Getting Started

  • Gathering Information

    Even if we are writing about our favorite topic, good writers look for ways to add interesting and informative details to their articles. They confirm names and facts--even things they already know--to be sure their articles are accurate.

    Asking Questions

    Begin by thinking: If I were reading about this topic, what would I want to know? What questions would I have? Making a list of these things helps you know what information you already have, what you need to find out.

    Consider using the "5 Ws" to guide your questioning:

    Who?  Who was involved, who started it, who does it affect, who may have an opinion about it . . .

    What? What is it, what was involved, what happened, what caused it, what may happen next . . .

    Where? Where did it happen or will it happen, where is it located, where did someone/something come from, where can people get more information . . .

    When?  When did it happen or will it happen, when was something decided . . .

    Why? Why did it happen, why did someone do it, why is it interesting, why do people feel a certain way about it . . .

     

    Finding Answers

    Now that you know what you want to know, where can you find the answers?

    Read about it! Find a book, newspaper article, online site (with Mom or Dad's help) . . .

    Talk to someone! Find an expert, someone in charge, someone who was there, someone with an opinion or facts about it . . .

    Check it out yourself! Go visit the place, read the book, observe a practice, experience it yourself . . .


     

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