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How to Write an Article

In your English course you may be asked to write articles about various issues. Furthermore, you might be expected to write an article for an exam.

How to Write an Article

In these tasks you are specifically asked to

  • provide an introduction.
  • give a presentation of the issue.
  • discuss the issue.
  • give a conclusion.
  • make a suitable title.

Even if there is a great variety of article genres, they have in common that they should be fact-oriented, stick to the point and have a certain degree of formality and objectivity. They usually contain all the elements listed in the frame above. Utdanningsdirektoratet has provided examples of formats for articles on their web pages.

An article is a piece of writing on a particular subject which is written for publication in a magazine or newspaper. However, when asked to write an article at school or in an exam you are expected to write an essay or paper (in Norwegian, “a stil”) unless a particular type of article is specified e.g. a newspaper article . You might find this link useful if you are asked to write this type of article (i.e.paper or essay) How to Write an Essay.

If you are specifically asked to write a newspaper article, we suggest you watch this animation:

En feil oppsto ved lasting av en ekstern ressurs.
En feil oppsto ved lasting av en ekstern ressurs.

If you are asked to write a Letter to the Editor (leserbrev/lesarbrev), we suggest that you watch this animation:

This site describes very simply and step-by-step how to go about writing all kinds of articles. It even allows you to submit your article and get feedback. How to write articles.

When writing articles and papers, you often have to do some research by consulting sources. Remember that your sources should be reliable. Furthermore, you must not forget that you should be as independent as possible of the wording in your source. In order to avoid being a "copycat", you should watch this video on Plagiarism.

If you want to know more about citing of sources, check this site (explanation in Norwegian) Kildebruk.

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