In journalistic writing, the use of language plays a key role. The effectiveness of your message will depend on the techniques that you use. Today, you will be looking for examples of different types of language:
- Find a story that answers “who, what, where and when” in the first sentence.
- Find a story that opens with a statistic—a number, such as a price, quantity, percentage, etc.
- Find a sentence that describes a person’s appearance.
- Find a direct quotation.
- Find five vivid, powerful verbs.
- Find a headline that uses a play on words—a word or expression that can have more than one meaning.
- Find a story that tells the reader how to do something.
- Find a piece of writing that represents a writer’s point of view on a current issue.
- Find three different words that indicate something is highly desirable.
- Find a comic strip character who uses an idiomatic or slang expression.
Use the internet to find these examples. Post the links of your sources next to each number.