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Newspaper Report: Write a Report Based on a Nursery Rhyme

In this worksheet, students practise writing a newspaper report based on a nursery rhyme. This worksheet should be attempted after the student has completed the reading comprehension worksheet on the features of newspaper reports.

'Newspaper Report: Write a Report Based on a Nursery Rhyme' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Writing: Composition

Curriculum subtopic:   Write Non-Fiction

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Read this newspaper article based on the well-known nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty. It includes many of the features that are found in newspaper reports.

 

 

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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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In this activity you are going to practise writing a newspaper report based on a different nursery rhyme.

Read this nursery rhyme.

 

Ding Dong Bell

 

 

Ding dong bell,

Pussy's in the well,

Who put her in?

Little Johnny Green.

Who pulled her out?

Little Tommy Stout.

What a naughty boy was that,

To try to drown poor pussy cat,

Who never did him any harm,

And killed all the mice on his father's farm.

 

What would be a good title for a newspaper report about this story? Make your title short and snappy. It doesn't need to be a complete sentence.

The opening paragraph of a newspaper report sets the scene and summarises the main events in the story. It usually answers most of the questions who? what? when? where? and how?

 

Read the rhyme again and then write your opening paragraph.

 

Ding dong bell,

Pussy's in the well,

Who put her in?

Little Johnny Green.

Who pulled her out?

Little Tommy Stout.

What a naughty boy was that,

To try to drown poor pussy cat,

Who never did him any harm,

And killed all the mice on his father's farm.

Ding dong bell,

Pussy's in the well,

Who put her in?

Little Johnny Green.

Who pulled her out?

Little Tommy Stout.

What a naughty boy was that,

To try to drown poor pussy cat,

Who never did him any harm,

And killed all the mice on his father's farm.

 

Now write the main body of your report. Remember to use the past tense and to put the events in the correct order. Newspaper reports often include quotes from eye witnesses (people who saw what happened), so invent someone who may have been there or include quotes from one of the two boys.

 

Remember to write in complete sentences and try to divide your work into paragraphs.

  • Question 1

Read this nursery rhyme.

 

Ding Dong Bell

 

 

Ding dong bell,

Pussy's in the well,

Who put her in?

Little Johnny Green.

Who pulled her out?

Little Tommy Stout.

What a naughty boy was that,

To try to drown poor pussy cat,

Who never did him any harm,

And killed all the mice on his father's farm.

 

What would be a good title for a newspaper report about this story? Make your title short and snappy. It doesn't need to be a complete sentence.

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

The opening paragraph of a newspaper report sets the scene and summarises the main events in the story. It usually answers most of the questions who? what? when? where? and how?

 

Read the rhyme again and then write your opening paragraph.

 

Ding dong bell,

Pussy's in the well,

Who put her in?

Little Johnny Green.

Who pulled her out?

Little Tommy Stout.

What a naughty boy was that,

To try to drown poor pussy cat,

Who never did him any harm,

And killed all the mice on his father's farm.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Award two marks if the paragraph includes the main details of what happened and answers at least three of the questions. Award one mark if an attempt has been made to do this.
  • Question 3

Ding dong bell,

Pussy's in the well,

Who put her in?

Little Johnny Green.

Who pulled her out?

Little Tommy Stout.

What a naughty boy was that,

To try to drown poor pussy cat,

Who never did him any harm,

And killed all the mice on his father's farm.

 

Now write the main body of your report. Remember to use the past tense and to put the events in the correct order. Newspaper reports often include quotes from eye witnesses (people who saw what happened), so invent someone who may have been there or include quotes from one of the two boys.

 

Remember to write in complete sentences and try to divide your work into paragraphs.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Award up to six marks for this question.
1) Award one mark if the report is written in complete sentences with full stops and capital letters.
2) Award one mark if the events are told in the correct order.
3) Award one mark if the past tense is used consistently throughout.
4) Award one mark if the work is divided up into paragraphs.
5 and 6) Award up to two marks if quotes have been used in an appropriate way.
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