This last term, we are following current news and reading newspaper articles. We have already worked on a piece of news taken from the digital edition of El País in English. and you are currently working on headlines of your choice, taken from the same source.
Today, I have chosen a news story from The Guardian. I did so, in order to analyse the headline, the photo and its caption. My choice was also guided because this year, we went to several talks at La Caixa where you learnt about what to live in Afghanistan is like. I’m sure that now, when you read a piece of news about this country, you surely remember Monica Bernabe and Ramon Lobo’s experiences and Skateistan skate park initiative, don’t you? We devoted several posts in this blog to them.
Well, unfortunately gloomy news keep on making the headlines. Look at this one from the Guardian. You can read the same story covered by El País. By clicking on the links, you can read the whole story.
- What’s characteristic of headlines?
- Which part of the sentence is omitted , if any?
- does the sentence follow grammar conventions?
- Is the headline catchy?
- Where does the piece of news come from? an agency? a correspondant?
- who signs the piece of news?
- Does the headline anticiparte all the information you’ll find in the article?
- Do the headline and caption answer most “WH” questions?
- What about the photograph chosen?
- who is the protagonist of the story?
- Can you think of other photos other than the one chosen that would have changed our perception of the news story: The teacher killed, talibans holding guns, a classroom…?
What would have happened if you had looked up the word “head” in a dictionary and had read only the first meaning of the word?
How many different meanings do yo have to look at until you actually find one that fits ?
Look at dictionary reference.com. We need to scroll down until we get to (5)
Now, let’s analyse further information
Which section of the newspaper is the news from?
- What is Reuters?
- See what happens if you click on “Article history”
- What kind of information appears in the new box?
- Is it a helpful tool? Why?
- You have to print the whole article and bring it to class, as you did with the one about Lorca’s earthquake. We’ll analyse together.
- Digital editions usually give you the option of a printable version of the article. Click here to access the printable one