Writing Realistic Newspaper Articles

Posted on August, 2020

Writing realistic newspaper articles is part of the Literacy Programme of the National Curriculum.

Children learn about writing realistic newspaper articles all through primary school and during Key Stage 3 secondary school.

Recently, the Year 6s have been learning the difference between facts and opinions and how to use them when writing newspaper articles. Newspaper articles often come under the title of recounts are one of the points of focus in the National Curriculum.

This is always one of the best topics to teach, as we can bring in real-life examples. For instance, children will look at what is being reported in the news at that time and use that as the basis of our class article. We can even apply it to any fictional stories the children may be interested in.

How do you write realistic newspaper articles?

We spoke about how newspaper articles are a mixture of facts, opinions and even persuasive writing. It was important to understand the difference between fact and opinion and how to identify each one. The writer of the article will have an opinion (every person does) on the subject and they use facts, opinions and opinions masked as facts to try and convince you, the reader, to agree with them.

Examples of fact and opinion

Fact:

The London Zoo is the world’s oldest scientific zoo.

The animals in the London Zoo are not living in their natural habitat.

 

Opinion:

The London Zoo is the best place to work.

The London Zoo is the worst place to work.

The task this week was to write two newspaper articles relating to the London Zoo closing down; one where the writer agrees the zoo should close and one where the writer doesn’t agree.

realistic newspaper articles

We discussed several techniques such as masking your opinions as facts, omitting facts and using survey data to sway your argument. For example “9 out of ten people agree the zoo should stay open”. This is an excellent example of how newspapers can use data in a misleading way. So, what if in this case, the only people surveyed were people who worked at the London Zoo. What if they wanted it to stay open, so they weren’t out of a job!

The class were very involved and interested in the topic and all did very well! It led to a very interactive lesson that the children thoroughly enjoyed.

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