WHO’S TO BLAME?
You are writing a newspaper article reporting on the trial of Helen. She is accused of one count of adultery by her husband, King Menelaus and with one count of causing the destruction of Troy by Queen Hecuba and the women of Troy. You will present your argument on who is to blame for the Trojan War. Is it Helen or someone else? In your argument, you will present an argument against Helen, or evidence to exonerate her and convict someone else.
The introduction (paragraph one) builds a reader’s interest in the topic and gives an overview of the subject. This is the lead (sometimes written “lede”). It is the first sentence or paragraph, written to provide a preview of the entire article. It summarizes the story and includes many of the basic facts. The lead will help readers decide if they want to read the rest of the news article or if they are satisfied knowing these details. Therefore, you want to make the lead interesting to grab the attention of your reader.
Add quotations that contain facts from your research and quotes from people you have interviewed. The article should not contain your opinions. Be sure to give both sides of the trial.
In a news article, you should use the inverted pyramid format—putting the most critical information in the early paragraphs and following with supporting information that is less important. A news article does NOT have a concluding paragraph.
Be sure to include the following:
Use any of the readings from the semester as well as other research material
Use MLA format for in-text citations
A Works Cited page should follow MLA format but is not counted in the 3-4 pages
Use size 12 font
Use Arial, Times New Roman, or Comic Sans
Your paper should be 3-4 pages in length (750-1000 words)
Correct grammar and spelling are expected
WHO’S TO BLAME?