Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.
1.5 to 2.5 hours
Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:
- summarize the process of writing a magazine article
- list the key parts of a magazine article
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1-3 above.)
With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on how well purpose and audience have been addressed. (Editing for conventions should demonstrate command of Language standards 1-3 up to and including grade 7 here.)
- Paper copies of the text lesson How to Write a Magazine Article
- A worksheet created using the quiz from the associated text lesson
- Begin by asking students to brainstorm at least ten potential writing topics that are of interest to them.
- Now give students some time to share their brainstormed lists with the class.
- Pass out the paper copies of the text lesson to the class, one per student.
- Instruct the class to read the introduction, 'Background' and 'Getting an Idea' sections of the text lesson now.
- Based on what the text lesson states about 'Getting an Idea', how many of your ideas are viable as the basis for writing a magazine article?
- Give students some time to refine their lists of ideas.
- Have the class read the 'Introduction', 'The Lead' and 'The Nut Graph' sections of the text lesson now.
- Why are 'the lead' and 'the nut graph' essential parts of a magazine article?
- What might happen if one of the elements of the introduction were not included in a magazine article?
- Tell the class to read the rest of the text lesson now.
- Tell students to review their lists of ideas and write in the type of article that would be most appropriate for each idea based on the options presented in the text lesson.
- Now take a few minutes to formulate a potential ending sentence or statement for each of the topics on your list.
- Pass out the worksheet and ask students to work independently to complete it.
- Review the worksheet as a class, fully discussing each question and answer.
- Ask students to use what they've learned in the text lesson to select one of the ideas from their lists upon which to focus.
- Now have the students create an outline as the first step in turning their idea into a magazine article.
- One they've formulated a solid outline for their article, have them follow the information provided in the text lesson to complete the introduction, middle and closing sections.
- When the students have finished their articles, have them pair up with a classmate.
- Tell the pairs to use the content of the text lesson to review and critique the magazine article written by their peer, responding to the following questions:
- Is the topic clear, relevant and interesting?
- Is there a definitive lead and nut graph?
- What type of article is it?
- Is the article wrapped up appropriately?
- When the students have finished critiquing the work of their classmates and answering the aforementioned questions, have them review the critiques with one another in a brief discussion.
- Finally, give the students ample time to rework their magazine articles based on the feedback from their peers.
- Invite a local journalist to class to speak about the process of penning magazine articles.
- Supervise students as they work together to create a school wide magazine filled with articles they've written.
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