Day 1 Reporting and Interviewing

Prepared by: Jami Williams, Mexico High School, Mexico, Missouri

Students will be introduced to the reporting process.


  1. PowerPoint presentation
  2. Snowball fight (no worries, it is not real snow!)
  3. Kinesthetic learning through chronology and categorization


  1. Level 1 (Basic) understanding of the reporting process


  1. Reporting and Interviewing Day 1
  2. Snowball fight Reporting and Interviewing Day 1 collateral

Steps to check for student understanding

  1. Teacher will do frequent comprehension checks in the form of Classroom Assessment Techniques (thumbs up, thumbs down; exit slip in the form of post-it note summary)


  1. Suggested bell ringer: What do you think might be the biggest challenge facing the news reporter today?
  2. Teacher will present the PowerPoint presentation, students will take notes.
  3. Teacher will present the students with the “snowballs.” Each of the snowballs are a wadded up piece of paper with the name of one of the steps of the reporting process on it.
  4. Each student will get one snowball and then they will circle up.
  5. When the teacher gives the signal, the students will throw the snowballs at each other, continuing to pick up and throw until the teacher gives the signal.
  6. Each student should have one snowball.
  7. Now, without talking, the students with the steps in the process must line themselves up in the correct order.
  8. After they have lined themselves up, the other students will then categorize themselves under the heading where their action or description best fits.
  9. The teacher may want to check for understanding by asking students to explain what each of their words mean as well as why they chose to categorize themselves under the specific part of the process.


  1. Exit slip: What are the steps of the reporting process?