This is the second in a series of posts in helping your students become journalists in your classroom. Our first post can be found here: Introduction to Newspapers. The focus of this post is on conducting interviews. A part of creating a newspaper is interviewing experts to help in the writing of articles. The resources we created below are designed to help your students practice conducting interviews.
We believe that a part of the discussion when introducing interviews should be the behavior of the reporter. It is important to emphasize that journalists should by professional. Students might need to explore what this word means. You might put the word professional in the middle of a piece of chart paper and create a web with what students believe the word means. Or, use our word bubble for students to create webs in small groups. Word Bubble
Interview Word Wall A word wall that contains words your young writers might need help spelling as they plan their interviews.
Introduction to Interviewing: Interview a Friend This is a simple interview page that students can use to conduct an interview with a friend. Before setting them loose, it is important to help students understand that interviews involve one person asking a question and the other answering. For this reason, they should ask each question in a complete sentence. Also encourage interviewees to respond in a complete sentence. Included with this file is a lined page where students can practice turning their interview into a paragraph about their friend.
Planning an Interview This organizer will help students focus on their subject. There is a page for students to plan their questions and room for them to record the answers. Also included is a blank page for writing about the person if desired.