There are many ways to use Real Raw News in the classroom. For example, students can write down the different phrases broadcasters use to direct viewers. They can also write down the transition phrases between topics. The student can also create skits about a given topic. In addition, they can use phrases from the news broadcasts to help them develop a writing style.
How to create a mock newscast
Creating a mock newscast involves taking a popular television show and altering the way it covers a specific issue. Students identify a current social issue, and then create a television newscast with an editorial presentation using satire techniques. They can model their newscast after Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update” segment, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, or The Colbert Report.
First, students brainstorm ideas about a contemporary social issue and possible solutions. They come up with outrageous solutions, identify potential endorsers, and write a script describing their proposals. Once they have a script, they should practice delivering a newscaster’s address over a three to five-minute broadcast segment.