how would you do a newspaper article for 'roll of thunder hear my cry' book chapters 11-12 of Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry about the Barnett's getting knocked out, and when T.J. and his family are...

how would you do a newspaper article for 'roll of thunder hear my cry' book chapters 11-12 of Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry about the Barnett's getting knocked out, and when T.J. and his family are hurt?

 

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You would first need to choose a perspective to do it from.  Are you writing from the perspective of a black person in the community?  If so, you would write an article explaining how bad things were with T.J. getting involved in the robbery and the attempted lynching, and then ending with an explanation of how the lynching was stopped and how the story ended on a better note.  

If you were writing from the perspective of a non-sympathetic white person, you might write about the hatred you feel toward black kids who get into trouble and how T.J. should have been lynched.  You might also write about the fact that it didn't happen and explain why.  If you choose this perspective to write from, be very careful - don't use racially insensitive words and don't use "hate speech" - that is, don't say rude things about any specific race.  You might make a classmate feel bad.

You could also write from the perspective of a sympathetic white person - someone who thinks the African American families are being mistreated.  Tell what happened and whether each event was good or bad.  

No matter which perspective you write from, you'll need to take a position.  That is, start out your article by saying something like, "Last night was a night of terror for many families" or "Justice was almost served last night!"  Then, tell what happened and close by restating your opinion.  Your closing would sound something like, "The families are relieved that all are safe but worry about the outcome of the trial," or "Next time, justice will win!".

Be sure to include a fictitious date (approximate the year).  Your teacher may also want you to name your newspaper.  Choose a name that has something to do with the area the book is set in.

Remember, this book is about race and you want to show what it really was like to live at that time, but you don't want to say rude things or hurt anyone's feelings.  Be sensitive as you write.

Here's an example of a newspaper article.  It's about volleyball, but you will be able to get the gist of the format:

http://leavingcertenglish.net/2011/05/sample-newspaper-article/

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