1. Bell Work: Avoid Redundancy -- Don't Say the Same Thing Twice
2. Choose three different leads (first paragraph) from articles currently published in The Warrior Ledger Online. Answer the following questions for each:
- How is each lead structured?
- What about this lead grabs your attention?
3. For 10 minutes, read and take notes on Inside Reporting, page 42 "Basic Leads." What stands out to you?
4. 5Ws and 1H Presentation.
5. List the answers (as far as you know) for the 5Ws and 1H of your story.
6. Write an example lead paragraph (1-3 sentences) starting with the angle of the question you highlighted.
Share your lead with a partner. Your partner's job is to edit your lead and improve it.
7. Rough Draft Guidelines: (Due: Friday, September 7, by midnight)
- Length: 500 words
- MUST contain at least 3 primary (interview) sources and 2 secondary (research) sources
- Start a new paragraph with each change of topic or new quote
- Quotes should be direct quotes or indirect quotes:
- Direct Quote Example: "[What your source said word for word]", said [title] [First Name] [Last Name].
- Indirect Quote Example: [Title] [First Name] [Last Name] said, [summary of what the source told you])
- Avoid using "you", "I", "we/us" and other pronouns that aren't third person.
- Example: Instead of: Many of us think... say: Many students think...
- Avoid opinionated language UNLESS you are writing an opinion or review piece
- Make sure your story starts with an engaging lead and ends with either a quote that sums up the issue, an outlook into the future, or where to find more information. Opinion or review pieces can end with an overall verdict or a call to action
- Rough Drafts MUST be complete stories. We can't edit incomplete stories.
- MUST be run through Grammarly (include your screen shot in your doc)
- Bell Work
- Sample Lead Notes
- p. 42 Notes
- Example lead and edits