For all types of story, whether they're about real people and events or pretend things, I use the Story House to remind me of the elements (parts) that might need to be included in the story.
|Jack Trelawny's Story House - click image to enlarge|
Who (see top floor) - I made a list of the 'characters' who might be included in the story...
1. Who is the oldest runner?
2. Who is the youngest runner?
3. How many people are taking part?
4. Are there any unusual or newsworthy characters taking part?
Where (see top floor) - I started asking where or 'place' questions...
1. Where would the runners run? In other words, what is the route of the marathon?
2. Where are the different starting places for different types of runners - fast athletes, amateurs, disabled?
2. Where in the world (that is, which countries) do the competitors come from?
When (see top floor) - 'time' questions...
1. What date will the marathon take place?
2. When is the exact start time?
There are lots of other questions I would ask and lots more facts I would find out about before I started my news report story. In this type of story, it's important that anything you write down as a fact is actually true and real, so be careful to make sure you find out your facts and other information from good sources.
Some of the things I found out for my News Report story...
1. The oldest runner starting the London 2012 Marathon race was Mr Fauja Singh.
|Fauja Singh - 101 years old|
2. More than 35,000 people were going to run the race.
5. Lots of celebrities took part, including singer, Will Young.
6. Member of Parliament, Ed Balls, ran to raise funds for the charities Whizz-Kidz and Action for Stammering Children.
7. One of the the contestants, wheelchair athlete David Weir, won for the sixth time.
8. The man and woman who won the men's and women's races were both from Kenya.
IDEA: Someone very wise once said that 'practice makes perfect'. In other words, if you want to become very good at something, you need to practice, practice, practice. You could practice writing a News Report story about the London Marathon 2012 by starting with some of the ideas and information above. When you've had a go yourself, you could show it to your teacher so they can tell you how you have done.
See you next time in the Story House.
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