As I know you will all be short of something to do with the school closing today, here is an update of your next three weeks homework.
You are going to be writing newspaper columns. To improve your understanding of the form, you need to bring in an article you have read each single lesson with 100 words of your own writing based on the same topic.
You should be trying to achieve the same style and effect that the columnist has achieved without copying their work.
There is a real difference between newspaper columns and newspaper reports. A column is usually written by the same person and is opinion based on a topic of the writer's choice (usually something in the news).
Features of a column are usually:
Strong Opinions / Often Bias
Sarcasm / Irony
Often humorous and less formal in tone.
To help you with this, I need you to read at least one column per week (more if you really want to hone your skills) and then try to write your own comment piece based on the topic in your article. In lesson we will then compare your writing with the writing of the pro.
Below are a list of columnists you may wish to check out and the publications they often write for.
Caitlin Moran - @caitlinmoran The Times
Grace Dent - @Gracedent The Independent / Evening Standard / The Guardian
Eva Wiseman - @Evawiseman The Guardian
Sophie Heawood - @heawood The Guardian / The Independent / Vice
Charlie Brooker - @charltonbrooker The Guardian
Stewart Lee - @stewlee The Independent / The Guardian / The New Statesman
David Mitchell - @RealDmitchell The Guardian
Here is a link from Grace Dent you may like.
Be opinionated, witty and wise.