How to write an awesome article

Use the facts below to write a newspaper article about Scipio’s rapid rise to the top!

•    First task – make Rome powerful in Spain again
•    Captured Spanish town of New Carthage in 209 BC
•    Defeated Hannibal’s two brothers, who held most of Spain, in 206 BC
•    Appointed Consul in 205 BC
•    Invaded Africa in 203 BC and established control
•    Defeated Hannibal at Zama in 202 BC after Hannibal returned there

Follow this step by step guide to a great article:

  1. Decide what your article will be about.
  2. Research the topic of your article.
  3. Write your article using the template below.
  4. Think of a catchy headline for your article.  Make it big and bold. Alliteration can be a good way to make something sound more dramatic.  Ex. “King Cole Catches a Cold!”
  5. First paragraph:  In the first few sentences, answer these questions!
    Who? What? When? Where? Why?
  6. Grab the reader’s attention by using an opening sentence which is a question or something unexpected!
  7. Now, give the details. It is always a good idea to include one or two quotes from people you interviewed. Write in the third person (he, she, it or they). Be objective. Use active verbs so the reader feels things are really happening!  You can make up the dialogue using fictitious characters.
  8. Last paragraph: Round off your article. Try ending with a quote or a catchy phrase!
  9. By-line: At the end, state who wrote the article; ‘By ….’.
  10. Decide where appropriate illustrations/pictures will be placed.
  11. Proof-read your article and edit where needed.
  12. Spell check and grammar check your article!

Your article should capture the excitement of Scipio’s rise to power in the Roman Republic.  He was a hero and filled the Roman people with hope.  Your article should be about 350 words and it must fit on one page.

As you are writing, keep these things in mind. They will help improve the 6 traits…

Your article must include:  A title for your newspaper, the date, a headline, a picture or image with a caption, and a by-line.

Due date:  Thursday 11/12 (red and white), Friday 11/13 (blue)

*You’ll be tea-staining your article in class to give it an antique look.

Use this 6 Traits guide to help you

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