Short Story: ENG 1DI/Y
FEATURE NEWS ARTICLE
For your first major assignment, you are asked to write a feature news article on
either, the events in the short story “My Name is Angie” or The Office episode “Fun
Option 1: “My Name is Angie”
A horrible accident has occurred, putting a school bus of kids in danger. Pretend that
you are a journalist who has been off to write a story about the bus accident.
Option 2: “Fun Run”
Pretend you are a journalist who has been sent off to write a story about Meredith’s
accident, or Michael’s Fun Run fundraiser.
Step 1: Read “My Name is Angie” or watch “Fun Run” and answer the question
Step 2: Write a well-structured, interesting news article about the events of
the short story or episode approximately 250 words in length. What will
the local newspaper report?
First, complete the news article format sheet and outline.
Now write your rough copy. You must include:
o Interest-catching lead
o All 5 W’s + H
Be sure that you keep the level of language formal and that you
adhere to all the conventions of feature news articles.
You must have a minimum of two (2) quotations from expert reliable
Step 3: Double check that your article contains all of the features of a
newspaper article that we discussed in class as well as the events of the
story that you chose.
Questions to Ask:
Have you included an effective lead?
Is your article structured like an inverted pyramid?
Does the first paragraph answer most or all of the 5W + H?
How many quotations have you included?
Did you set up the writing in columns?
Do you have an appropriate picture to accompany your article along
with a caption?
* Be sure to check the list at this point in order to ensure that you are
meeting all the assignment requirements.
Step 4: Revise your work. Take this opportunity to make changes to your article.
Rework structure, sentences and word choices. Ask yourself is this my
best writing? Can I improve something?
Step 5 Proofread your work!
Double-check your spelling, capitalization, punctuation, and grammar.
Remember, you should always edit your rough copy in a different
colour! You will also have two peers edit this piece, but you still need
to do this yourself!
Step 6: Write a typed, polished copy of your feature news article. Make sure you
hand in all of the rough work with your final copy.
Rubric for a Feature News Article
4 3 2 1 R
*Story is developed using
extensive detail from the
*Two quotations from an
expert / reliable witness
develop the story
rough copy, editing, and
any additional process
* Added details are logical
and enhance the meaning
of the story
*Clear, concise writing. A
reader finds this work
* Use of language
grammar, punctuation) is
accurate, effective and
virtually error- free
*Appropriate level of
language for the intended
*Creative and accurate
layout includes all
features of a news article
*Headline is appropriately
worded and the main idea
is repeated in the first
*Article answers all of
the 5W +H and follows
the inverted pyramid
*Paragraphing is correct;
each focuses on one fact.
*Picture is relevant to the
topic of the article