Need some help writing a report:Write a brief news report about a mysterious death. Title your story The Contents of the Dead Man's Pockets. The person in the report has fallen from a ledge eleven...

Need some help writing a report:

Write a brief news report about a mysterious death. Title your story The Contents of the Dead Man's Pockets. The person in the report has fallen from a ledge eleven floors up. In the dead person's pocket is a yellow piece of paper bearing incomprehensible penciled notations. Who is he? Why did he fall?

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clairewait | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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The beauty of this assignment is that it is completely creative writing.  This means you get to make up all of the details about which you will write. I encourage you to let your imagination run wild, be original, and have fun.

The assignment dictates that you are writing a news report.  Keep in mind that newspaper articles are written at about a 5th or 6th grade reading level.  This means short sentences, short paragraphs, keep to the facts, and include little to no opinion.

Most news or journalism articles answer the 5 W's: who, what, when, where, why?  To make this assignment easy, you could treat it like a real news report and make a quick list of these details.  Pretend like you have interviewed crime scene investigators, family members, and/or personal friends of the victim.  Once you've brainstormed a list of details, weave the story together piece by piece, and keep it simple.

As far as "mysterious death" is concerned, your first detail might be deciding if this was an accident, a murder, or a suicide.  Then, go from there.

The link below might provide some more help on how to write in a journalistic style.

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