ENG 2D: Writing an Article

Bad Parenting II, via Flickr by Keeping It Real
Bad Parenting II, via Flickr by Keeping It Real

Big and Little by Joel Dinda,   via Flickr.
Big and Little by Joel Dinda, via Flickr.

Teenagers via Flickr, by Pierre Metivier
Teenagers via Flickr, by Pierre Metivier

Today, I am sick. Ideally, you should continue working on either your short story or your Becoming a Better Communicator task; unfortunately, I have your short stories, and the next step of the Communicator task requires my presence. Thus, we will work on news articles today. Writing a news article is a significant part of the OSSLT (the test takes place the week after March break); hopefully, today’s activities are a reasonable compromise.

You will write two articles today. Each article will be inspired by one of the pictures above; Your ideas need to connect to the picture, but they don’t have to match it perfectly. For example, you aren’t required to know that the first picture is from COMIC-CON, and features a man dressed up as Uruk-hai from the Lord of the Rings; instead, generate your own ideas that make sense for the image. Since the OSSLT requires you to write a news article based on a single image, this is good practice.
The First Paragraph

  • Your first sentence needs to answer the who, what, when, where (and possibly how/why). Look at the picture for inspiration: who is in it?  Where was it taken?
  • Your second sentence should elaborate on the first (usually, it addresses the how/why)
The Second Paragraph (one of the following)
  • make direct connections to the events in the picture (good prep for the OSSLT; what is happening in the picture?)
  • explain the story in more detail
  • explain the series of events that led directly to the story

The Third Paragraph

  • “interview” someone connected to the story, and use a direct quotation from the interview. Focus on the person’s thoughts/feelings about the event. (Note: because reporters cannot add their own opinion, the use of quotations is the only way to bring opinion into your article)

The Fourth Paragraph (choose one of the following)

  • explain the series of events in the past that made this story possible
  • explain a connection to a previous events that are similar to this one. (example: “This is the third protest rally in Toronto this year. The first was…)

The Fifth Paragraph (choose one of the following)

  • explain the long-term consequences of this event
  • explain the next step in the process (example: Authorities in Toronto are meeting this week to discuss the increase in student protests).
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