Informational Text: Newspaper Project Description of the task: Read the newspaper. Choose a headline in the newspaper to analyze. Cut out three related newspaper articles. Attach onto paper (glue). Summarize each article in writing. Finally, compare and contrast the three related articles. The subject must be the same for all three articles (Three articles on the Space Shuttle. Sports are too general. It would have to be on one particular team and the articles must be on the same subject; a Bind the articles and writings together (staple, etc.) This project may be typed or neatly hand-written. sports coach retiring.) Goals of the task: To understand the format of a newspaper. To read, summarize, compare and contrast informational text. To become aware of current events. Grading Rubric Key Elements Layout Format Editing Article Analysis 30 20 Completely followed Almost no editing mistakes To some degree A few mistakes The writing is fully developed and fulfills all the requirements of the task. It is complete and accurate and indicates a very good understanding of the article. It includes relevant, supportive details and information from the text. Any personal responses are relevant to the task. The writing is adequately developed and fulfills most of the requirements of the task. It provides some relevant, supportive information from the text. 10 Barely Some mistakes, but they don’t affect meaning much The writing includes a few correct details, but ideas may be too general or overly specific. 0 Directions not followed Several errors; meaning is affected The writing has many inaccuracies and irrelevancies. Equal to a blank paper. Introduction: 1. Tell what you already knew about the topic before reading the articles. 2. Explain why you picked this topic. 3. Explain the organizational structure of a newspaper article. How is the information organized? What is the sentence structure? How is the information presented? 4. Is this topic international, national, or local? 5. How many people are affected by this topic? 6. Determine the significance of the topic. Why do you think it made the news? Article Analysis: 1. Name the newspaper that you found each article in. 2. Who wrote the articles? 3. What are the dates of the articles? 4. Each article must have a summary. 5. Compare and contrast all of the articles. 6. Explain the use of quotes in the articles. 7. Describe your reaction to each article. How did it make you feel?