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Write Headlines for Newspaper Reports

In this worksheet, students write suitable headlines for newspaper reports. This worksheet should be attempted after the student has completed the reading comprehension worksheet on newspaper headlines.

'Write Headlines for Newspaper Reports' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  English

Curriculum subtopic:  Grammar: Alliteration & Onomatopoeia

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

A good headline is very important when you are writing a newspaper report. If your headline is not interesting enough, nobody will bother reading the rest of the article!

 

Most headlines are short and snappy. They are usually written in the present tense and do not need to be complete sentences.

For example:

Dog rescues man from river (Not: A dog rescued a man from a river.)

 

Many headlines use word play such as puns (where a word has more than one meaning or two words sound alike), or change words for comic effect.

For example:

Cat-astrophe of missing kitten

 

Rhyme and alliteration (where two or more words begin with the same sound) are also popular with headline writers.

For example:

Daring dog defies death

Lucky ducky!

 

In this worksheet, you can practise writing headlines for newspaper stories.

Think of a good headline for the newspaper report below. Remember to make it short and snappy to attract the reader's attention. If you can, try to include some word play.

 

Fireman were called out today to save a cat that was stranded on top of a chimney. The cat's name was Smokey.

 

Write your headline in the answer box.

 

Click on the Help button if you want to look at the introduction again.

Now try this one! (Try to include the word 'smashing' in your headline.)

 

A unicyclist performing on a city street loses control of his unicycle and crashes through a shop window. He isn't hurt.

Can you include rhyming words in your headline for this one?

 

Ourtown United, the local football team, beat its main rivals five-nil yesterday evening. Star striker Jack Clive scored all the goals.

This time, see if you can include alliteration in your headline.

 

Local athlete Gary Smith wins a gold medal at the Olympic Games.

Try to write a funny headline for this article.

 

A farmer finds a golden egg among the normal eggs when he goes out to his hen coop one morning.

Try using alliteration for this article.

 

Greenacre Junior School has come first in the schools gardening competition. They have grown all their own vegetables and flowers.

Can you include rhyming words in your headline for this one?

 

Local Magician Rick Smith was hurt yesterday when one of his tricks went wrong. Instead of catching the rabbit that leapt out of his hat, it landed on his head and knocked him to the floor. The rabbit Pat was unharmed.

Try this one! (Try to include the word 'web-site' in your headline to make a pun)

 

Computers For You recently had to close their busy shop in the High Street because spiders had covered them all with webs. "None of the customers could go on the internet", said shopkeeper Mr Money.

  • Question 1

Think of a good headline for the newspaper report below. Remember to make it short and snappy to attract the reader's attention. If you can, try to include some word play.

 

Fireman were called out today to save a cat that was stranded on top of a chimney. The cat's name was Smokey.

 

Write your headline in the answer box.

 

Click on the Help button if you want to look at the introduction again.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Award two marks if the headline is short and snappy and appropriate to the subject matter. Award one mark if an attempt has been made to use the conventions of headline writing.
  • Question 2

Now try this one! (Try to include the word 'smashing' in your headline.)

 

A unicyclist performing on a city street loses control of his unicycle and crashes through a shop window. He isn't hurt.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Award two marks if the headline includes the word 'smashing' in an appropriate way (for example: 'Smashing time for unicyclist'). Award one mark if an attempt has been made to use the conventions of headline writing.
  • Question 3

Can you include rhyming words in your headline for this one?

 

Ourtown United, the local football team, beat its main rivals five-nil yesterday evening. Star striker Jack Clive scored all the goals.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Award two marks if the headline includes a rhyme such as \'Five for Clive\'. Award one mark if an attempt has been made to use the conventions of headline writing.
  • Question 4

This time, see if you can include alliteration in your headline.

 

Local athlete Gary Smith wins a gold medal at the Olympic Games.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Award two marks if the headline includes alliteration (such as \'Gary grabs gold at the games\'). Award one mark if an attempt has been made to use the conventions of headline writing.
  • Question 5

Try to write a funny headline for this article.

 

A farmer finds a golden egg among the normal eggs when he goes out to his hen coop one morning.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Award two marks if the headline is amusing and appropriate to the subject matter (for example: \'Egg-citing find for farmer\'). Award one mark if an attempt has been made to use the conventions of headline writing.
  • Question 6

Try using alliteration for this article.

 

Greenacre Junior School has come first in the schools gardening competition. They have grown all their own vegetables and flowers.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Award two marks if the headline includes alliteration (such as \'Greenacre\'s Garden Gets Gold\'). Award one mark if an attempt has been made to use the conventions of headline writing.
  • Question 7

Can you include rhyming words in your headline for this one?

 

Local Magician Rick Smith was hurt yesterday when one of his tricks went wrong. Instead of catching the rabbit that leapt out of his hat, it landed on his head and knocked him to the floor. The rabbit Pat was unharmed.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Award two marks if the headline includes a rhyme such as \'Rick\'s Trick Goes Wrong\'. Award one mark if an attempt has been made to use the conventions of headline writing.
  • Question 8

Try this one! (Try to include the word 'web-site' in your headline to make a pun)

 

Computers For You recently had to close their busy shop in the High Street because spiders had covered them all with webs. "None of the customers could go on the internet", said shopkeeper Mr Money.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Award two marks if the headline includes the word \'web-site\' in an appropriate way (for example: \'Spiders make new Web-sites\'). Award one mark if an attempt has been made to use the conventions of headline writing.
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