Reading News Stories


Our Reading News Stories lesson plan teaches students the structure of a traditional newspaper along with strategies for determining the bias of sources and the general trustworthiness of news sources. Students are also taught the 5 W’s (who, what, when, where, and why) and why journalists ask these questions.

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Our Reading News Stories lesson plan introduces the parts of traditional newspapers, explores bias, how to determine the trustworthiness of news and more. Including the 5 W’s of writing news stories develops critical thinking and written expression as students learn how to identify the elements of a news story and use those elements to compose their own news story. During this lesson, students are asked to work collaboratively to read four news stories and evaluate them on how attention-grabbing the headline is, identify the 5 W’s, list the background information provided, and determine if they think it is biased or not. Students are also asked to .atch the headline or text from a news story to the correct news story part where it may be found.

At the end of the lesson, students will be able to identify and define parts of a newspaper/news stories from different sources and locate the 5 W’s of news stories. The students will also be able to distinguish the difference between biased/unbiased news.


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4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

State Educational Standards