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White Fox News Report

Writing a news report about the journey of the fox.

Lesson length: 1 session

Lesson from The White Fox series

Required reading: Whole book

Text potential

  • Writing opportunities: Report

Strategies used

  • Drama Strategies: Teacher in Role

Purpose

Writing a news report requires readers to take information from the story and recreate it in a different format. This process uses application skills.

Preparation

  • BBC Newsround report bookmarked for use on the interactive whiteboard (see below)
  • Gather a selection of news reports. The Week Junior is a good source, as is CBBC Newsround

Process

Begin by reading the news story of the Arctic fox who walked 2000 miles from Norway to Canada in July 2019 (see link below).

The story of the white fox journeying to Seattle and being returned to Alaska is one that would make an interesting news item for people around the world. Tell the children that they are now news reporters and are being sent to cover the story.

Explain that you are the editor of the newspaper and have heard about a boy who found an Arctic fox in Seattle and returned it home. You are sending ‘reporters’ to interview the boy so they can write a news story.

Teacher in Role: You will be in role as Sol and will answer any questions the ‘reporters’ may have. 

Organise the children into groups of three. Their first task is to write a list of questions. Explain that this will not be an exhaustive list as they may think of more questions during the interview. 

Gather the class and begin the news conference. Alternatively, the groups of three could take on the roles of Sol, reporter, and note maker. 

The simplest way to structure the written report will be to give the children some questions to answer,e.g.

  • What has happened?

An Arctic fox was found at the docks in Seattle. It is thought that it stowed away in a boat delivering dumpsters. 

  • Who found the fox?

The fox was spotted by dockers one night.

  • How was the fox caught?

The dockers caught the fox using a peanut butter sandwich as bait. 

  • How did the fox get back to Alaska?

A twelve-year-old boy had befriended the fox. He told us, ‘I heard about the fox and went to the docks until I saw it. I guess you could say we became friends. 

Writing the news report gives an opportunity to apply the conventions for direct speech by including quotes from Sol. This can be modelled to the children at the appropriate time. 

Final reflection

Give time for the children to present their reports orally to others. Use some reflective questions to prompt the editing process, e.g:

  • Was there anything else you wanted to know?
  • Were there any parts that weren’t as clear as they needed to be?

Key vocabulary

reporter, report

Additional vocabulary

News story of the Arctic fox who walked 2000 miles from Norway to Canada in July 2019

Resources

BBC Newsroud

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Contributors

Sam Keeley

Formerly a teacher and local authority advisory teacher, Sam now works with Just Imagine as an English consultant and manager of the year 6 Reading Gladiators programme.

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