2February 27Reading timeTest tomorrow on book/Journal completed and submittedVocabology Test on WednesdayNo vocabology or new books until March 12Feature Story due March 5PresentationsFeature Story – Step One
3Purpose:Demonstrate student ability to write a human interest feature story about a person, event, place, issue or trend particular to Buchanan. The article should be creative and place emphasis on the people involved rather than on strictly the facts of the news. Research must include an interview. However, other sources may be used to support the story.
4Goal:Write a word polished version of a feature story presenting some aspect of life in Buchanan.
5Process:Interview a community member of your choice about a person, event, place, issue or trend particular to Buchanan.Do additional research or follow up to glean all the information needed to present the information.
6Types of Feature Stories Human Interest FeaturePersonality FeatureMost common feature articleTypically reports on someone’s success in spite of oddsMay recall a tough predicament - with positive outcomeShare struggle supported by communityFamous or not so famous – has done something interestingShows how a person gained recognition in the communityPersonality feature similar to a character sketch
7Types of Feature Stories News FeatureHow-to FeatureBrings human-interest focus to newsAdds personal involvement to what may seem to be otherwise distant or unimportantExplains how to do something-often complex process most people do not know how to doTells the reader why it is important or beneficial for him or her to know how to do thisArticle includes list of materials to complete the process
8Types of Feature Stories Past Events FeatureInformational FeatureFocus on historical event or historical celebrationArticle typically includes research but NOT encyclopedia reporting.Puts a human face on history.Let’s the reader know something about the people who were part of historyShows insightful coverage of a topicGives detailed information focused on one aspect of a given topicMakes a personal connection to the subject and the writer
9Steps in the Process-use form Use the step one planning sheet.List of possible topicsSelect best ideaTell whyList what audience knowsPredict what audience needs to knowState the purpose of the article
10Hand in at the beginning of the hour – next class session. Step One DueHand in at the beginning of the hour – next class session.
12Look in Google Docs: FEATURE ARTICLE ORGANIZER STEP TWO Page 3 in Packet Please
13Look over the planning document Clearly state the purpose of your articleDoing this keeps you focused on your writingIt also forces you to articulate your audienceWhy is that important?
14Step Two Think about ways you could tell the story IdeasSourcesThink about ways you could tell the storyWho, what, where, when, why and how – very helpfulIntervieweePersonal observationHistorical facts
15Step TwoVocabulary?Are there any terms/places/even ts that my be unfamiliar to the audience?Anticipate confusion
23Leads take the reader into the story It takes time to read a story. Readers do not want to invest time in a story that seems uninteresting You must grab and hook the reader with the first paragraph.
24Engaging LeadIt is important to use an engaging lead to capture the attention of the reader
25Engage the readerThere are a number of different strategies you can try to grab the reader’s attention.
26StrategiesDialogueScene with a character engaged in the activity“I didn’t see it coming. All I could do was grit my teeth and pray!”Hunched forward, on tip- toes, attentive, Ellen waited for a pitch that could make or break the state championship.
27StrategiesJuxtaposition (contrast)Startling ArgumentWhen the sleepy town of Buchanan sleeps, a ghost wakes at the little Morris chapel.When the sleepy town of Buchanan sleeps, a ghost wakes at the little Morris chapel.
28StrategiesGeneralizationIntriguing detail“Despite warmer and rainy weather, the City of Buchanan said it will have some fun in the snow this weekend! ”Crews trucked in snow in from all over the city and dumped it on the city’s busiest street. Front Street in Buchanan underwent a complete transformation.
29StrategiesAnecdoteQuotationCity of Niles firefighter Judy Schlutt did not expect to spend Valentine’s Day evening riding blindfolded around Niles.Her boyfriend, Niles Township firefighter Andy Hartman, took her out for dinner. She wore a dress and tights for the occasion.Schlutt, however, had no way of knowing she would end the night standing in 34-degree weather, in the bucket of a ladder truck, unable to see.“Because of the new cut scores they may be seeing drops in our overall test scores, but that is state wide,” Buchanan Supt. Andrea van der Laan said. “That is not just a Buchanan issue.”
30Strategies“face”More to Kate Upton than modeling. She competed nationally in the American Paint Horse Association. She won three APHA Reserve World Championships in the 13 and Under Western Riding, as well as 13 and Under Horsemanship and Western Riding.
31StrategiesWhat might have beenIn 2008, Kate Upton took part in an open casting call in Miami for Elite Model Management, where she was signed the very same day.Had she not decided to attend, who knows where she would be today.
32StrategiesEffect of causeRhetorical questionMichigan raised the cut scores for this year’s MEAP and MME tests, meaning far fewer students are scoring at what is considered a proficient level than in years past."The means are at hand to fulfill the age-old dream: poverty can be abolished. How long shall we ignore this under-developed nation in our midst? How long shall we look the other way while our fellow human beings suffer? How long" (Michael Harrington, The Other America: Poverty in the United States, 1962)
33Assignment Look at page 6 on your Feature Story Hand out Complete at least three different leads for your story.Be sure to check to avoid all forms of the verb BE (be, being, been, am, is are, was, were)
34Great Beginnings – Three Leads due You will have about 10 minutes to complete - feel free to get help from a parnter
36Sloppy Copy – Feature Assignment Use your planning notes, research, and interview notes to write your rough draft.Begin with your most powerful interview.Add details in order of importance: most important to least important. (Use 5 W’s and H notes to determine order of importance.)Edit as much as you can as you go, but do not obsess. We will be editing later.Do not exceed 400 words.
37Feature Article Reflection After you have finished your sloppy copy, complete the feature article reflection.Bring in the sloppy copy attached to the Feature Story Packet for class tomorrow (you will be given credit for having completed all phases when you come to class on Friday.)
38Analyzing a feature article-Friday March 2 Peer analysis activity
39Feature Story Analysis Take out homework packet and sloppy copyMeet with a partner who has finished his/her sloppy copy.Exchange papers with assigned partner and complete analysis sheet (page 8)You will have about 15 minutes to complete this activity.
40Pesky Be’sNow comb the paper and circle any form of the verb be that you find.ISAREAMWASWEREBEBEINGBEEN
41Use this analysis when revising Look at the questions and answersCheck any comment that you might want to think about as you work on your revision.Rework any sentences that include a form of the verb BE.
42Check email for scoring guide Use the scoring guide to complete the polished version of your feature story.We will be reading in class on Monday.
43Look over assignment specifications Work on the polished version and submit in clear plastic sleeve on MONDAY
44Bring polished version to class on Monday, March 5 Feature StoryBring polished version to class on Monday, March 5