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Magazine Writing Workshop

Secondary 1 – Secondary 3

8 (Suggested)

1 hr 30 mins (Suggested)

Native English teachers with a university degree ; related teaching experience, and/or teacher training such as TEFL, TESOL, CELTA, PGDE/PCEd, etc.

Course Name: Magazine Writing Workshop

Level: Secondary 1 – Secondary 3

No. of Lessons: 8 (Suggested)

Lesson Duration: 1 hr 30 mins (Suggested)

Instructors: Native English teachers with a university degree ; related teaching experience, and/or teacher training such as TEFL, TESOL, CELTA, PGDE/PCEd, etc.

Objectives

The Magazine Writing Workshop enables students to dig deeper into school life. Through different writing projects, students will be able to explore various writing styles and genres. Most importantly, students will learn how to transfer their thoughts into words that can communicate with the audience.

Features

  • Encourage peer learning through group discussion and group writing assignments
  • Analyse different kinds of writing styles and articles through reading sample articles
  • Expand students’ vocabulary through learning language for different types of articles
  • Develop interview skills through developing questionnaires and conducting interviews
  • Develop the students ‘own voice through opinion writing
  • Develop editing skills through editing each other’s writings

Outline

Unit 1: Introduction


    • Introduction: Functions of a magazine, writing and editing
    • Discussion + presentation: Magazine name
    • Introduction to beats in magazines
    • Introduction to the structure of magazines and content
    • Writing skill: Pre-writing, free-writing, re-writing
    • Exercise: Dividing newspaper parts into beats

Unit 2: Interview Skills and Reporting Narrative


    • Introduction to social issues
    • Introduction to interview skills
    • Discussion: What to write in social issues?
    • Introduction to newspapers: Paragraph, sentence length and lead
    • How to write a good lead
    • Exercise: Drafting a questionnaire
    • When to capitalise?

Unit 3: Editorial and Opinion Writing


    • Introduction to editorials
    • Discussion: Hong Kong events
    • Writing skill: Transitional phrases and use of abbreviations
    • Words frequently used in editorials
    • Taking and selecting photos

Unit 4: Descriptive Writing


    • Introduction to features
    • Discussion: What to write in features
    • Writing skill: Preciseness and conciseness; Use of idioms
    • Introduction to multiple elements in story writing
    • Exercise: Rewriting skills

Unit 5: Replying to Letters to the Editor


    • Replying to letters to the editor in teen columns
    • Exercise: Free-writing and writing skills
    • Exercise: Replying to a letter

Unit 6: Travel Writing


    • Introduction to creative non-fiction
    • Exercise: Fiction or non-fiction?
    • Introduction to travel writing
    • Reading: ‘Monks, Rice, War’
    • Writing activity: Wish you were here!

Unit 7: Memoirs


    • Introduction to autobiographies and memoirs
    • Reading: More About Boy by Roald Dahl (extract)
    • Introduction to writing about your life
    • Writing: A memoir of your life

Unit 8: Collaborative Fiction


    • Introduction to collaborative fiction
    • Group activity: Collaborative fiction
    • Activity: Planning and discussion
    • Writing: Collaborative stories
    • Activity: Proofreading and editing