What is an 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
- provide information
- offer suggestions
- offer advice
A realistic article should consist of:
- an eye-catching title which attracts the readers’ attention and suggests the theme of the article. (Think about why you read a magazine or newspaper article recently - what made you read it?) Articles can also have subheadings before each paragraph.
- an introduction which clearly defines the topic to be covered and keeps the reader’s attention.
- the main body of two to five paragraphs in which the topic is further developed in detail.
- the conclusion - summarising the topic or a final opinion, recommendation or comment.