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Topic: A Valuable W


News media has been making news recently with a lively debate about what facts are, so it's a great time to think about how news stories are written. Many news stories will answer what’s known as the 5 W questions. Those are who, what, when, where and why.

Often, the “why” of a story tells the reader the reasons the story is important. When you write, you’ll want to do the same for your readers.

For practice, consider how you feel today. Describe it.

Next, consider why you feel the way you do today and explain that .


Can you see how explaining “why” helps the reader develop a clearer understanding?

Find a story in the news that explains why something is happening. Explain how knowing why helps you to better understand the story. When you have finished reading, write a question telling one more thing you’d like to know about the topic.








Common Core Standard: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate
to task, purpose, and audience



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