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Newspaper Report: Identify the Features

In this worksheet, students identify the typical features of a newspaper report.

'Newspaper Report: Identify the Features' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  Reading: Comprehension

Curriculum subtopic:  Understand Structure and Purpose

Difficulty level:  

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Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Newspaper reports have features that make them different from other types of report writing. Look at this newspaper article based on the well-known nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty.

 

 

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Egg-straordinary escape from death!

Local hero survives after shattering fall from high wall.

 

Yesterday afternoon the well-known local celebrity Humpty Dumpty was lucky to escape with his life after falling from a four-metre high wall in the local park onto hard concrete. He is currently being treated in hospital. 

It is believed that Mr Dumpty was sunbathing on the wall at around two o'clock yesterday afternoon when he nodded off to sleep and toppled forwards. He fell to the ground and shattered into dozens of pieces.

Horrified onlookers used their mobile phones to call for assistance. The first on the scene were the King's horses and men, but despite their best efforts they could not put Mr Dumpty back together and all seemed lost. However, paramedics from the local hospital were more successful, and Mr Dumpty is now recovering in hospital.

Local shepherdess Bo Peep, who saw the accident, told us what happened.

"I was just out looking for my sheep when I heard a terrible, smashing sound," she said. "I really thought that he had been killed, but I'm so relieved to hear that he is going to get better."

Mr Dumpty's family have thanked well-wishers for their gifts and cards. It is hoped that he will be released from hospital in a few days.

 

Humpty Dumpty pictured after
his horrifying accident.

 

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Remember, you can click on HELP if you'd like to see the article again.

A newspaper story begins with a headline to grab people's attention and make them want to read on. What is the headline in this report about Humpty Dumpty?

Write the answer in the box. 

Some newspaper reports also have a subheading just below the main headline, giving more information about the story to follow. What is the subheading in this report?

Write the answer in the box. 

Newspaper reports often include photographs of the event itself or the people who feature in the report. The writing underneath the photograph is called the caption.

What is the caption in this report?

Humpty Dumpty pictured sunbathing on the wall yesterday afternoon.

Humpty Dumpty pictured after his horrifying accident.

All the king's horses and all the king's men couldn't put Humpty together again.

The first paragraph of the report is sometimes called the orientation. It usually sets the scene and summarises the main events that will be described in more detail later in the report.

The opening paragraph often answers the following questions:

  • who?
  • what?
  • when?
  • where?
  • why?
  • how?

 

Match up the questions with their answers.

Column A

Column B

who?
Humpty Dumpty
what?
yesterday afternoon
when?
in the local park
where?
fell off the wall

The main body of the report comes next, divided into paragraphs.

Is it written in the present tense or the past tense?

present tense

past tense

The main body of a newspaper report often includes quotes (the words spoken) from eye-witnesses (people who saw what happened). Who is the eye-witness quoted in this report?

The final paragraph of the report often sums up what has happened or suggests what might happen next. What is expected to happen next in this report?

Humpty Dumpty is likely to die.

Humpty Dumpty is likely to stay in hospital for months.

Humpty Dumpty is likely to be allowed to go home next week.

Match up the terms used in newspaper reporting with their meanings.

Column A

Column B

headline
the words underneath a picture or photograph
subheading
a person who saw what happened
caption
another name for the opening paragraph of a newspa...
orientation
the words spoken by somebody
eye-witness
a second title that gives a bit more information
quote
the main title of the report
  • Question 1

A newspaper story begins with a headline to grab people's attention and make them want to read on. What is the headline in this report about Humpty Dumpty?

Write the answer in the box. 

CORRECT ANSWER
Egg-straordinary escape from death!
EDDIE SAYS
A newspaper headline often contains puns or word play. In this headline the word 'extraordinary' has been changed to 'egg-straordinary' because Humpty Dumpty is an egg.
  • Question 2

Some newspaper reports also have a subheading just below the main headline, giving more information about the story to follow. What is the subheading in this report?

Write the answer in the box. 

CORRECT ANSWER
Local hero survives after shattering fall from high wall.
EDDIE SAYS
The subheading also contains word play. It uses the adjective 'shattering' which has two meanings. Humpty Dumpty really has shattered, but something that is shattering is also something very upsetting.
  • Question 3

Newspaper reports often include photographs of the event itself or the people who feature in the report. The writing underneath the photograph is called the caption.

What is the caption in this report?

CORRECT ANSWER
Humpty Dumpty pictured after his horrifying accident.
EDDIE SAYS
The caption describes the photograph.
  • Question 4

The first paragraph of the report is sometimes called the orientation. It usually sets the scene and summarises the main events that will be described in more detail later in the report.

The opening paragraph often answers the following questions:

  • who?
  • what?
  • when?
  • where?
  • why?
  • how?

 

Match up the questions with their answers.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

who?
Humpty Dumpty
what?
fell off the wall
when?
yesterday afternoon
where?
in the local park
EDDIE SAYS
The questions why? and how? are answered later on in the report.
  • Question 5

The main body of the report comes next, divided into paragraphs.

Is it written in the present tense or the past tense?

CORRECT ANSWER
past tense
EDDIE SAYS
Although the headline and subheading are often written in the present tense, the main body of a newspaper report is usually written in the past tense.
  • Question 6

The main body of a newspaper report often includes quotes (the words spoken) from eye-witnesses (people who saw what happened). Who is the eye-witness quoted in this report?

CORRECT ANSWER
Bo Peep
Little Bo Peep
EDDIE SAYS
It is also very common for television news reporters to interview eye-witnesses.
  • Question 7

The final paragraph of the report often sums up what has happened or suggests what might happen next. What is expected to happen next in this report?

CORRECT ANSWER
Humpty Dumpty is likely to be allowed to go home next week.
EDDIE SAYS
The writer of the report has tried to end on a positive note.
  • Question 8

Match up the terms used in newspaper reporting with their meanings.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

headline
the main title of the report
subheading
a second title that gives a bit m...
caption
the words underneath a picture or...
orientation
another name for the opening para...
eye-witness
a person who saw what happened
quote
the words spoken by somebody
EDDIE SAYS
Not all newspaper reports include all of these features.
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