Topic: A Valuable W

Many news stories will answer what’s known as the 5 W questions. Those are who, what, when, where, and why.

Often, the “why” of a story tells the reader the reasons the story matters to people. And, when you write, you’ll want to do the same for your readers.

For practice, consider how you feel today. Describe it.

Next, consider why you feel the way you do today and explain that.

Can you see how explaining “why” helps the reader develop a clearer understanding?

Find a story in the news that explains why something is happening. Explain how knowing why helps you to better understand the story. When you have finished reading, write a question telling one more thing you’d like to know about the topic.

Common Core Standard: develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, and editing

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