Class 4

Draft Due Today:

  • Topic
  • Type of article
  • Identified publication
  • Analyzed reader
  • Word count: varies depending in publication (average: 1000 words)

For Final Draft:


  • Intriguing lead to hook reader.
  • Introduction to Story Environment (location – time- mood)
  • Introduction of your voice/ POV – you are taking the reader on this amazing journey!!


  • Specific Details/ Visual Description using 5 senses.
  • Broader Details/ Background Description – history, geography, culture, customs (varies depending on story you are telling)


  • Emotional/ Physical (maybe your departure from place)

Additions: (include on separate document)

  • 1 Sidebar (a text box – ex. Trip Tips/ Getting there /when to go/ where to stay/ tours/ what to do).
  • 1 Map (if appropriate for article)
  • 2 Pictures with captions.

Captions include:

  1. Name & address of where photo came from (your address or where purchased or borrowed)
  2. Credit Line – name of photographer.
  3. If known — identify people in photo (* if taken in home, then need a release/ in public – no release unless used for advertising).
  4. Name & place of where picture taken.
  5. Study publication for types of captions they use.  Or provide: who, what, where, why, when, how.

Tips for Visual Writing:

  • Be specific – think paint chips.
  • Use strong Verbs & Nouns.
  • Avoid too many Adjectives & Adverbs.
  • Use simile, metaphor, onomatopoeia, & alliteration.
  • Use sense words unexpectedly with different senses – ex. sound of her dark chocolate voice.


Guest Speaker:

Sarah McCollum, publisher of Capital City Books and director of
Hartwood Creative.

Discussion Topics: Revision, Editing, & Publishing

Recommended Sites:


Topic: Interviews

  • Types of Interviews
  • Preparing for Interview
  • Writing Questions
  • Recording/ Notes
  • @ the Interview

Activity: Partners interview each other about topic/ location.

  • Write 3 Starter Interview Questions (open-ended).
  • Take turns conducting an interview.
  • Interviewer — Maintain eye contact while taking notes; write down information, quotes, and visual descriptions.


Finding Experts to Interview:


Education/ University Experts:

Expert Sites:




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