Developing writing skills



There are several basic steps you will need to accomplish.

1. First, choose one of the Explore More topics and look through the Web site to get familiar with the topic of your choice.

2. Investigate the sub-topics of your chosen topic. What interests you? environment? people? medicine? laws?business?

3. Pick an issue that interests you. Remember, an issue is one of those burning questions that really get people thinking about your topic.

4. Remember to think about your audience. Your audience will be the readers of the Explore More News. Ask yourself: Who is my audience? What do they need to know? Why should they care?Are they students? Adults?

5. Follow the instructions for one of the three articles (below).

6. Write your articles and have fun!

Explore More News Assignments (choose one)

General News Article:

1. Choose a topic–selectone of the Explore More Web sites for your research.

2. Investigate the topicand sub-topics involved.

3. What general facts, information, statistics do you find? What are some of the major concerns about this topic?

4. Write an article thatwould explain the topic to readers.

Human Interest Article

1. Stakeholders are people who have something to lose or gain. When you think about your stakeholders, ask yourself why they care about your topic. They might have social, economic, political, religious, personal, or cultural reasons for feeling as they do. Find out about these people and how they feel. Look for people who have different opinions and views on your topic. What are your stakeholders' viewpoints? Why do they have these viewpoints? Make sure to look in the Viewpoints sections for video clips and transcripts. Research other sources for different viewpoints. (The other Web links are a great place to start.)

2. Find a stakeholder with an interesting viewpoint. Find out the background of the stakeholder and the "why" behind the viewpoint.

3. Write an article that explains the stakeholder’s situation and viewpoint in a fair and unbiased manner. Use quotes, facts, examples, and statistics where needed.

Issue Article

1. Skim through the Website to find the issues that interest you.

2. Take notes on issuesthat you find during your pre-research.

3. Do not limit yourself to what you see listed as an "issue." Choose something that interests you.

4. Write your issue as aquestion and then define your issue by explaining what it is to the reader.

5. Write an article that reports your issue. Find out the what, who, when, where, why and how of it. Explain what the issue is, who is involved with this issue, why this is an issue, and why people should be interested in this issue (what causes people to have an opinion).

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