Before you begin writing, it is important to consider:
• where the article is going to appear — in a school newspaper or teen magazine, etc
• who your readers are — a group such as students or teenagers, or adults in general
• what the aim of the article is — to advise, suggest, inform, compare and contrast, describe, etc
Plan your article. Brainstorm some ideas you would like to include in it and make notes. Come up with not more than 3 main ideas; it's better to develop a few ideas in detail than to touch upon too many of them superficially. Here is a list of questions to consider, but think of some of your own too!
• Imagine looking back twenty years from now on the musicians whose music will represent your generation. Who do you think those musicians will be?
• What are some of the popular melodies that have become symbols of our time? How do you think this has come about?
• Are there any songs you think could become the anthems that symbolise your generation, its interests, tastes, etc?
• What are the reasons for your choice?
Write down some topic sentences that state your ideas clearly. Then develop them into paragraphs that include supporting arguments.
Arrange your paragraphs in a logical order and add an introduction and a conclusion. Think about how to link your paragraphs using various connecting words. Then create a title for your article.
Write the first draft of your article and give it to your partners to comment on the flow of your ideas as well as to check for grammar and spelling mistakes.
Consider your partners' comments, add any new ideas and correct any mistakes. Then write the final draft and show your article to the class. Compare your articles.