The Olympic games 2012 The Olympic games is a international event and cultural festival, which features over 26 different sports and has over 200 nations participating in each tournament.Originally from Olympia, Greece the Ancient Olympics Games has now been running since 776 B.C. Only free men could participate, unlike now with many different races, genders and ages eligible, the Olympics is an event that most of the world can enjoy.
The Olympics is held every four years and is held in different countries every time, in 2008 it was held in beijing this year it is being held in london. The next time the olympics will occur it will be the year 2016, we don't know where it will be until the Olympic games are over.
The Olympic Flag has five intersecting rings which are red, black, green, blue and yellow. The rings are displayed on a white background. They represent the five areas of the world that compete in the games; Asia, Africa, Australia, the Americas and Europe. Baron de Coubertin designed the flag in 1914 for the 1920 Olympics in Belgium. Another symbol is the Olympic torch, which is burned throughout the tournament. It was originally carried out to represent the rebirth of Greek heroes.
The host city is responsible for organizing and funding a celebration of the Games consistent with the Olympic Charter. The Olympic program, consisting of the sports to be contested at the Games, is also determined by the IOC. The celebration of the Games contains many rituals and symbols, such as the Olympic flag and torch, as well as the opening and closing ceremonies. Over 13,000 athletes compete at the Summer and Winter Olympics in 33 different sports and nearly 400 events. The first, second, and third place finishers in each event receive Olympic medals: gold, silver, and bronze, respectively.
The Games have grown in scale to the point that nearly every nation is represented. Such growth has created numerous challenges, including boycotts, doping, bribery of officials, and terrorism. Every two years, the Olympics and its media exposure provide unknown athletes with the chance to attain national, and in particular cases, international fame. The Games also constitute a major opportunity for the host city and country to showcase itself to the world.
This year we will be very excited and supportive of our country New Zealand and hope we get some gold medals again. By Logan Sheeran

Use these links and documents to investigate newspaper writing in its many different forms.
First the sheets you have in your folders and then these will be helpful.

Writing a Feature Article

What to do before writing your article:

1. Choose a topic

Sometimes it's difficult to come up with a topic that you feel inspired to write about. If I still don't have a subject I feel passionate about, I
will visit forums, read newsletters or the newspaper or magazines related to my field of interest. I may also talk to friends to see what they are interested in reading about.

2. Keyword research

Another goal of article writing is to make your article search engine friendly. This means including searchable
keywords that search engines will spider. Therefore researching appropriate keywords before weaving them into
your article is crucial.

Use the keyword suggestion tool at to find which words or phrases are searched on most often. It will display the top results for both overture and wordtracker.

Include your researched keywords into your article being careful not to repeat them so often that it won't read
smoothly. You want to your article to appeal to your readers also.

3. Article length - begin with just writing out your article without worrying too much about the length. It's more important to let all your ideas flow out of your mind first. If you think it's getting too long split it up into two or more articles. It's often easier to write a short
article of 500 words than one of 1000 words.

Most article publishers prefer articles between 500 to 800 words and will not accept articles any longer than that.
Others prefer longer articles over 800 words so check with the publisher before you submit your article for publication.

You can easily check how long your article is by placing it in MS Word. Then go to "tools" - "word count" to get a read
out of the length

1. Create an outline for your article

Your article should include a headline, introduction, body and a conclusion.

Headline - make this as catchy as possible because your reader will read this first then decide if he or she will continue reading the rest of the article. i.e.

"7 Highly Effective Ways to Gain Instant Traffic
to Your Web Site".

Introduction - introduce the problem you will be discussing in your article or write a short story of your experience
with the problem.

Body - discuss all the solutions to the problem you outlined in the introduction. Break up each point into separate paragraphs and keep them to about 5 lines. You may want to create a sub-heading for each point. This makes it easier to read as most people will scan your article when reading it.

Conclusion - this should include a brief summary of your article and may be a call for the reader to take action.

Resources - I sometimes include this section if I haven't included it already within the body of the article. I want
the reader to quickly access the resources without having to re-read the article.

Write with style - write in an informal style, like you would explain your topic to a friend. Don't worry too much
about correcting mistakes or how it sounds. This may interrupt the flow of thoughts you want to write about. You
can always correct them later.

3. Take a break

After you have written the article, come back to it afterseveral hours, a day or several days. This will enable you
to take a fresh look at it, find new mistakes or even want to rewrite a paragraph or two to make it flow better.

4. Check your article

After writing your article, run it through a spell checker first, then read it through a few times to check for spelling mistakes the spell checker may have missed and to correct the grammar and punctuation. Make sure it flows well by clearly identifying the problem, providing a
solution and concluding with an action step or steps. Get someone else to read it over. Often they will find the mistakes that you missed.

5. Format your article

You will need to format your sentence length at 60-65 words per line before submitting it for publication. This will
enable people to read it easily.

Writing an Editorial

You need to organise your information in 4 steps. Don't use "I believe". Reword the sentence to make a strong statement.

  1. State the subject and your position on the subject in the introduction.
  2. Discuss opposing points of view.
  3. Prove your position with supporting details.
4.Draw a conclusion

You need to develop a strong conclusion which may be your proposal of a good idea or a solution to the issue.

Here is a good link to look at

Writing Activity -
Remember there are many different types of writing, known as genres.

Writing to describe an event will be different from writing to describe a person and their characteristics. But these will be completely different again from a report in Science or recalling events for a news article.

We will try to cover as many of these as possible in our continuing writing programme.

A rule of thumb when beginning a short writing task is to specify a clear PURPOSE, AUDIENCE and FORM:
What language you will use. E.g instruct, explain, describe, argue, persuade, recommend, propose, invite, seek adviceā€¦.

Who are you doing this for or to. E.g.

  • a member of your class
  • your parents
  • for an adult to apply the knowledge to a practical problem
  • a professional academic
What shape the writing should take. E.g. a letter, memo, dialogue, skit.