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.
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.