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Spotlight on Strategies:Reporter's notebook

This strategy helps students separate facts and events from thoughts and feelings.

Big idea

When analysing a situation, it is sometimes difficult to separate facts from thoughts and feelings. Reporter’s notebook is a strategy that will teach students to use explicit evidence to separate fact from feeling. This strategy works well in the midst of an investigation or when all evidence is not yet apparent.

Overview of strategy

  • Ages:Primary & Secondary
  • Media type used:Video, Audio & Text
  • Preparation time:Low
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video clip or article, paper, pens and pencils

  1. Choose a video clip or article.
  2. Ask the students to watch a section of the video clip or read the article.
  3. Ask students to write down the facts and feelings they heard or read. (Use the attached grid or ask the students to create their own)
  4. Ask a student to state a fact they have heard in the video clip or read in the article.
  5. Ask the class if it is a clear fact or if they need more information.
  6. Repeat this process until students have stated all the facts.
  7. Ask a student to state a thought or feeling they have heard in the video clip or read in the article.
  8. Ask the class if this is a clear thought or if they need more information.
  9. Continue until students have shared all their thoughts or feelings.
  10. Encourage students to discuss the facts from the video or article and separate them from their own thoughts.
  11. Finally, ask the students to make an informed judgement about the video or article.
Sum it up

This strategy helps students to use their judgement to determine facts and separate them from feelings.

More ideas
  • Use this strategy when considering real or imaginary moral dilemmas.
  • Separate fact from feeling after reading a chapter in a book.
  • Analyse history using this strategy to clarify facts and discuss feelings.
  • Try '3 truths and 1 lie' to further your student’s learning on finding evidence to substantiate the facts.

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