A handy list of free resources and worksheets to support teaching non-fiction and persuasive writing to KS2 and KS3 students.
Junior Journalist Guide – helps students learn and improve reporting skills, interview techniques, headline tricks and lots more with this comprehensive guide
Features of a Newspaper Report KS2 – to help students understand a newspaper’s structure and identify the key characteristics of a newspaper report
Features of a Newspaper Report Terminology Cards – an activity where pupils identify the features of a newspaper report by matching up the title with the description
What’s on the Front Page of a Newspaper – to help your pupils understand the features of the front page of a newspaper
What’s in a Newspaper Interview – help your KS2 students identify the key characteristics of a newspaper interview
Journalistic Words and Phrases KS2 – sentence openers and other journalistic words and phrase to share with your class
Newspaper Vocabulary Activity – an activity to help students recognise which sentence openers you might find in a newspaper and those you would not
Newspaper Section Cards – laminate these cards and cut them out. You can use these to give children different sections of First News to review.
Section Sleuth Activity – an activity that tasks students with identifying which sections of First News each news story could feature in and why
Blank Newspaper Front Cover – a front cover template for students to create their own front covers with what they have learnt
Useful Alternative to ‘Said’ – a handy worksheet detailing some alternatives to using ‘said’ when reporting speech with examples
The Inverted Pyramid – use this handy worksheet to explain about the style of writing applied in newspaper articles
Guide to Starting a School Newspaper – a handy guide to starting a student-led school newspaper
Editorial Team Meeting Activity
Debating & Persuasive Writing
First News Polls
Look out for the news polls in First News and on the First News iHub every week. These questions on a topical dilemma are an excellent starting point for a ten minute classroom discussion.
Free Teaching Resources – News Debates
Try out these First News debates. Background information, facts and figures and different points of view are provided to enable students to have a in-depth and informed discussion on the topical dilemma.