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Curriculum
Sports Features
Grade: 5-8
Subject(s): Writing
Required products: Tool Factory Word Processor
Materials
  • Tool Factory Word Processor
  • Notepad
  • Tape recorder (optional)
  • Digital camera (optional)
    Overview
    Students attend a school athletic event, take notes about the competition, interview coaches, players, and spectators, and compose an article about the event for the school newspaper. Use a digital camera to photograph a sporting event.
    Instructions
    1) Open the "Sports Reporter Notes" worksheet and direct students to save it as their own.
    2) Print out as many copies of the worksheet as needed.
    3) Students fill out the fields of the worksheet with the necessary information, and then take notes as they interview players, coaches, and spectators.
    4) Students open the "Sports Feature Article Template" worksheet and save it as their own.
    5) By clicking on each object (photo, headline, text, etc.) students may highlight and then delete the objects that they will replace with their own.
    6) Open the "Sports Feature Photo Template." Students save the worksheet as their own.
    7) Using a digital camera if possible, students take photos of athletes in action. A traditional camera may also be used if a scanner is available. Download or scan photos into the computer.
    8) In Tool Factory Word Processor, student browse for their image files, and add each photo to a box on the template. The boxes may also be resized or deleted.
    9) Students add appropriate captions under each photo.
    10) Remind students to save their work.
    Follow-up Activities
    Give each student reporter a "beat". Perhaps one group covers each extra-curricular sport in the school. Publish a periodical "Sports Report".
    Printable Worksheets
    Mac users: To download, ctrl-click on the worksheet and choose "save link to disk"
  • Sports Reporter Notes
  • Sports Feature Article Template
  • Sports Feature Photo Template
    Downloadable Worksheets
    Mac users: To download, ctrl-click on the worksheet and choose "save link to disk"
  • Sports Reporter Notes
  • Sports Feature Article Template
  • Sports Feature Photo Template
    Correlation
    Choose your standard:
    McREL Writing Standard 1: The student uses the general skills and strategies of the writing process.
    Writing Standard 2: The student uses the stylistic and rhetorical aspects of writing.
    Writing Standard 4: The student gathers and uses information for research purposes.
    Media Standard 10: The student understands the characteristics and components of the media.