English 11--The Crucible
News Writing Assignment
A lead paragraph opens a news article and usually gives the most important information which the rest of the article will develop. A good reporter, therefore, attempts in a lead paragraph to catch the reader's attention by telling who did what, when, where, why, and how. The paragraphs preceding will expand on those initial facts.
There was no newspaper in Salem in 1692, but imagine there was, and you are its star reporter. Your editor hands you the list of headlines below and assigns you to select one which best catches the events of that spring and to develop it into a complete article. Keep in mind the basic information of a news article as described above. Write the paragraph(s) you would turn in. Remember to use the tone and point of view of an objective reporter.
LOCAL GIRL'S ILLNESS REMAINS A MYSTERY
CLERGYMAN WORRIES ABOUT HIS POSITION
LOCAL WOMAN SEEKS CAUSE OF INFANT DEATHS
VISITOR TO PROBE WITCHCRAFT CHARGES
LOCAL GIRL THOUGHT TO BE TRUSTWORTHY
WOMAN NOT IMPRESSED BY THREAT OF WITCHCRAFT
CITIZEN AT ODDS WITH CLERIC
SERVANT TELLS ALL--IMPLICATES OTHERS