Journalist Tina Daheley demonstrates English language techniques as she prepares a TV news bulletin about American President, Donald Trump's immigration ban. Tina explains how, when planning your report, a good way to start is by thinking about the '5 W's'; What is the story about? Who is involved? Where and when is the story taking place, and why is it happening? She talks about the difference between writing a sentence with a 'passive voice' and an 'active voice', and looks at how to construct a paragraph. Tina highlights the importance of 'Linking words' such as 'Therefore' or 'However', and demonstrates how crucial it is to choose the right language formality for your audience.

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Pupils could be given a news report without paragraphing and asked to decide where new paragraphs should start. They could re-write a formal news report in colloquial language. Pupils could summarise the advice that Tina Daheley offers about planning and drafting a news report. and create a news story based on current events in the local community. They could watch a series of news items and identify the 5 Ws for each article. Pupils could make cubes (Dice) from paper or card and on each side write a linking word or phrase, they could then roll their linking word ‘dice’ and use these to tell a story. Pupils could practise writing their own news report based on information that you provide, and then pass to a partner who will edit and rewrite to create a more powerful version. Allow time for feedback and discussion of the suggested changes to the work.