SciJourn Read-Aloud


The lede of a news story is the hook that grabs the reader, usually at the beginning of the article. In this Seed Activity, students are shown several different possible ledes for the same story and are asked to decide which is most interesting.

Background: The spelling of lede is correct. The term was originally used by journalists to differentiate from lead (the metal) from which type for printing was made. Today, journalists continue to use the lede spelling.

Activity: Read and/or show each of the following ledes to the students. Ask which might entice a reader to read the article. Have students measure each lede on a scale of 0-10 with 10 being the most interesting or most likely to engage the readers.


Read Aloud – ledes

Read Aloud – ledes (Editable Version)

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