Today, all interviews are due.
I circulate while kids are silent reading their magazines to check in their interviews and answer any last minute questions. I ask them to type these interviews outside of class, so some kids need to put the finishing touches on their work, some need to print... I allow some extra time for kids to get situated, because in order to be successful during today's lesson, they're really going to need as typed, hard-copy of their interview.
Now, I am ready to model the process of turning an interview into an actual article! Magic!!
First thing I do, I model scanning my interview for really important direct quotes (not my words, my interviewee). These quotes should show speaker's voice and they should come directly from my interview. I highlight them in my sample: my highlighted interview. I want to make sure I choose between four and five direct quotes.
Then, I find to my Feature Article Outline. I plug in my quotes to my outline first. I find the quotes dictate the section. I can more easily build sections around the variety of direct quotes that I choose than find quotes to match the section topics. I explain and model this process using my highlighted interview + outline.
Then I am free to create my headings and central ideas for each section. I model this entire process in chunks. First I pull quotes, pause, and allow a time for students to do the same. Then I fill in my quotes to the Feature Article Outline. Then I pause and allow students to do the same. Finally, I fill in my headings and central ideas... all the while kids are following along.
Here is a stellar student sample about a boy whose mother was in NYC during 9/11: