Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Elements of a Good Article

Catches the readers attention

The lead sentence catches the readers attention and relates to the topic.

The introductory paragraph tells the most important facts and answers the questions:
  • who
  • what
  • where
  • when
  • why
  • how
Inverted Pyramid:
Basic facts are covered first and reemphasized often to help get them encoded into memory.

Structure types:
  • chronological — the article may be a narrative of some sort.
  • cause and effect — the reasons and results of an event or process is examined.
  • classification — items in an article are grouped to help aid understanding
  • compare and contrast— two or more items are examined side-by-side to see their similarities and differences
  • list — A simple item-by-item run-down of pieces of information.
  • question and answer —such as an interview with a celebrity or expert+

  • final quote
  • descriptive scene
  • play on the title or lead
  • summary statement


spectrum said...

I can really appreciate the points you have made here. Many people struggle with the basics and because of this don't get started at all.

I'm trying to lay some foundations on my blog (just started) at
http://howtowriteeasy.blogspot.com as well as having some fun!

Quality information on your blog.


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