1. Check out the example story structure on page 49 of Inside Reporting. Which structure do you prefer? Why?
2. Create a rough outline for your article. Use the information you have and make a bulleted outline of how you want to start, where you want your quotes and research to be, ideas for transitions, outlook in the future, etc.
2. Spend the rest of this week working on your rough draft:
Keep the following guidelines in mind:
- Start with the most important facts and work your way down to the less important ones.
- Introduce a source with their title (adults) or grade level (students) and their full name. Use "said", then put whatever they said into quotation marks. Start a new paragraph for each quote.
- Need some help structuring your story? Check out other stories in the same section as yours on Best of SNO and see if you can imitate some of their styles.
Need some examples of stories others wrote to give you ideas? Check out stories in the same section as yours on:
Rough Draft Guidelines: (Due: Friday, September 20, by midnight)
- Length: 500 words
- MUST contain at least 3 primary (interview) sources and 2 secondary (research) sources
- Start a new paragraph with each change of topic or new quote
- Quotes should be direct quotes or indirect quotes:
- Direct Quote Example: "[What your source said word for word]", said [title] [First Name] [Last Name].
- Indirect Quote Example: [Title] [First Name] [Last Name] said, [summary of what the source told you])
- Avoid using "you", "I", "we/us" and other pronouns that aren't third person.
- Example: Instead of: Many of us think... say: Many students think...
- Avoid opinionated language UNLESS you are writing an opinion or review piece
- Make sure your story starts with an engaging lead and ends with either a quote that sums up the issue, an outlook into the future, or where to find more information. Opinion or review pieces can end with an overall verdict or a call to action
- Rough Drafts MUST be complete stories. We can't edit incomplete stories.
- MUST be run through Grammarly (include your screen shot in your doc)
Upload your rough draft to Canvas by Friday, September 18th.
To do this, click on File > Download > Microsoft Word Doc; then on Canvas, use the File Upload tab to upload your document.