Mary Lynch HIGHLAND JR HIGH SCHOOL, MESA, AZ
7th Grade ELA : Unit #9 - Tangerine - Novel : Lesson #15

Sinkhole News Article

Objective: SWBAT write a news article introducing a clear topic and convey details of an event in logical order.
Standards: W.7.2a W.7.2b
Subject(s): English / Language Arts
60 minutes
1 Review - 5 minutes

Students wrote a news article about the sinkhole incident that occurred on 9/11 in the novel, Tangerine by Edward Bloor.  Before writing, we reviewed details about writing a news article using the News Article Power Point specifically focusing upon 5 Ws and H, incorporating facts and not opinions.

2 Writing Prompt - 40 minutes

Students responded to the following prompt using the complete writing process:

After reading September 11, in Tangerine, by Edward Bloor, imagine that you are a news reporter for the Tangerine Times.  Write an article reporting about the sinkhole incident at Lake Windsor School.

Organize your ideas using a graphic organizer, write a rough draft, revise and edit, and complete the final copy for homework.

Completion
Pacing

Most students were able to get their rough draft complete and needed to revise and edit at home.  Homework was to write the final copy.