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Create a word train

Can you find the words that link the first carriage to the last? The first one has been done for you. Apple cart, cart horse.


Can you use the extra words to create your own word trains?

(You can write in the boxes!)

Key Stage 3           Wordswork!


There are two types of newspaper - broadsheet and tabloid - and they appeal to very different types of readers. When your teacher asks you to do a front page or an article for a newspaper you will need to consider which type you will write as they are very different in look and the language they use.

• large pages;
• long serious in-depth articles about politics or world events;
• wide vocabulary, including jargon and technical language. The language they use is usually formal;
• assume that their reader already knows lot about the topic;
• headlines are usually factual.

• small pages – usually half the size of broadsheets;
• short articles which aren’t very detailed. The stories are often about famous people. Tabloids are thought of as less serious than other newspapers;
• small vocabulary and often use slang;
• assume that their reader knows nothing about the topic;
• large photographs or illustrations;
• headlines are usually dramatic and eye-catching. They are often alliterative.

Are these tabloid or broadsheet headlines?

1. “Super Smashing Summer Schools”
2. “N.E. Lincs begin their Summer Schools today”
3. “Shopper Wins Goodies!”
4. “Man wins £100 of shopping vouchers in competition”

Answers = broadsheet = 2, 4.
tabloid = 1, 3.

Write two headlines for these fairy stories one broadsheet and one tabloid.
E.g. “Prince to marry girl he met at ball.” = broadsheet
“Cinders meets man of dreams!” = tabloid

Little Red Riding Hood
Sleeping Beauty
The Three Little Pigs

Can you do a broadsheet and a tabloid headline for them from different character’s points of view?

E.g. The Three Little Pigs
Pigs’ view = “Houses in disrepair after wolf attack” = broadsheet
Pigs’ view = “Our Tragic Tail!” = tabloid
Wolf’s view = “Wolf faces charges of criminal damage” = broadsheet
Wolf’s view = “Huff and puff is a load of hot air!” = tabloid

Teacher notes – This activity will deliver English Framework READING 8 “Analyse how media texts influence and are influenced by readers.”

Wordswork was from North East Lincolnshire's Literacy Team


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