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Headline Quiz. Of Mice and Men. Chapters 5 and 6. Formatting Your Article. Tape or staple two pieces of paper together Fold the paper into four equal columns Leave three spaces across the page for an eye-grabbing headline On the left, draw a picture box one column wide and nine spaces deep

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Headline Quiz

Of Mice and Men

Chapters 5 and 6


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Formatting Your Article

  • Tape or staple two pieces of paper together

  • Fold the paper into four equal columns

  • Leave three spaces across the page for an eye-grabbing headline

  • On the left, draw a picture box one column wide and nine spaces deep

  • Below box, write your name on one line, and Staff Reporter on the next

  • Begin your article in the first column below the picture


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Directions for Of Mice and Men Headline Quiz

  • Imagine you are a reporter acting on a tip about what happened in Chapters 5 and 6 for Of Mice and Men.

  • Your task is to report what happened

  • Provide necessary background information so readers’ will understand the context of events

  • Include at least four direct citations (two from each chapter and parenthetically noted) of people familiar with what happened


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Formula for a Well-Written News Article

  • First Paragraph(75+ words)

    In your first one or two sentences tell who, what, when, where, and why. Try to hook the reader by beginning with a clever or surprising statement. Go for variety: try beginning your article with a question or a provocative statement.

  • Second/Third/Fourth Paragraphs(75+ words each)

    Give the reader the details. Include quotes from people involved with the case. Write in the third person (he, she, it, they.) Be objective (never state your opinion). Use quotes to express others' opinions.


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  • Last Paragraph: (75+ words)

    • Wrap it up somehow (don't leave the reader hanging. Please don't say, "In conclusion…" or "To finish..." (yawn!) Try ending with a quote or with your own catchy phrase.

  • Writing Tips:

    • Use active words (verbs that show what's really happening.)

    • Write about the really interesting info first!


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Rubric

  • Has a catchy headline that encourages people to read the article

  • Contains the most important information in the first paragraph

  • Covers in depth who, what, when, where, why, and how

  • Uses your best English and remains objective or un-opinionated

  • Contains at least four direct citations (with parenthetical citations, two from each chapter)

  • Relatively free of grammatical, mechanical, and spelling errors

  • Neatly printed, not hand-written


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Headline Quiz

End of Quiz

Chapters 5 and 6