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Feature Article Writing

M R S . F L A N N I G A N

G R A D E 6 E L A

H U D S O N B E N D M I D D L E S C H O O L

What is a Feature Article?

Creative

Deals with real events, issues, and trends

Unlike news articles, it places emphasis on the people involved rather than on the facts

Written to a specific audience

Author sometimes writes to persuade readers to adopt his opinion on the topic

It is organized in columns with headings, subheadings, bullets, and text features

Some Feature Article Types

Human Interest

Personality

The “Best”

How to (skill or product)

Past Events

Informational

There are many others

Human Interest Feature

Most common type of feature article

Reports success in spite of great odds

Recalls a tragic predicament

Shares a continuing struggle supported only by work, family, community, hope, etc.

Example

The “Best”: Feature Articles

Personal experience with the product

Proof, along with examples, that this is the best of its kind

Where to get the product

Cost of the product

Catchy title

Example

Past Events Feature

Might focus on a historical event

Might focus on a historical celebration

Stems from library research and serves as a human interest history lesson

Example

The Personality Feature

Is a character sketch

Usually shows how a person gained recognition

The main character may be known or unknown but has done something of interest to others

Example

The Informational Feature

Insightful coverage of topic

Detailed information focused on one aspect of a given topic

Makes personal connection to the topic and shows

“voice”

Often refers to research sources

Example

The How-To Feature

Analyzes a process

Gives detailed steps

Written from viewpoint of informed writer to less informed reader

Example

Where to begin…?

Identify Topic and Audience: Who is going to read this?

Gather information: internet, books, encyclopedias, newspapers, etc.

Decide what your audience would want to know about.

Choose the facts you will use to support that information. Record everything on your notecards!

Where to begin: Prewriting!

Start with an effective lead

Engage the reader

Include facts to support information (2-3 paragraphs)

End with an effective conclusion

Decide how to organize your writing and where to include your text features

Decide what your headings, subheadings, and font will look like.

Think of it as a three act play!

The first act is the introduction, in which you will introduce the subject while capturing the reader's interest.

The second act of feature writing is the body, which provides the information in an interesting, logical manner. This is where you'll often see quotes.

The last act of your feature is the conclusion, in which you pull everything together.

Identify Topic and Audience

Choose topic

Why?

Who would want to read this article?

Who is the primary audience?

Short clip about Writing a Feature Article down to the very bottom of the page)

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Analyze the audience

Does the audience know anything about this topic?

What does the audience need to learn after reading the article?

Gather Information (Research)

Legitimate web sources

Look for .edu, .org, etc.

Library Database!

Encyclopedias

Books

Newspapers

Magazines

Start with an Effective Lead

Dialogue

Scene

Startling argument

Contrast

Generalization

Question

Detail

Quote

What if

Effect

Engage the Reader

Anecdotes

Vignettes

Foreshadowing

Descriptions

Flashbacks

Tables

Comparisons

Sketches

Examples

Charts

Riddles

Snapshots

Pictures

Graphs

Quotes

Reasons/ facts

HEADINGS

Subheadings

FONTS

Italics

BOLD print

Bullets

COLOR

Be Creative with Text

Prewriting

How to organize the Feature Article

Write an Effective Conclusion

Replay the lead

End at the ending

Restate the purpose

Quote

Anecdote

Summary

Editorial comment

Design in Pages

Organize the information for effect – NO CLUTTER

Check rubric for requirements

Use headlines

Subheadings

Bullets

Bold print, italics

Vary fonts

Use charts, illustrations graphics

Document Sources

Include citations at the end of the feature article

This can take the form of a sidebar with links, if appropriate

Use “BibMe” for help setting up sources

MLA style

Type up your article

Prewrite, draft, revise, edit

Use spell check

Use grammar check

Keep list of sources, photos, graphs, etc. for inclusion in the final design

Works Cited

Use the BibMe website for help

Use the MLA style

Sources must be listed …

Works Cited

This Power Point is adapted from another

PowerPoint:

An Article By any Other Name: The Low-Down on

Feature Articles by Amy Flanagan, Media specialist at the John Hardin High School Library Media

Center http::www.meade.k12.ky.us/teachers/lhawk/

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