1 Ask students what's the weirdest news story they heard recently. Student question each other about what the story is about.
2 Write a strange headline on the board (click here and here for some sites that have such stories every day). For example;
"Please don't invite us to your wedding, couple says"
3 Ask students what the story might be about.
4 Now explain that when a journalist writes a story the first paragraph has to answer five questions;
5 The students then write down their five questions, e.g. Who doesn't want to go to a wedding?"
6 They write down their own opening paragraph which answers their own questions.
7 Students check each others writing and make suggestions about how the story could be improved.
8 Give a photocopy of the original story and ask them to compare and contrast their version with the original.
"BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Fed up with spending too many weekends going to weddings, an Argentine couple took out a paid announcement on the social pages of a major newspaper expressing their desire for some social neglect."