Newspaper Articles: At-a-Glance Activity 2

Read the text and answer each question by typing your answer in the blank or clicking on your choice(s). Each fill-in-the-blank question will change to multiple choice format after one incorrect response.
The Headline
(1) Newspapers attract readers’ attention through the use of large-type headlines. These headlines are often witty or catchy. They are usually short, with articles omitted. Often, there is a smaller headline under the large headline that tells us the main idea of the story.

The Caption
(2) The caption refers to the words or sentences under a photograph. They usually tell who is in photograph, describe what is happening, and give the date the photo was taken.

The Byline and Dateline
(3) The byline 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.

The Lead
(4) The first few sentences of an article are called the lead. News writers know readers often don’t read the whole story, so they put the most important details of a news article in the lead. The lead usually answers the who, what, where and when questions. Reading the lead will often give you the subject and key details of the article.

The Body of the Article
(5) 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.