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Author: Olusola David, Ayibiowu
Year: July, 2017
Published: Online by Creative Arts Solution Foundation
A realistic article should consist of an eye-catching title which attracts the readers attention and suggests the theme of the article.
An article according to Cambridge Dictionary English meaning a piece of writing on a particular subject in a newspaper or magazine, or any of the English words "a", "an", and "the", or words in other languages that do the same job as these or a particular thing, especially one that is one of several things of a similar type or in the same place.
Article *Is a piece of writing usually intended for publication in a newspaper, magazine or journal
*Is written for a wide audience, so it is essential to attract and retain the readers attention
*May include amusing stories, reported speech and descriptions
*Can be formal or informal, depending on the target audience
*Should be written in an interesting or entertaining manner Should give opinions and thoughts, as well as facts
*Is in a less formal style than a report
An article can
*Describe an experience, event, person or place
*Present an opinion or balanced argument
*Compare and contrast
Article writing titles
The article title is absolutely necessary when writing, and should be a concise summary of the
information which is going to follow in the article.
In other words, the main topic of the article should be stated in the title. Stimulating the readers interest is also essential - if the title looks uninteresting, why would anyone read it? There are various ways to achieve this.
For example, if you are writing a description of a place, using adjectives can enhance the attractiveness of the place, before the reader begins reading the article, e.g. The Tranquillity and Peace of an Island that Time Forgot. If the task involves proposing a solution to a problem or your opinion, and so on, you can address your audience directly, e.g. What You Need to Do to Be Successful, or use a question such as Is Learning English Really Necessary Today? for the title. In more formal articles, it is more common to just summaries the topic in a short statement, e.g. Laughter Can Improve Our Health. The title should not be too long and should mirror the style of the article - formal or informal.
Deciding factors in the layout of an article
Before you begin writing article it is important to consider:
*Where is the article going to appear - in a newspaper or magazine?
*Who are the intended readers - a specific group such as students or teenagers, or adults in general?
*What is the aim of the article - to advise, suggest, inform, compare and contrast, describe, etc.?
These three points are the deciding factors in the layout of your article, its style, language and level of formality.
Determine the information you are going to use and organize your ideas carefully into paragraphs.
Each paragraph should have a clear topic sentence.
The article could be formal, semi-formal or informal, depending on your intended audience.
Use vocabulary and descriptive language appropriate for the article. Linking words and expressions, and a variety of vocabulary will only improve your work and make it more interesting.
DO NOT use over-personal or over-emotional language or simplistic vocabulary.
DO NOT talk about yourself. You are writing for the general public, not a close circle of friends.
Your opinions are only interesting to other people if you can make them amusing, justify them or
The publication can sometimes be described as a newspaper, and sometimes as a newsletter, which is a one or two page magazine, sent to members of a club or society at large. Always read the instructions for the task carefully to be clear about whom you are writing for.
When deciding if an article's content is current, check the publication date and the dates of the references used in the article's reference list/bibliography.
Also an articles may have numerous typographical mistakes, grammatical errors or other inaccuracies, are not reliable.Is the article information current and up-to-date?
Articles are written by scholars/academics or a professional in the field.
Articles or books may be written by a professional writer, e.g. journalist, who is not an expert in the field.
Authors always cite their sources of information (e.g. use in-text referencing, provide a reference list or a bibliography) Authors rarely offer details about the sources of information i.e. they do not use in-text referencing or supply a reference list or bibliography.
Text may provide research results, include specialized vocabulary, and is aimed at a scholarly audience.
Text reports events or opinions and is aimed at a general audience (easy to read).
There are many different types of information sources each characterized by different conventions and target audiences.
Scholarly sources disseminate research and academic discussion among professionals within disciplines.
Non scholarly sources
Non scholarly sources inform and entertain the public (e.g. popular sources such a newspapers, magazines) or allow practitioners to share industry, practice, and production information (e.g. trade sources such as non-refereed journals published for people working in the teaching profession).
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It can now be seen that in order to write a good article you need first to find the theme or topic sentence which summarizes what you are going to write about, and then make a plan. This strategy will enable you to write quickly and clearly, help you think of a title more easily and your work will have cohesion. Using this method gives the topic sentence of each paragraph and connects it to the other paragraphs. These topic sentences can be made into one paragraph and then developed to form a whole article. Conversely, these topic sentences, when taken together, can be used to cut down the entire article into a one-paragraph summary of the whole piece.
Cambridge Dictionary English
Cambridge University Press 2017