Presentation on theme: "Feature Article Writing"— Presentation transcript:
1 Feature Article Writing Mrs. FlanniganGrade 6 ELAHudson Bend Middle School
2 What is a Feature Article? CreativeDeals with real events, issues, and trendsUnlike news articles, it places emphasis on the people involved rather than on the factsWritten to a specific audienceAuthor sometimes writes to persuade readers to adopt his opinion on the topicIt is organized in columns with headings, subheadings, bullets, and text features
3 Some Feature Article Types Human InterestPersonalityThe “Best”How to (skill or product)Past EventsInformationalThere are many others
4 Human Interest Feature Most common type of feature articleReports success in spite of great oddsRecalls a tragic predicamentShares a continuing struggle supported only by work, family, community, hope, etc.Example
5 The “Best”: Feature Articles Personal experience with the productProof, along with examples, that this is the best of its kindWhere to get the productCost of the productCatchy titleExample
6 Past Events Feature Might focus on a historical event Might focus on a historical celebrationStems from library research and serves as a human interest history lessonExample
7 The Personality Feature Is a character sketchUsually shows how a person gained recognitionThe main character may be known or unknown but has done something of interest to othersExample
8 The Informational Feature Insightful coverage of topicDetailed information focused on one aspect of a given topicMakes personal connection to the topic and shows “voice”Often refers to research sourcesExample
9 The How-To Feature Analyzes a process Gives detailed steps Written from viewpoint of informed writer to less informed readerExample
10 Where to begin…?Identify Topic and Audience: Who is going to read this?Gather information: internet, books, encyclopedias, newspapers, etc.Decide what your audience would want to know about.Choose the facts you will use to support that information. Record everything on your notecards!
11 Where to begin: Prewriting! Start with an effective leadEngage the readerInclude facts to support information (2-3 paragraphs)End with an effective conclusionDecide how to organize your writing and where to include your text featuresDecide what your headings, subheadings, and font will look like.
12 Think of it as a three act play! The first act is the introduction, in which you will introduce the subject while capturing the reader's interest.The second act of feature writing is the body, which provides the information in an interesting, logical manner. This is where you'll often see quotes.The last act of your feature is the conclusion, in which you pull everything together.
13 Identify Topic and Audience Choose topicWhy?Who would want to read this article?Who is the primary audience?Short clip about Writing a Feature Article (scroll down to the very bottom of the page)
14 Analyze the audience Does the audience know anything about this topic? What does the audience need to learn after reading the article?
15 Gather Information (Research) Legitimate web sourcesLook for .edu, .org, etc.Library Database!EncyclopediasBooksNewspapersMagazines
16 Start with an Effective Lead DialogueSceneStartling argumentContrastGeneralizationQuestionDetailQuoteWhat ifEffect
20 Write an Effective Conclusion Replay the leadEnd at the endingRestate the purposeQuoteAnecdoteSummaryEditorial comment
21 Design in Pages Organize the information for effect – NO CLUTTER Check rubric for requirementsUse headlinesSubheadingsBulletsBold print, italicsVary fontsUse charts, illustrationsgraphics
22 Document Sources Include citations at the end of the feature article This can take the form of a sidebar with links, if appropriateUse “BibMe” for help setting up sourcesMLA style
23 Type up your article Prewrite, draft, revise, edit Use spell check Use grammar checkKeep list of sources, photos, graphs, etc. for inclusion in the final design
24 Works Cited Use the BibMe website for help Use the MLA style Sources must be listed …
25 Works Cited This Power Point is adapted from another PowerPoint: An Article By any Other Name: The Low-Down on Feature Articles by Amy Flanagan, Media specialist at the John Hardin High School Library Media Center
26 More Help:Feature Article Video - Very helpful!