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Writing Assignment 1 Task Select a newspaper/magazine report or article of your interest. Read and identify the issue(s) related to the report or article. Select a topic to focus on and then write a letter to the editor of a local newspaper/magazine. *You may write on any issue or aspect related to the news report/article/ editorial. Your letter should be between 180 to 250 words typed using Arial 11 or Times New Roman 12 with 1.5 spacing. Use the letter format shown in the sample. Portfolio Content 1. The newspaper/magazine article/editorial. State the source and date of publication. 2. Paragraph outline 3. Draft 1 4. Peer Feedback Form 1 5. Draft 2 6. Self-editing Worksheet 1 *Your draft should show proof of editing done. A CLEAN draft (without any comments or editing done either by you or your peer) shows that you HAVE NOT DONE the editing process. Your mark may be deducted. 7. Final draft *This is the one that will be graded by the instructors. Please make sure it is clean and well presented. Marks will be deducted if the portfolio is incomplete.
Pre-writing To help you decide what to include in your letter, ask yourself these questions: a. Is the news report or article that you have selected interesting? Do you think the readers would be interested to read your letter?
*If your answers are ‘yes’, you may proceed. If ‘No’, perhaps you may want to find another news report or article.
b. What is the name of the newspaper/magazine from which you have taken your article/report?
c. What is the date of publication of your article or report? d. What is the main topic of the news report or article?
e. Are there any other issues related to the news report or article?
f. Which aspect of the news report or article do you intend to focus on?
g. What is your stand/attitude towards the issue?
h. What is the issue that you want to highlight in the newspaper/magazine?
What details/explanations/reasons/descriptions can you offer to interest/convince the readers? What action do you want the readers to take after reading your letter?
Prepare an outline
(You may find referring to the Lecture Notes given during Perjumpaan Pertama helpful)
What is the main topic of the news report or article?
Problems in organ donations
What are the topics (or other topics/aspects) that you can focus on?
How to solve or reduce the problems Actions that can be taken by the government to increase awareness The importance of organ donations Etc.
Brainstorm. Then decide your what do you want to focus on. (Find the controlling idea) Prepare your outline.
Opening sentence: ______________________________________________________ Topic sentence: ________________________________________________ Point 1 & Supporting details: ________________________________________________ Point 2 & Supporting details: ________________________________________________ Point 3 & Supporting details: *It is not necessary to have 3 points. If your wish to provide more explanation for the first 2 points, you may not need point 3. ________________________________________________ Conclusion/call for action: ________________________________________________
Dear Editor, I refer to your report / article …… (state the title) published …… (state the source and date). State the specific issue or aspect of the news report or article that you wish to react to. DO NOT summarise the news report or article. Write your paragraph State your opinion or position on the issue. This is your topic sentence. Then state your points. Ensure to provide adequate supporting details for your points. (explanations/ examples, statistics, personal opinion, logical reasoning, and etc.) End your letter appropriately. *You may give a recommendation or simply make a call for action. Sincerely, Sign your letter State your name, address and contact number
Drafting and Editing a. Write the first draft Use the outline to help you draft your letter. Connect your ideas with appropriate transitional words to form a coherent paragraph (sentences that flow smoothly or make sense). Expand your ideas by including specific details. Ask your peer to read and comment your work. b. Write the second draft of your paragraph Based on your peer’s comment, write your second draft. Then edit your letter using the Self-editing Worksheet 1. c. Write the final draft of your paragraph Submit your final draft together with all required items listed earlier.
Peer Feedback Form 1
Peer Editor: ________________________________ Group: _________ Date: _______________________ Writer’s name: _____________________________________ Number of words in the letter: ______________
************************************************************************************** 1. Is the letter interesting?  yes  no Write a comment about a part that is especially interesting to you. _______________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ 2. Do you understand everything?  yes  no Circle or underline any part that you do not understand, and write a comment about it. _______________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ 3. What is the topic sentence? Write it here. _______________________________________________________________________________ 4. 5. The topic sentence is (well-focused/not well-focused) and (makes clear/doesn’t make clear) the writer’s attitude towards the topic. Make a prediction about what you expect to read in the rest of the letter based on the topic sentence. _______________________________________________________________________________ 6. Was your prediction in (5) accurate?  yes  no
Comment.______________________________________________________________________ 7. 8. 9. How is the topic sentence supported? ________________________________________________ Has the author related the supporting details to the topic sentence?  yes  no
Are there any supporting details that require more explanation to relate it to the topic sentence? Comment: _______________________________________________________________________________
Are there any irrelevant points/details in the letter?
What are they?___________________________________________________________________ 11. Are there any problems with format, grammar, punctuation and sentence structure? yes  no
Circle 3 instances of these problems, or copy them here. _______________________________________________________________________________
Self-Editing Worksheet 1
Date: _______________________ Group: _________ Writer’s name: _____________________________________ Title: _____________________________________________
Number of words in the letter: ______________ ************************************************************************************** 1. 2. 3. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. . 12. 13 My letter fits the assignment.  yes  no  no  no  no  no  no  no  yes  no  no  no  no  no  no  no
My letter has an opening sentence that refers to an article I have read.  yes My letter has a topic sentence that states an important point related to the article I have read. My topic sentence contains only one main idea. My topic sentence states a stand/offers a perspective that is of public importance. I have supported my topic sentence with relevant supporting details. I have made sure all my supporting sentences relate clearly to my topic sentence.  yes  yes  yes  yes  yes
I have written an appropriate concluding sentence calling for action/change. I have used the format for writing letters to the editor. I have used correct punctuation. I have checked my spelling. I have checked my sentences for subject-verb agreement I have checked my letter for fragments. I have made changes to my letter (revised my writing) after receiving feedback from my peer editor. The 3 most important changes I have made to my letter are:  yes  yes  yes  yes  yes  yes
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