Writing a News Lead: Journalism and Informational Text Lesson


Help your journalism students learn how to write an efficient and captivating news lead, also called a lede, with this journalism unit all about writing a lead! This journalism teaching unit includes a presentation for direct instruction and digital news story assignments that can be used again and again all year long in journalism class.

Help your journalism students to learn what makes an effective news lead, how to identify the key elements within a news lead, and how to write a news lead with this teaching unit. Students will explore the 5Ws and H, and begin to write more journalistically!

This journalism unit includes the following items:

  • an editable, 10-slide presentation for direct instruction
  • news lead sketch notes to help improve student understanding
  • news lead inverted pyramid graphic organizer
  • news lead graphic organizer for their own stories
  • a news lead assignment for understanding news stories

Your students’ journalistic writing will improve exponentially after completing the instruction and assignments in this unit. Say goodbye to essay-style story introductions that don’t get to the facts of the story, and say hello to effective news leads that report the most important facts in the first two sentences!


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