Layout of an Article:
*By-line (Author's name)
*3 paragraphs-Detail 1,Detail 2 and Detail 3
(Remember to put the most important information at the top of the article. ALWAYS BE UNBIASED UNLESS YOU ARE ASKED FOR YOUR OPINION. There are two types of articles,feature-which is found in tabloids and is less formal- and reports- eg a report on a robbery)
Consider your target audience, the points you'll be trying to make, the tone (A talk is less formal than a speech)correct address(Ladies and Gentlemen/ My fellow students), rhetorical questions, persuasive words like clearly,plainly,obviously,undoubtedly etc.
Introduction:Address the audience,introduce yourself and what you are going to be talking about(grab the audience's attention)
First persuasive point: Be definite in your point. Make up figures/percentages. Use a rhetorical question if you like.
Second persuasive point: Include a quotation and more information.
Third persuasive point: Optional but advisory.
Conclusion:This should tie up the point of the speech or talk. This is your last chance to persuade the audience.
Other Functional Writing Topics:
Descriptions of people/places/photographs
The copy of an advertisement or other promotional brochure
More to come on these later!
When writing about the theme of a poem, always remember TROVE:
T; Title= What we can understand of the poem from the title
R; Rhythm=Punctuation(more punctuation=slow,deliberate,considered while less=passionate,emotion)
O; Organisation=Structure of the poem
V;Voice(Tone) Is it angry,happy,emotionless,nostalgic etc.
E; Expressions (language which the poet uses)
Use plenty of quotes and always indent them!