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Feature and literary writing

  1. 1. Feature<br />writing<br />Mrs. Draizelle Cruz - Sexon<br />
  2. 2. Question no. 1<br />What is a feature story?<br />
  3. 3. <ul><li>It is an essay based on facts.
  4. 4. It is a human interest story that speak of people, places and situations.</li></li></ul><li>Question no. 2<br />How does a feature story differ from a news story?<br />
  5. 5. It does not follow the inverted pyramid style.<br />X<br />
  6. 6. It may be of any length.<br />
  7. 7. It may or may not be timely.<br />
  8. 8. It uses specific nouns, adjectives and verbs to create vivid images, sound and feeling for the readers.<br />
  9. 9. It can be opinionated.<br />
  10. 10. It can be flashy and informal.<br />
  11. 11. It uses the hour glass structure.<br />
  12. 12. Question no. 3<br />WHY DO WE HAVE TO WRITE FEATURES?<br />
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  14. 14. Question no. 4<br />What are the types of feature stories?<br />
  15. 15. 1. News behind the news stories<br />An in-depth look at the stories behind a current news<br />PASIG CITY WELCOMES NEW BISHOP<br />A LOOK INTO THE LIFE OF BISHOP MYLO VERGARA<br />
  16. 16. 2. Personality Sketch / Profiles<br />Also called a character sketch<br />THE MIRACLE IN THE FACE OF A BOY<br />
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  18. 18. 3. Science and Technology Stories<br />Concentrate on the latest advancement in science and technology with the aim of informing the readers and arousing their interests<br />HOW TO DO COMPUTER ANIMATION<br />
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  20. 20. 4. Human Appeal Stories<br />Also called “concerned stories”<br />Highlight the dramatic condition and experiences of certain groups of people<br />BROKEN BY A BROKEN FAMILY<br />
  21. 21. 5. Historical and Cultural Features<br />Provide readers a sense of identity<br />PCC: 99 YEARS AGO<br />
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  23. 23. 6. How-to and what-to-do features<br />Provide knowledge about a process or an activity<br />A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE IN IMPROVING YOUR GRADES<br />
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  25. 25. 7. Life style Features<br />Changing fashion trends and lifestyles make an interesting reading.<br />HOW TO SELECT DRESSES FOR APPROPRIATE OCCASIONS<br />
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  27. 27. 8. Entertainment features<br />Main goal is to entertain and give relief to people<br />THE HIGHEST PAID HOLLYWOOD ACTORS AND ACTRESSES<br />
  28. 28. 10. Seasonal Themes<br />Magnify the significance and relevance of holidays, anniversaries and special events<br />HOW IS CHRISTMAS WITHOUT THE SNOW?<br />
  29. 29. 9. Hobby Features<br />Interest the readers that are into exceptional hobbies<br />THE BEAUTY OF READING<br />
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  31. 31. 11. Travel Features<br />Highlight the beauty of interacting with people and places<br />THE HIDDEN CAVES AND BEACHES OF PALAWAN<br />
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  33. 33. 12. Insider Features<br />Sensitive in nature and are accomplished using in-depth, investigative journalism<br />CORRUPTION STRATEGIES OF PUBLIC OFFICIALS REVEALED<br />
  34. 34. Question no. 5<br />How do we choose the theme?<br />
  35. 35. Has the story been done before? <br />Is the story of interest to the audience? <br />Does the story have holding power (emotional appeal)? <br />What makes the story worthy of being reported? <br />The theme answers the question, "So what?" <br />
  36. 36. Question no. 6<br />WHAT ARE THE WAYS TO INTRODUCE A FEATURE STORY?<br />
  37. 37. Rhetorical question<br />Who says school is only for the young?<br />
  38. 38. Startling statement<br />“Hindi pa kamilaos!”<br />
  39. 39. Narrative opening<br />Everyday, Mrs. Adelfa Prado divide her time as half-time tindera tending her sari-sari store during the day and as half-time student studying at night.<br />
  40. 40. Quoted remarks<br />“I earn while I learn.”<br />
  41. 41. An old maxim, an aphorism, or a salawikain<br />Rain, rain go away, come again another day…<br />
  42. 42. History or background of the subject<br />In 1913, the Belgian missionaries came and started a catholic school in the heart of Pasig.<br />
  43. 43. Problems to be discussed and the article or fact to be established<br />There is an answer to the rising cost of vegetables: raise your own.<br />
  44. 44. Question no. 7<br />How can we end a feature story?<br />
  45. 45. A summary of the whole article<br />An announcement of the main point for the first time<br />A question left in the reader’s mind<br />Suggested results or significance<br />A forecast or prophecy<br />A repetition of the introduction<br />A repetition of a sentence or slogan, or a reference to the title<br />An appropriate quotation<br />
  46. 46. Question no. 8<br />How can you be a good feature writer?<br />
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  48. 48. Know how to look for features from beneath the surface of everyday event.<br />Investigate every angle before starting to write in order to get the story behind the story.<br />Be a keen observer.<br />Have various interests.<br />Be able to write features interestingly.<br />
  49. 49. Question no. 9<br />What are some tips to enhance good feature writing?<br />
  50. 50. The tone of your piece is vital. Sprinkling some rhymes will make the feature more readable. But be aware not to overdo it, or your write-up will end up as a poem.<br />
  51. 51. Using figures of speech is an effective tool in enhancing your feature writing. Make use of them frequently.<br />
  52. 52. If unfamiliar or too uncommon words are inevitable, make sure to inject context clues for your reader’s better comprehension.<br />
  53. 53. If using elementary words can not be avoided, use it with purpose — to avoid redundancy, or merely stating/describing a simple idea.<br />
  54. 54. LITERARY<br />WRITING<br />
  55. 55. For some, it is a joy; something that is done for the sheer pleasure of putting beautiful words to paper.<br />POETRY WRITING<br />
  56. 56. ELEMENTS OF POETRY<br />
  57. 57. considers diction, vocabulary and level (whether simple or connotative)<br />LANGUAGE<br />
  58. 58. Tone --- poet’s way of looking at his subject<br />
  59. 59. Imagery --- total sensory suggestion of poetry<br />
  60. 60. Sound and Rhythms --- kind of foot patterns in each line<br />
  61. 61. Thought or meaning --- “How does a poem mean?”<br />
  62. 62. use of a word or words diverging from its usual meaning. It can also be a special repetition, arrangement or omission of words with literal meaning, or a phrase with a specialized meaning not based on the literal meaning of the words in it <br />
  63. 63. FIGURES<br />OF<br />SPEECH<br />
  64. 64. the substitution of a word for a word whose meaning is close to the original word<br />
  65. 65. SYNECDOCHE<br />substitution of part for whole, genus for species, or vice versa<br />
  66. 66. IRONY<br />expressing a meaning directly contrary to that suggested by the words<br />
  67. 67. LITOTES<br />deliberate understate-mentor denial of the contrary<br />
  68. 68. exaggerated or extravagant statement used to make a strong impression, but not intended to be taken literally<br />
  69. 69. CHIASMUS<br />reversal of grammatical structures or ideas in successive phrases or clauses, which do not necessarily involve a repetition of words<br />EXAMPLE:<br />But O, what damned minutes tells he o'er/ Who dotes, yet doubts; suspects, yet strongly loves.---Othello, 3.3.169<br />
  70. 70. APOSTROPHE<br />a diversion of discourse from the topic at hand to addressing some person or thing, either present or absent<br />
  71. 71. ALLITERATION<br />The repetition of an initial consonant sound<br />EXAMPLE:<br />"a peck of pickled <br />peppers<br />
  72. 72. SIMILE<br />A stated comparison (usually formed with "like" or "as") between two fundamentally dissimilar things that have certain qualities in common.<br />
  73. 73. ONOMATOPOEIA<br />The use of words that imitate the sounds associated with the objects or actions they refer to.<br />EXAMPLE:<br />"I'm getting married in the morning!Ding dong! the bells are gonna chime."(Lerner and Loewe,<br />"Get Me to the Church<br />on Time," My Fair Lady)<br />
  74. 74. A figureofspeech (generally considered a type of metaphor) in which an inanimate object or abstraction is given human qualities or abilities.<br />
  75. 75. Thank you for listening!<br />

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