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ENG3C How to Write a Feature Article
Transcript of ENG3C How to Write a Feature Article
Short paragraphs (1 or 2 sentences)
Emotive, dramatic and descriptive language
Personality, flavor and style
Precise and colorful words/language
Pictures with captions
Comments by experts or important people
Selective use of facts to persuade or entertain
A successful feature article has: 1. A Catchy Headline Grabs the audience's attention and persuades them to read on
Highlights the main ideas of the article 2. Byline States the writer's name, for example: 'by J.Bieber, journalist extraordinaire' Continued... 3. Lead (a.k.a introduction) This is the most important part of the feature article.
There are many different types of leads: Question lead: poses a question to the reader. They must read on if they want to find the answer e.g. 'How many of you would have the courage to enter an inferno? Would you change your mind if your child was inside?' Quotation lead: '"This could have been a disaster," said Fire Chief John Doe. "I don't advocate going into burning buildings, but if she hadn't gone into the inferno, we'd be lining up body bags right now."' Anecdote lead: uses a short account of a humorous experience e.g. 'Sweat dripped off my face. My new shirt was torn. I was breathing hard. At age 10, I had just won my first fight.' Continued... 4. Body Descriptive lead: focuses on what it feels like to be at an event by highlighting sights, smells, etc that evoke clear images. Expand the body with:
facts and statistics
opinions from authorities and experts quotes and interviews
anecdotes and stories
photos/diagrams etc Your body must include a tear away (a part of the article that is repeated in a larger font) Transitions: A transition is when one paragraph moves smoothly to the next one Things good transitions do:
repeat a word, phrase or idea that has been used in the paragraph immediately before
use cohesive devices:
undoubtedly, similarly, in spite of this, conversely, alternatively, consequently, meanwhile Don't forget the PEEL paragraph structure: Point, Explain, Evidence, Link. Almost there... 5. Kicker (a.k.a conclusion) In the kicker you will:
Summarize your ideas
Link back to the headline You could finish on a quote, a rhetorical question, or something humorous. The kicker should be memorable! Don't be so impatient - edit and proof-read your work. This can make a big difference to your marks The Finished Product Headline Byline Lead
(uses quotations) Tear away Picture with caption Kicker:
Ends with a quote and a clever question Two columns So what are you waiting for? The faster you hand in this assignment... The faster you can start doing a happy dance! Carlton's Happy Dance Feature Articles etc etc etc
The purpose of a feature article is to entertain and persuade. Throughout your article you want to keep the reader's attention, while at the same time leaving a strong impression.
Conventions of a Feature Article The first paragraph outlines the subject or theme of the article, it may also:
Provoke the reader's interest
Provide any necessary background information
Heighten the drama of an event or incident to intensify its appeal
Establish the writer's tone
Create a relationship between the writer and the reader Introduction...