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Learning task 3

Learning intention(s) Developing understandings about structure
KCs/ Principles/Values focus KCs:
Thinking - exploring various ways a feature article can be organised

Focus on structuring and linking ideas

  1. Examine the structure used in The Ginga Stereotype. Develop sub headings for each paragraph that summarise the topic covered. [e.g. First paragraph: introducing central idea: ‘gingas’ are unfairly treated].
  2. Complete the Jigsaw Activity based on the feature “Eat Up: It’s Got to Be Good For You”. With a partner, cut up the jigsaw sheet and assemble the six paragraphs into a sequence matching the Structure Headings so that a case is developed on the topic of diet and young people. The complete feature article is available in the editing checklist. used in task 4.
  3. “Eat Up: It’s Got to Be Good For You” takes a serious approach to the issue that young people need to be more responsible about healthy eating. Compare this article with the humorous “The Ginga Stereotype” and consider the information each writer selects to develop their ideas.
  4. Before you begin the first draft of your feature articles, revisit your work in learning task 2 to help to select the topic and approach for your feature article, then locate information to develop ideas.
  5. During the drafting process, use connectives from the Making the right connections resource to introduce or explain another point of view, present an additional point or show a connection, or to emphasise a point.
  6.  The Writing Frame provides examples of sentence frames to help develop syntax. Some teacher adaptation may be required to suit selected topics.

Published on: 17 Jan 2011