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My Words, My World: Non-fiction feature writing teaching resource

This resource is designed for teachers and students taking part in our My Words, My World competition to study the techniques and tools of journalistic writing. It provides a framework for teachers to work through to support their students to research, plan and write a high quality feature article about an issue they are passionate about. 

The content is divided into five sections:My Words My World teaching resource

  1. Setting the context
  2. Research and organise data
  3. Copyright
  4. Prepare, plan, write
  5. Creating a campaign

Each section contains suggested activities, teaching notes and resources to use with the students to support the activities. The resources are numbered, referenced in the text and situated at the end of each section.

The content is designed to provide students with useful knowledge and tools for writing like a journalist. If used in its entirety the resource covers all aspects of the recommended sequence for teaching writing.

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Example feature articles

Use these example articles, kindly contributed by our journalists and young people’s news providers First News and The Day, to help your pupils understand the structural and language features of a feature article:

MPs’ fury over the ‘national scandal’ of FGM from The Day 
In Swaziland, Coca-Cola has the power to make democracy the real thing by Maurice McLeod for The Guardian 
Loneliness ‘epidemic’ plaguing young people from The Day 
Every child deserves an education from First News 
Is your child a "little Buddha"?: How spoiling our children is making them lazy brats by Judy Yorke for The Mirror

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About First News

First News is the UK's only newspaper for young people and the widest-read children's publication in the country with over 1 million readers every week.  1,047,543 seven to 14 year olds every week. First News aims to spark early engagement in current affairs with pupils, making the news and issues of today accessible to over 10,000 schools every week. Find out more 
Please note: members of our network can access an exclusive 4% discount with First News

About The Day

The Day is an online daily news service for schools, colleges and families. Aimed at the secondary age group, The Day aims to help young people think for themselves and engage with the world. Find out more and access free trial.

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