson will give the students a chance to express their
creativity through giving an actual news broadcast. After researching
their news material and practicing their broadcast the students
will video tape their final product. In doing this lesson, the
students will become actively involved with events surrounding
their lives, stay informed about current events happening around
them and be able to report them in a creative way.
MATERIALS AND PREPARATION
- SNN Writing Guide (for
- Copies of current local and national newspapers and current
- Computers with access to the Internet for newspapers/magazines
- Record current local TV news broadcast
- Video recorder
- Students will create a new broadcast which includes a variety
of different segments. The amount of work and writing done will
depend on the age group of the students.
- To write a report that clear and understandable.
- To use correct grammar and correct spelling.
- To speak clearly and in a manner that is understandable.
- To incorporate the 5 W's of News: who, what, when, where
and why. See SNN Writing Guide.
One week (Friday to the following Friday)
1. Introduce what you plan on doing the Friday before
you are going to start the lesson. Tell students to look and
listen for - on the internet, in the paper, on T.V. or on the
2. View a portion of a news broadcast and have a discussion
about the order of segments and how the reporters conduct themselves.
(Is it always serious or is it all right to add some humour?)
3. Teacher to divide the class into groups of three
or four. This will be their news team. If you decide on groups
of four, have four different news segment names on pieces of
paper for the students to draw out. This will be the part they
will do their segment on. Same news segments would be: news,
sports, community event, entertainment, city hall.
4. Assign the students to collect worthy information
for their newscast for the next three days. Remind them to write
important items down and write a few sentences about each event
to help to remember what the story was about.
Use SNN's Writing Guide to review how to
write an article. Remember articles should include the 5W's of
News: Who, What, When, Where, Why. Articles should also follow
the inverted pyramid style: important information first, least
5. On Thursday, each of the groups will practice their
broadcast in front of the class. No camera that day. Use SNN's
Newsroom to work with students on using video.
6. Friday, you will record the students' broadcast. If
you can, record each news teams broadcast on a separate tape.
This will allow them to take the tape home and show it to their
parents more quickly than the whole class sharing the tape.
7. Encourage students to add late breaking news which
could have occurred on Thursday or Friday morning into their
8. The class's news broadcast will be viewed by the class or by
the entire school if possible. They can also submit it to online
Students will be on how well they covered the events they reported
on; how they conducted themselves in front of the camera, and
most important, how much creativity they put into the broadcast
to entertain the viewers.
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