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Lesson 1.4: The Structure of Broadcast News
Developed by Imani M. Cheers
Students learn about elements like an attention-getting headline, a strong lead, the use of quotes and trustworthy facts, a summary and skillful arrangement. Students identify some structural features of broadcast news and then compare and contrast a segment from PBS News Hour, a segment from NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, and a segment from ABC World News with Diane Sawyer.
By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:
Make copies of Worksheets A for students. Review additional resources for students to watch for extra support.
Ask: What makes an interesting news story?
Listen to students’ answers as they will vary based on their experiences.
Explore: How is a television news segment structured?
Pass out at least 2 copies of Worksheet A to each student. This worksheet can be passed out the day before as a homework assignment for students and their families. Ask the students to watch a nightly news program and fill out the worksheet. Teachers can also pass out the worksheet in class and play clips from at least 2 of the links below and have students fill out the worksheets after the clips have been viewed.