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A step by step approach on how to gather information on current events and stories and be able to write opinions and express personal points of view


Ajarn Willard Van De Bogart - TESOL Certificate May 2003-SIT


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Chapter two:


How to gather information

Now that you have selected a theme for your story its time to gather more information to make your story more interesting and complete. In chapter one many sources of information were mentioned....i.e.:

Here area a few more ways to gather your information:

1. Facts - A fact is something that can be proven as true. You can find facts in non-fiction books, encyclopedias, magazines, product labels, scientific papers, police reports and many more.

Related Link:
Fact Monster - Almancs, encyclopedia, dictionaries and homework help.

2. Illustrations and Photographs can tell stories. Look at these Croos Country photographs of William Gedney.
Assignment 1:
Pick any photograph and write a story about it.

Photos of the USA 1967

3.Questions - Any question you can think of is a possible story. A good question can lead to many ideas and a very good story. Click on the Ask Jeeves LOGO and then ask any question and he will give you an answer.

Assignment 2:
Find answers to these questions using the Ask Jeeves search engine
1. How many people are on the planet earth?
2. What country grows the most orchids?
3. How many countries are on the planet?
4. How many automobiles were manufactured in Malaysia in 1998?

4. Statistics - Any numerical facts. Example: 98% of the human body is made up of water.
Example: Automobiles have four tires.

5. Visual aids - This is anything other than a photograph. This could be a poster, a piece of clothing or an old toy.

6. Examples - Anything that you can show or tell that can elaborate your topic. Maybe a story of your visit to the tallest building in Bangkok.

7. Definitions - Explaining the meaning of a word, or phrase, in more detail.

8. Analogies - Verbal comparisons of like things.

9. Interviews - Sometimes the best way to get information is by talking to someone. You can take notes by hand or use a tape recorder. Look at chapter two in the course book to get more ideas.

10. Cartoons - Cartoons are a very exciting, funny, and informative way to get information. In Chapter one there are many cartoons.
Assignment 3:
Go to Chapter one - Section IV - of the course book and describe as many cartoons as you can.
*Note:The very first cartoon is about the romance of Paradorn. What can you tell about his romance from this cartoon?

Chapter one | Chapter three

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