An article is usually based on a discussion, a description or a narrative (or it may involve a combination of more than one of these)
An article should catch the reader’s attention and make him or her want to read on. Think about the age group you are writing for and ask yourself how much they might know about the subject and how you can make it interesting for them. With a light-hearted (enjoyable, not too serious) topic, humour is often helpful. You can also make your article more lively and readable by:
· Addressing your readers directly
Did you know…?
What would you do if …?
· Using a personal approach
Personally, I can’t imagine anything worse!
· Giving specific examples and quotations
As Mrs X explained, ….. According to …
· Give your article a heading or headline which makes the subject clear and also catches the reader’s attention.
· Divide the article into paragraphs to help the reader follow the argument.
· Begin with an interesting introduction – an example, perhaps, or a question.
· End with an overall comment or concluding remark.
Use your imagination to make the headline catch the reader’s attention. Here are some of the ways writers do this in this book:
· A dramatic word or phrase:
· A summary of the story:
My Lone Walk to the North Pole.
Rescue from the rapids
· A question:
What’s the big idea?
Just a normal day?
· A surprising fact:
Seven banks a day are robbed in LA.
You’re already well equipped to prevent crime.
You have been asked to write an article describing your experience of an unusual type of holiday for a students’ magazine.
FANCY A DOWN-TO EARTH HOLIDAY?
Are you fed up with lazing on the beach? Do you want to do something a little different this year? Well, there are now quite a number of educational holidays available and I decided to try one of these out.
I’d always been interested in history so when I saw an advertisement for a week’s break which included training in archaeology, it seemed ideal.
There were eight of us in the group, including a retired school teacher, two American college students and an out-of-work actor. Accommodation was simple but comfortable and the food was all home-cooked and delicious.
After some basic training, we were allowed to take part in a dig at a nearby archaeological site. It was a fascinating process and the high spot for me was finding a tiny piece of pottery which was later identified as Roman – ‘Beginner’s luck’, according to the teacher!