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HOW TO WRITE AN INFORMAL ARTICLE         © Anna Morales Puigcerver 2013
What is an informal article?• An article is a piece of writing usually intended for publication  in a news paper, magazine...
What is an informal article?• An introduction which clearly defines the topic to  be covered and keeps the reader’s attent...
What is an informal article?Remember:Before you begin writing it is important to consider :• Where is the article going to...
What is an informal article?Remember:• Determine the information you are going to use and  organize your ideas carefully i...
What is an informal article?Useful phrases for writing an article• Rhetorical phrases:• Have you ever ........?• What do y...
What is an informal article?Useful phrases for writing an article•   Introducing your first point:•   Firstly•   In the fi...
What is an informal article?Useful phrases for writing an article•   Introducing more points:•   Secondly•   Another consi...
What is an informal article?Useful phrases for writing an article•   Introducing your final points:•   In conclusion•   To...
What is an informal article?Useful phrases for writing an article•   Introducing your opinion:•   I think•   In my opinion...
What is an informal article?Sample Have you ever wondered why some people are always late? That’s something I often ask my...
What is an informal article?Sample Have you ever wondered why some people are always late? …/… However, help is at hand. I...
What is an informal article?  Choose one of the following topics and write an  informal article around 150-180 words :• Ho...
What is an informal article?Bibliography:• http://www.onestopenglish.com/community/lesso  n-share/pdf-content/exams/exams-...
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How to write an informal article

  1. 1. HOW TO WRITE AN INFORMAL ARTICLE © Anna Morales Puigcerver 2013
  2. 2. What is an informal article?• An article is a piece of writing usually intended for publication in a news paper, magazine or journal.• Is written for a wide audience, so it is essential to attract and retain the reader’s attention.• May include amusing stories, reported speech and descriptions.• Can be formal or informal.• Should be written in an interesting or entertaining manner• Should give opinions and thoughts, as well as facts.
  3. 3. What is an informal article?• An introduction which clearly defines the topic to be covered and keeps the reader’s attention.• The main body of two to five parapgraphs in which the topic is further developed in detail.• The conclusion – summarising the topic or a final opinion, recommendation or comment.
  4. 4. What is an informal article?Remember:Before you begin writing it is important to consider :• Where is the article going to appear – in a newspaper or magazine?• Who are the intended readers – a specific group such as students orteenagers, or adults in general?• What is the aim of the article – to advise, suggest, inform, compare and contrast, describe, etc.?
  5. 5. What is an informal article?Remember:• Determine the information you are going to use and organize your ideas carefully into paragraphs. Each paragraph should have a clear topic sentence.• Use vocabulary and descriptive language appropriate for the article. Linking words and expressions.• DO NOT use over-personal or over-emotional language or simplistic vocabulary.
  6. 6. What is an informal article?Useful phrases for writing an article• Rhetorical phrases:• Have you ever ........?• What do you think about ........?• Are you one of those people who thinks that ......?• Are you one of those people who .......?• What would life be like if ......?• Will the future bring us ..... ?
  7. 7. What is an informal article?Useful phrases for writing an article• Introducing your first point:• Firstly• In the first place• First of all• The first thing to consider is• One thing to consider is• To begin with
  8. 8. What is an informal article?Useful phrases for writing an article• Introducing more points:• Secondly• Another consideration• Yet another consideration• Another thing to consider is• Added to that• Apart from that• In addition to this
  9. 9. What is an informal article?Useful phrases for writing an article• Introducing your final points:• In conclusion• To conclude• To sum up• So
  10. 10. What is an informal article?Useful phrases for writing an article• Introducing your opinion:• I think• In my opinion• Personally I believe that• In my view• If you ask me• To my mind• My personal opinion is
  11. 11. What is an informal article?Sample Have you ever wondered why some people are always late? That’s something I often ask myself. I’m always late for trains, for concerts, for weddings, for everything! I do try, honestly, but I’ve been like this all my life. People hate latecomers. If you arrive late at a meeting people think you’re lazy or disorganised or you don’t actually think much of the other people there. But that isn’t true. We time-challenged people live a life of constant anxiety and stress. I can’t begin to count the money I’ve wasted by missing planes, classes, hair appointments, not to mention the stress of continually apologising for messing up other people’s schedules. …/…
  12. 12. What is an informal article?Sample Have you ever wondered why some people are always late? …/… However, help is at hand. If you are someone who always cuts things short, here are some suggestions to help you get over from this chronic problem. First of all …
  13. 13. What is an informal article? Choose one of the following topics and write an informal article around 150-180 words :• How to Not Care What People Think• What to do when you are bored• Tips on what to do when you are stressed out
  14. 14. What is an informal article?Bibliography:• http://www.onestopenglish.com/community/lesso n-share/pdf-content/exams/exams-article-writing- cae-and-cpe-lesson-plan/147546.article• http://www.brays-ingles.com/esl-writing- sample.html

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