Feature Articles. What is a Feature Article?. An article , in general, is a written piece that is usually non-fiction and is a stand-alone part of a book, newspaper, or magazine. A FEATURE ARTICLE is a creative/specific article that deals with real events, issues, and trends.
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How - To
The News Feature
(bring them in for class use if you’d like! )
# _____ represents the ___________ type of feature article because:
#____ represents the ______________ type of feature article because:
And so on…
Your paper will look like this:
In your groups find an example of each of the 7 types of feature articles.
Number each example.
Fill out the worksheet by placing the example # of the type and defend why that example represents that type.
STAPLE ALL TOGETHER AND PLACE IN YOUR FOLDER!
You will present your articles to the class by briefly describing them and explaining why you feel they represent a certain type (each member must present at least one).
After presenting place your articles on the corresponding posters around the room.
Write 5 sentences using the following subjects that have participial phrases. Underline the participial phrase and draw an arrow to the noun or pronoun it describes.
The happy penguin
The group of students
The American flag
There are two articles in the back of the classroom. You can decide which article you choose first.
Read the article.
Take the article and fill out the vocabulary chart that is on the next slide. (Same chart for both articles).
Must have all 11 pre-selected vocabulary words in your chart, you add more as you choose.
What I think it means…: this is based on the context of the article. By looking at the words around the new vocabulary word and the meaning of the sentence, what do you think it means?
What I KNOW it means: look in the dictionary and find out FOR SURE what the word means.
Underneath your chart, write each word in a new sentence that you create now that you know the meaning.
Post It Note
(1 for each article)
1.Title of Article
2. Type of feature article
3. Reason 1 why it is that type
4. Reason 2 why it is that type.
After filling out your chart and writing your sentences. Take your first post-it note and fill it out for one of the articles.
Repeat with 2nd article
What are the themes from the documentary?
Based on those themes, what types of feature articles could you create?
Respond to the documentary by writing a 2-columned, 5-paragraph feature article. Based on what we’ve already covered and the example you have beside you do the best you can.
Use 5 of our new vocabulary from yesterday.
All Capital Letters
As we cover these text features, you will create an example as we go.
Draw a fake feature article, taking up a whole piece of paper and add each type of text feature in some way as we go along.
Headings: Title of entire feature article
Subheading: Titles for each section within the feature article.
Fonts: You can use various fonts to add style or set a certain mood/tone in your feature article.
Bullets: organizing information by separating related information.
Pictures/Drawings: Can add emotion, feeling and a personal connection for the reader. Visual representation for visual learners.
Text Boxes: allow you to add words anywhere on page
Color Ink: Adds dimensions to your feature article. Make it visually appealing.
Italics, Underlining, & Bold Font: adds to visual effect and can make certain words or portions stand out.
All Caps: adds emotion to your writing. Can make you seem very passionate, excited, or angry. Will make a word or portion really STAND OUT!!!
(each a different type of text feature)
The moon is made of blue cheese.
The lights are above the desks.
My favorite color is blue.
There should be a door on every house.
We need oxygen to survive.
JOURNAL: What do all three of these pictures have in common?
What are some attention-getting techniques?
Descriptions, interesting facts, stories, questions, or summaries
- the beginning of your feature article.
- leads the reader into a feature article.
Based on the above example write your own definition of a summary lead.
“The purchase of new school buses will strain
next year’s budget,” school board president
Kathy Barr announced at the March 18th board
Based on the above example write your own definition of a creative lead.
Not even subzero temperatures could stop progress. With a thud, bulldozers churned the icy earth, beginning work on the new performance center.
Based on the above example write your own definition of a punch lead.
Eastmont cooks serve nearly 500 pounds of pasta each week for lunch.
A human’s hair can easily support the weight of a man according to Nathan Harshman, Assistant Professor of Physics at American University in Washington, DC. This fact confirms the hair-raising story of a young girl trapped in a tower in a land far, far away.
Type of lead: Creative
Live action picture
You will decide together what your topic, heading, and subheadings will be. Each subheading will be an individual feature article.
Each group member must be assigned one of the subheadings to compose. Make sure you have dialogue with one another over what to cover so that the whole story flows well.
Actors then need to be assigned for your real life picture as well as the motions and speaking parts they will be performing.
(project worth 50 pts)