Newspaper Articles: At-a-Glance Activity 1

Use the drop-down menus to select the best subtitle for each paragraph. Click "Check" to check your answers. The first one is done for you.

Newspapers attract readers’ attention through the use of large-type titles. These are often witty or catchy. They are usually short, with articles omitted. Often, there is a smaller headling under the large one that tells us the main idea of the story.

This refers to the words or sentences under a photograph. They usually tell who is in a photograph, describe what is happening, and give the date the photo was taken.
and Dateline
This is the name and sometimes the position of the writer of the article. It usually appears just below the headline. Sometimes a dateline is included. The dateline lists where (the city) and sometimes when the story was written. It is usually listed before the first sentence of the article.

This is usually the first few sentences of an article. News writers know readers often don’t read the whole story, so they put the most important details of a news article in the part. It usually answers the who, what, where and when questions. Reading this will often give you the subject and key details of the article.

The remaining paragraphs of a news article elaborate on the lead. They provide more details, background information and explanations, and often include quotes from people.