For the last couple of weeks, students have been working on writing an informational article. We are now in the final stages: revision and publishing. A-day students, your projects are due Friday, October 5; B-day students, your projects are due Monday, October 8. Final draft articles must be printed or sent to wmeans@ogdenprep.org before class on the due date in order for them to be turned in on time. I am available to help students with their articles after school Monday – Thursday of this week. Also, the yellow project packet and resources on Canvas may be of use as you finalize your article. Below is a self-checklist that would be wise to reference.

         SELF-CHECKLIST

  • I have a newspaper/magazine title.
  • I include the publishing date.
  • I have a catchy, on-topic headline.
  • I include a subtitle/subhead that specifies the information in the article. (optional)
  • There is a byline.
  • I have enough content to keep readers interested and informed.
  • I begin the article by introducing the student to the readers.
  • Throughout the article I discuss my interviewee’s goals for language arts and the plans to achieve them.
  • At least one other goal outside of language arts is discussed.
  • I include at least three quotations.
  • I indented my paragraphs.
  • Transitions are used to help the reader understand (for example, furthermore).
  • There are no abbreviations, symbols, or shortcuts in the article.
  • My sentences are complete.
  • My sentences are of varying lengths and all begin differently.
  • My tone is professional and positive.
  • The information in the article is accurate and specific.
  • Each word is used properly.
  • My vocabulary is specific and varied.
  • The article is written in third person POV. There’s no use of “me” or “I.”
  • My details are clear and vivid.
  • I answer the questions who, what, when, where, and how/why.
  • My capitalization is correct.
  • I use punctuation properly.
  • There are no misspelled words.
  • I’m very proud of this composition!
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