In this lesson, students examine the organization and structure of the science news article and how it differs from the five paragraph essay.

“Journalism’s inverted triangle structure requires that the writer determine the gist of the story, what details are most important (these come next) and which details come later down. . .”
SciJourn Standards for Scientific Literacy

Objective: Students will recognize the elements and structure of the science news article.

Materials: The Inverted Triangle
ARTICLE A (to be cut into separate paragraphs)
ARTICLE B (intact version of article)
Several business envelopes (enough for each group of 3 students)
A piece of plain paper for each group
glue sticks

Preparation prior to lesson: Prepare enough copies of ARTICLE A so that there will be one for each group of 3 students. Cut the article along the dotted lines and place in random order into an envelope for each group.

Time: approximately 50 minutes
lesson – Science News Article Organization

lesson – Science News Article Organization (Editable Version)

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