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Monday 18th January

LF: To identify the key features of a newspaper report.


Over the next two weeks, we are going to be learning to write a newspaper report about Mount Vesuvius erupting in 79AD.


Your task today: 

1. Have a look at the following BBC Bitesize video.

2. Open the features checklist and the newspaper articles.

3. Colour in the key on your feature checklist and then identify where these features can be found in one of the newspaper articles below. If you are feeling confident, move onto Newspaper Article 2.



Newspaper articles must:

  • Be short and snappy.
  • In the first sentence sum up what the story is about.
  • Be written in third person and the past tense.
  • Split into paragraphs to help the reader clearly understand the information.
  • Use quotes to make your report more interesting.
  • Include photos/pictures with a caption to give the reader more information.
  • Filled with both facts and opinions. Facts give the reader all of the information they need by using the 5 Ws (Who, What, When, Where, Why).


Review the features of a newspaper and test your knowledge with a quiz!