What is an Article?Discusses a particular subjectIs interesting for the general readerIs written for a newspaper, magazine ornewsletter
ContentAn article is usually based on a discussion, a description or a narrative (or it may involve a combination of more than one of these).
ApproachTry to catch the reader’s attention and make him want to read on.Think about who you’re writing for.Think about how much your reader already knows about the subject.
Approach (2)You can make your article more readableby: 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, ‘…….’)
General StructureGive you article a header which makes the subject clear and catches the readers 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.
HeadingsUse your imagination to catch thereader’s attention. For example.A dramatic word or phrase : Freezing!A summary of the story: My Lone Walk to the North Pole: Rescue from the RapidsA question: What’s the big idea? Just a normal day?A surprising fact: Seven banks a day are robbed in LA
‘The Beginning’When writing an article begin by briefly saying what the article is about. Tell readers what your article is going to tell them. Whet their appetite for what you will tell them, in less than 100 words.In writing articles, at the beginning, create a little suspense...Health: Water isnt only essential for our proper functioning, both, physically and mentally; its healthier than fruit juice -more than orange, grape juice.
‘The Middle’Tell what you said you were going to tell.Health: the qualities, constituents of water; why it is essential, which vitamins contain fruit, vegetable juices; how water contains all those with more.In article writing, in the middle you expand the beginning, and also justify the point to be made or emphasised in the ending.
‘The Ending’When you write articles summarize them at the end.Endings of articles are regarded as telling them what you have told them. In article writing readers expect a point to be made or emphasized in the ending.Briefly state conclusions based on the middle, and your point.Health magazine: Why not supplement health foods with water? Its free!