Year 8 Integrated Studies: Newspaper Assignment
Bring a complete Dominion
Post to school. Write your name on every section of your newspaper. Put your paper in a named plastic bag as newspapers
can be most untidy things and sections get lost! You will be completing this unit of work during class time. There are eight
tasks of varying length. Your teacher will give you a guide as to how much you are to complete in each lesson, any unfinished
work for a particular lesson will be needed to be finished for homework. Aim to focus and concentrate to get as much completed
in each lesson.
The project will be
completed on my white paper in the form of a book/magazine – I will give you details of the presentation.
Complete the newspaper
1. Reading Newspapers Questionnaire
· The newspaper(s) my family reads
· Who reads the newspaper in your home?
· What I like about reading the newspaper is...
· What I don't like about reading the newspaper is...
2. Becoming Familiar
with the Sections of the Newspaper
What are the different
sections? How can you find the different sections? List in bullet points as many different sections as you can and briefly
describe what is in them.
3. Exploring the Newspaper
How is the front page
of the newspaper presented?
Explore the front page
layout and look at how articles are put together within the space on the page. What sort of font has been used? What do the
headlines tell the reader? Does the content of the story influence the way the story appears on the page? Draw a simplified
sketch of your front-page, labeling the different features – see me for directions.
4. Scavenger Hunt Activity
Use your newspapers
to find these explanations/information. You must give more than just a number ie which sporting event, which teams and the
score so the reader understands what you are writing about. If possible try to cut out the article.
- the score from a sporting event
· the price of a used car
· a comic strip
· an editorial cartoon
· the time a movie is starting at a local theatre
· information about a cultural event
· the name of the editor of the newspaper
· the title of a story which occurred in your city
· the title of a story that contains the name of a country other than the United States
· the price of the newspaper
· the price of a house (in your local area)
· the page to find a job
· today's weather
5. World Hot Spots
On a world map locate
and label each country mentioned on the paper's front page. Then add more countries as you find them mentioned throughout
Briefly describe what
was happening in one of those places. Write about half a page. Collect a blank world map from me. Paste in the article.
6. Functions of a Newspaper
Make up a table with
three columns headed "Inform" "Entertain" and "Persuade". By referring, where
necessary, to your newspaper place each of the following under the correct heading:
· news reports
· letters to the editor
· feature articles
· editorial cartoon
· display ads
· sport reports
· classified ads
· classified ads
7. News Stories
Select one story and
answer the following: paste in the article.
Who is involved?
What did they do?
When did it happen?
Where did it happen?
Why did it happen?
How did it happen?
Discuss and list some
of the languages features and the structure of the story?
Find the editorial
cartoon by Tom Scott, paste it in and answer the following:
What did the cartoonist
want their audience to think about?
Is the cartoon based
on a real person or an event?
What is the subject
of the cartoon?
What is the mood? How
does it make you feel?
What do you think the
artist is trying to communicate in the cartoon?
Do you think the cartoon
is an accurate picture of the event/person?