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Generating Ideas for Writing for Publication. Narrowing the Focus Adapted from the work of Dr. Charles Whitaker, Professor of English, EKU. Unit of Study: Ancient Greece. Major Focus: A Window to the Distant Past -- Making Connections to the Present.

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generating ideas for writing for publication

Generating Ideas for Writing for Publication

Narrowing the Focus

Adapted from the work of Dr. Charles Whitaker, Professor of English, EKU

unit of study ancient greece

Unit of Study:Ancient Greece

Major Focus:

A Window to the Distant Past --

Making Connections to the Present

identifying an audience and establishing a purpose
Identifying an Audience and Establishing a Purpose…
  • Who wants to know this information?
  • What is its relevance today?
  • Why is it still important today?
angles and titles
Angles and Titles…

Helpful Questions:

  • What’s an angle that can make your writing unusual?
  • What’s your controlling idea?
  • What might appeal to readers?
sample angles ideas for writing
Sample Angles/Ideas for Writing…
  • Here’s an interesting fact (or two) that readers may not know about and why it’s/they’re important.
  • How did all this come about? Here’s how it happened and why it’s important.
  • Not sure about such and such? Let me help you.
  • Have you ever thought about such and such? I have and here are my conclusions.
  • My own experience confirms a key idea that is important for readers to know about.
narrowing the focus establishing a purpose
Narrowing the FocusEstablishing a Purpose…

A two part title helps identify a topic, narrow the focus, and reveal a writer’s purpose:

  • Greek Mythology: Modern Lessons
deciding on a form what best suits your audience
Deciding on a FormWhat Best Suits Your Audience?
  • Letter
  • Feature Article
  • Editorial
  • Speech
sample titles focused purpose and controlling ideas
Sample TitlesFocused Purpose and Controlling Ideas…

Ancient Myths: Why Are They So Fascinating For Us Today?

Do you know anyone who doesn’t enjoy a good story?

slide11
The Mystery of Myths: What They Mean and Why They Are Still Important

Read on to learn some important moral lessons that can help us today…

slide12
“Ye Gods:” Where Did That Come From?

Legacies from Greek mythology that are common in our culture…

slide13
Greek Heroes: Role Models for Today?

Many legendary heroes were celebrated for their bold exploits and favored by the gods, but some were not!

science unit

Science Unit

Major Focus: Relationships Among Populations and Ecosystems

angles ideas for writing
Angles/Ideas for Writing…
  • Here is a problem readers may not know about and why they should be aware of it.
  • Although some may agree with such and such, I do not. Let me explain and support my view so that others will accept my ideas.
  • I wanted to find answers to these important questions, and this is what I have found and why it is important to others.
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Sample TitlesFocused Purpose and Controlling Ideas…

Too Hot For Comfort: Some Cool Solutions

(Here’s what I found out about the change in the earth’s climate caused by greenhouse gases released by cars…

and some solutions that can help)

slide19
Saving Our Planet: How Green is Our Town?

(Here’s what I’ve discovered about our environmental efforts…

and some suggestions for making improvements)

slide20
Global Warming: Fact or Fiction?

(Here’s what I found out about the two sides of the debate …

and here’s my opinion too)

slide21
Hybrids are Hot: Just Ask Leonardo DiCaprio!

(Here’s some information about the popularity of hybrid cars …

and some reasons for driving them)

slide22
Baked Alaska: Not Exactly A Frozen Treat!

(Here’s what I found out about the disappearance of Alaska’s glaciers…

and why that is important to us)

slide23
Many Countries Endorse The Kyoto Treaty: Should We Too?

(Here’s my opinion about endorsing the Kyoto Treaty…

and I’m hoping you will agree!)

personal finance unit

Personal Finance Unit

Major Focus:

Money Management…

and other Money Matters

sample titles focused purpose and controlling ideas2
Sample TitlesFocused Purpose and Controlling Ideas…

The Stock Market: Who in the World is Dow Jones?

(Here’s some information to solve this mystery…)

slide28
Investing Wisely: Financial Security

(Here are some important tips that can help us make wise investment decisions…)

slide29
Personal Finance: How Big is Your Pig?

(Some important facts about saving early…)

slide30
Cash or Credit: What do you have in your wallet?

(The importance of establishing a good credit history)

slide31
Investing Wisely: Saving for a Rainy Day

(Here some facts about the importance of saving for the future)

slide32
KEEs to the Future: Investing in Yourself!

(Here’s some important information about scholarships and reasons for academic investment…)

slide33
Debit or Credit: Got Plastic?

(Important information about credit or debit)

purpose statement
Purpose Statement…

As a (personal connection to writing),

I am writing a (form: letter, article, editorial, other)

for (reader: school newspaper, etc.)

to develop my idea that (main idea, specific purpose in writing)

for more information
For more information…

Contact:

Jennifer Bernhard

Reading/Writing Specialist

Clark County Schools

jennifer.bernhard@clark.kyschools.us

(859) 744-4545 Ext 232