INSIDE Journalism: Composing Columns

"INSIDE Journalism: Composing Columns" provides insight and how-to information to better express one's views, using the work of columnists as models. Finding one's voice is the underlying theme of the activities. Marc Fisher, one of many voices in the columns published in The Washington Post, explains the role of a newspaper columnist, tells about his writing process and shares a column written just for KidsPost. Reproducibles help students understand how to vary ledes in their columns and essays. The Post timeline highlights the era of Katharine Graham and the beginning of the modern Washington Post -- the pressman's strike, the Pentagon Papers and Watergate. Use "You and Your Rights" section to discuss freedom of religion and tolerance. The case study's focus is Islamic dress for women. Vocabulary and resources are included.

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