Going From Chronological to Inverted Pyramid:
The 5Ws and How in News Stories
DIRECTIONS: Please read over this news story. Then, re-write it to follow the modern inverted pyramid format. Be sure to
This story appeared in The New York Times (April 17, 1865)
April 15, .
The President continues insensible and is sinking. Secretary Seward remains without change.
Frederick Seward’s skull is fractured in two places, besides a severe cut upon the head. The attendant is still alive, but helpless. MAJ. EDWARDS wound is not dangerous.
is now ascertained with reasonable certainty that two assassins were engaged in
the horrible crime, WILKES BOOTH being the one that shot the President, and the
other, a companion of his, whose name is not known, but whose description is so
clear that he can hardly escape. It appears from a letter found in Booth’s trunk that the murder was
planned before the 4th of March, but fell through then because the
accomplice backed out until “
of them has evidently made his way to
Before you re-write, ask yourself: