How do reporters gather information to write a news article?
Students will read about the discovery of King Tut. They will use logical sequencing to create a timeline of important events using Inspiration. Then they will summarize the discovery by writing a newspaper article and publishing it using a Word template.
Note: Clicking on this link will open a “kiosk” view of this PowerPoint presentation.
To work in it: Click on above link. When opened, right-click on “it, then choose “Edit Slides.”
Here you should show the PowerPoint presentation through the third slide only. Once at that slide, right click and choose, “End Show.”
Introduce reading strategy: sequencing of events (see teacher manual p. 140). Teacher should model strategy with an example from a well-known picture book or real life or a story previously read. (e.g. Exploring the Titanicby Robert Ballard)
Large group instruction
This flow chart can be used to model sequencing. It can also be used for students to create their timelines.
The Timeline Template has the dates already on it. This may be printed and used for students to take notes and/or for students to create their timelines.
(The Flow Chart is more challenging for final drafts as students must record the dates themselves.)
Read Mummies, Tombs, and Treasures p. 140-153. See reading suggestions in Macmillan teacher manual p. 140J.
Discuss story. Use Tree Map Scaffold or Practice Book p. 46. See reading response suggestions in teacher manual p.153A.
Introduce timeline activity. Use Skills in Context Re-teaching in teacher’s manual p. 145. Be sure to discuss B.C. and A.D. Students can complete rough draft on Practice Book p. 42 or using a copy of the Timeline Template.
*Students can complete final drafts using Timeline Template or Flow Chart template.
*Students should add graphics to final draft.
Modification: If limited access to computers have some partnerships create timeline on butcher paper.
King Tut Timeline Template or Sequencing Flow Chart linked above. (Note: If a selected box has a solid red square at the top left corner. Double click on the square to view hidden text notes.)
Share timelines. Assess with rubric. Post timelines or make a class book.
Timeline Rubric (linked above)
Using the full PowerPoint presentation provided for the next several steps, introduce Newspaper Article. Students will use tree map and time line to help organize their ideas. Teach Headline, By Line and Lead. Model with a classroom weekly reader such as Time for Kids. Bring in newspapers or go online to a local newspaper site for students to identify these parts of articles.
Then have students practice writing a headline and lead for the Egypt story. Have some students share to check for understanding.
Use King Tut PowerPoint linked in the first set of steps.
Teach the body of the newspaper article. Model with a classroom weekly reader such as Time for Kids, bring in newspapers or go online to a local newspaper site for students to identify the characteristics of the body of an article.
Then have students use their timeline to write the body of their article. Have some students share to check for understanding.
Use King Tut PowerPoint linked in the first step.
Teach the ending and photo/captions of a newspaper article. Model as described above.
Students should write the endings of their articles. Have some students share to check for understanding.
Use King Tut PowerPoint linked in the first step.
Students should now have a rough draft of their article. Peer revise/edit with a partner. Students make changes to rough draft.
Students can then go to SchoolKit Rex Writing. Choose the lesson “A News Story” to publish their article.
Individual lab time, Mobile lab, or rotate through classroom computers in conjunction with independent activities
Lesson “A News Story” (This lesson includes instructions for how to write an article.)
Alternatively, students could write their articles in Word or Publisher.
Assess with rubric. Sharing ideas: read articles in small groups, post articles or publish them in a class book.
Use the Newspaper Rubric linked above.
ELL / IP Students
Students could be paired with another student or an IA for the project.
They could do the project with a non-fiction piece at their reading level.
Students could use the Timeline Template as opposed to the Sequencing Flow Chart.
They may read a similar version of the story in Secrets of the Mummiesby Harriet Griffey, Eyewitness Readers 1998. IRL 2-4.
Students could use the Sequencing Flow Chart as opposed to the Timeline Template.
Write the article from a different point of view.
Write additional articles from the same month and year.
Write additional articles about Egypt/Egyptian culture.
Publish their articles using Microsoft Publisher.
Teacher could print one copy of each scaffolding worksheet and make copies for students as necessary.
If you are not going to use a lab to complete the project, set up a rotation system for students to use. Be sure to have independent work for students to do who are not on the computer during rotation time.
Approximate Time Needed: 45 minutes per day for approximately 2 weeks
Knowledge of 6 trait writing
Prior instruction and experience in the writing process and peer editing procedures
Technology – Software (Click boxes of all software needed.)
Microsoft Front Page
Microsoft Internet Explorer
Encarta Reference Materials (optional)
Image Blender/Photo Editor
Optional Technology Extensions
SchoolKit EDclass: “Ancient Egypt Slide Through Time” (#E597 in the Middle School Section) - Compare and contrast Egyptian and American culture.
SchoolKit EDclass: “Egyptian Scribe and Artist” (#E595 in the Middle School Section) - Hieroglyphics Art activity
WebQuest “King Tutankhamun: Was it Murder?” at www.pekin.net/pekin108/wash/webquest/ Students have roles and conduct research to decide if King Tut was murdered. Final project: persuasive essay (individual or group)
Use newspaper writing skills to publish a class newspaper