Courtney Kirkpatrick's News Anchors

Introduction

It is time for you to become a news anchor! You have just been hired to be on the morning news for your city. Your job is to tell viewers about the current news. But, before you can do that, you must find news stories to talk about!

In this WebQuest, you will explore a variety of online news resources. From these resources, you will be asked to report on a story of your choice. 

 

Let's Get Started!

Task

Task:

Students will use their new knowledge of a current event to create a video of them acting as if they are news anchors. 

 

Watch this video for an example of a news report:

 

Process

The Process:

1) Research: Read through the stories written by a variety of current event resources. Learn about what is happening in the world around you.

Online Current Event Sources:

  1. https://www.nytimes.com/spotlight/learning-current-events

  2. https://www.dailyherald.com/news/nationworld/

  3. https://www.dogonews.com/

  4. https://www.usnews.com/news

  5. https://listenwise.com/current_events

2) Pick One: Once you have read through articles that appealed to you, you must choose only one article to report on.

3) Script It Out!: Gather all important information from the news article. Students should write themselves a script to read from as they record their current event report.

4) Record: Record yourself telling the news story to your audience. Make sure you speak loud and clear, sit up straight, dress professionally, and have fun!

Evaluation

You will be evaluated on the following:

  • the accuracy of the information gathered and how well is it analyzed
  • the quality and accuracy of your news report video
  • the quality and quantity of information provided in your news report

 

Rubric
  3 (Great) 2 (Good) 1 (Needs work) SCORE

Data Analysis

& Findings

The student displays a clear and complete understanding of the current event. 

The student shows a basic understanding of the current event. 

The student does not show that they understand the current event.  

Video News Report

(Presentation)

The student maintains a clear and loud voice throughout the news report video. The student presents all of the major information related to their current event story of choice. The student has a clear and loud voice at some points throughout the news report video. The student presents most of the major information related to their current event story of choice. The student does not maintain a clear and loud voice at any point in their news report video. The student does not present any important information related to their current event story of choice.  
Creativity The student shows that they understand how professional news anchors present their stories on television. The students show that they understood all aspects of this project and displayed personal creativity throughout their final product. The student shows that they are starting to understand how professional news anchors present their stories on television. The student shows that they are starting to understand how to display personal creativity throughout their final products. The student does not show that they understand how news anchors present stories on television. The student does not seem to understand how to display personal creativity throughout their final products.  

                                                                            Total Score: ____ / 9

 

 

Conclusion

Congratulations! You are now a news anchor!

You have learned a lot about current events in your city and around the world. Now you know how to report your findings to others in the same way that news anchors do. The next time you read a current event article or see a current event video, see if you can apply your skills when you are reading the story. This way, you can easily find the important details of the event and you will be able to tell everybody else the news!

Here are some questions for you to think about:

  • What is the most common theme/trend in the news right now?
  • How does world news differ from national news?
  • How can you tell if a news resource is trustworthy or not?
  • Why is it important for news anchors to speak enthusiastically?
Teacher Page

What's in the News?

Grade Level: Sixth Grade

Designed By: Courtney Kirkpatrick

Contact Info: ckirkpa4@emich.edu