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					Feature Article
 (Informational Writing)

  This is one type of prompt
     you may see on the
     On-Demand Test!
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   Ever seen the show American Idol?

   What are the key characteristics of people who
    became finalists on American Idol?




   (i.e. good voice, stage presence, looks, etc.)
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   What is the MOST important characteristic?
       their singing voice

   This lesson is a copy-cat of the show.
   You will Judge a piece of writing to determine if it can be a
    finalist in American Idol Feature Article competition.

   What characteristics are necessary for a Feature Article.

   Let’s look at what will determine how we will judge the
    pieces.
            Using the “Key Characteristics of a Feature Article”
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   PURPOSE is the Most Important characteristic
    (like a great singing voice)!

   You will decide if a Feature Article piece can be a
    American Idol Feature Article finalist.
       Ask yourself “Does the piece have a focused purpose?”


   I will model the first piece for you entitled
    Diabetes: A life-altering childhood disease.
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(Does this piece have a focused purpose???)
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   Now I will fill out the Judges’ Decision Form

   Lets look at another Feature Article
    entitled Dogs.



   I will use the Judges’ Decision Form and refer to the
    Key Characteristics of Feature Articles sheet to
    guide me in judging .
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(Does this piece have a focused purpose???)
                 Feature Article Contest
                                   (Informational Writing)
   It’s time for you to be an American Idol Feature
    Article Judge!!!

   You will be grouped and given different
    Feature Article pieces.

   You will need to use your Key Characteristics of
    Feature Articles sheet

   Fill out your Judges’ Decision Form.
       Determine which pieces are going to move to Round 2.
    “American Idol” Feature Article Contest
                   (Informational Writing)

1.   Read the piece together as a group.
2.   Discuss each statement on the Judges’ Decision Form.
3.   Come to an agreement.
4.   Complete the Judges’ Decision Form. Be able to back
     up why you voted “YES” or “NO” with specific reasons!!!

    REMEMBER: Some of the Feature Articles
     won’t “have what it takes” to be called a
     Feature Article!
        As a judge, it’s your job to make sure ONLY the
         pieces with a focused purpose become finalists.
Feature Article -- (Round 2)
   Round 1 - Objective was to understand the key
    characteristics of a “focused purpose” in a feature
    article.



   Round 2 - Objective is identify and understand
    the key characteristics that deal with audience
    awareness in a feature article.
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   How did we judge the pieces in Round 1?

   In Round 2, you are going to read another Feature
    Article that made it passed Round 1.

   You will look for characteristics that deal with
    “Audience Awareness.”
       Refer back to the Key Characteristics for Feature Articles
        sheet.
“American Idol” Feature Article Contest
                 (Informational Writing)

   I will use the Key Characteristics sheet to look
    for the characteristics needed for audience
    awareness.

   You will need to help me judge Round 2 and
    check for proper audience awareness.

   Lets reread the article Diabetes: A life-altering
    childhood disease and check for audience
    awareness.
“American Idol” Feature Article Contest
       (Round 2 - Audience Awareness)
“American Idol” Feature Article Contest
       (Round 2 - Audience Awareness)
                    Feature Article Contest
                        (Audience Awareness – Round 2)

   It’s time for you to be an American Idol Feature Article
    Judge – Round 2.
       You will determine who’s going to be a FINALIST!!!

   You will be grouped and given a Feature Article piece
    and check “Audience Awareness.”

   You will need to use your Key Characteristics of Feature
    Articles sheet.

   Fill out your Judges’ Decision Form (Round 2).

				
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