News Features

Grades 6, 7, and 8

News Features contain the following characteristics:

1.  They have the element of news.  They will be timely and worthy of attention when it runs.

2.  The writer will have asked him or herself, “Why would anyone else want to read about this story or this subject?”

3.  The subject of the article will be about interesting people, unique events, or unusual places.

4.  News Features differ from a straight news story in that while keeping its sentences and paragraphs concise, it develops a narrative style and also uses descriptive words and dialogue to project a picture or an emotion.  Although more creative, a news feature is not a creative writing activity, an essay, or poetry.  It must contain the element of newsworthy information.  Use only third person pronouns and action verbs.

6.  No entry is to exceed 250 words.  Staple the entry form to the submission.  Before students begin their entries, it is important that they know to use a medium-point black pen (not felt tip) or pencil dark enough to be photocopied.  Please check students’ entries before submitting to be sure they are dark enough to be photocopied for judges (Computer-generated, double-spaced text is also acceptable and preferred.)

Student Entry Form — Teacher should download and print one form per student entry.

Teacher Summary Sheet  — Print one copy, complete summary of student entries, and submit with entries.

Judges’ Rubric — This link will help guide teachers and students to submitting successful entries.