Subject: Media Writing
1. Topic-
Identifying Ledes
2. Content-
This lesson is to teach the students how to identify and eventually create the different types of ledes they may encounter when reading.
3. Goals: Aims/Outcomes-
1. Properly educate students about the main types of ledes.
4. Objectives-
1.Basic News Lede- most common lede in news stories. This lede combines the most important of the 5 w's into one sentence.
2.Anecdotal lede- Used for a story that develops slower than a news story. It is a mini-story that sort of mirrors the larger topic in the story.
3.Scene-setter lede-Usually used for long feature stories, and uses many descriptive words to try and set the scene to try and bring the reader into the story.
4.Blind lede-This is used to tease the reader by withholding information on the story to intrigue the reader, only to drop the key information on them later.
5.Direct address lede-Used in a story to speak directly to the reader by using second person voice.
5. Materials and Aids-
Show class powerpoint containing different examples of writings using the various types of ledes. Also a handout, describing each type of lede
6. Procedures/Methods-

A. Introduction-

1. Have students read a select few introductory paragraphs, and describe what about the intro caught their attention.

B. Development-

PowerPoint will break down each listed lede, and describe the criteria for each.

C. Practice-

Example questions in slideshow to test students knowledge on what they just learned.

D. Independent Practice-

Worksheet on back of handout describing ledes.

E. Closure-

Assign students to choose a lede of their preference, and write their own lede for a made up event.
7. Evaluation-
1. Read students' own ledes and evaluate to determine whether student has retained the information from class and was able to produce their own effective lede.

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