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How to Write a News Story

STEP-BY-STEP ADVICE FROM PROFESSIONALS

by Emmy Huang

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place. Follow these step-by-step instructions, and soon you'll acquire the writing skills of a journalist. But maybe you're not quite up to the challenge of this. Don't stress-there are other useful skills you can master. After all, you never know when you might need to write a poem, teach a class, curl someone's hair, or act out a scene. Just take it slow, and remember:never give up.

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How To

Act Out a Scene

Like An Actress

Plays and Musicals are exciting to watch and enjoy. You wish you could be in one. Think again. Acting takes a lot of work and only devoted, enthusiastic, and passionate people can become good actresses. If you’re still considering being an actress, read on and find out how to act.

2.Study your lines.

When studying your lines, you can add notes to your script to remind you what to do. Practice every night so you know/memorize it. Act how your character would act when practice and rehearsing your script. If you don’t know what a word means, search it up.

1.Auditioning.

You should audition for a character that has a similar personality as you. This will make it easier to act that part. Also, make sure you like the part you’re auditioning for. After all, what’s the point if you’re not enjoying it?

3.Preparing to perform.

Have a positive attitude before the play. What could possibly go wrong anyway? You’ve been practicing for months. Even if you are nervous, it’s a-OK. And remember, if you mess up, don’t show it and the audience will never know that it happened.

5.After the performance.

If you feel that you did well, congratulate yourself. You should be very proud. If you didn’t do so nicely, don’t feel bad. You can always try again next time! Either way, you should still feel good because you made it through the show.

4.Performing.

When performing, show the character’s emotions and make sure everyone can see. This makes the act seem more realistic. When you go on stage, get in the moment, don’t just start worrying about all your other problems, like romantic issues.

How To

Paint a Painting

Like a Painter

Have you ever wondered who made those paintings on museum walls? Painters. Painters have a lot of skill. To be so skilled so that their paintings are put in museums is hard. So most painters are not as skilled. If you just want to paint for fun:

2.Get started.

You should sketch out your painting first. As you go, you should mix the colors. Usually, you paint the background first because it helps you make it balanced/neat.

1.Get what you need.

You can use watercolor(rounded tip brush & watercolor paper), Acrylic paint (flat-tipped brush & stretched canvas), oil paint(filbert tip & stretched canvas), or just be resourceful and use the things you have to make paint. You need a cup of water to cleanse your brushes and a paint tray to put your paint on or mix it.

3.Painting.

Here are some tips for painting: Go from light to dark, that way if you mess up, it’s easy to correct. Also, focus on one thing at a time. Remember, NEVER give up.

5.Enjoy your masterpiece.

After you are done painting, sign it. Then, you can hang it up on a wall and you could see it every day. You could also use it as a present to someone.

4.Add extra features.

Make your painting come to life, include texture. Short strokes with your brush look like fur, while long strokes will flatten the paint.

How To

Bake A Cake

Like A Baker

You’re eating those delicious cakes. Bakers make these cakes for your special occasions. They use ingredients and mix them to make cakes. Whether it’s a wedding cake or a birthday cake, it is made with care. So the next time you want a homemade cake, here are some tips:

2.Get Ingredients.

Go get the ingredients to make your cake. If you are above sea level a lot here’s some tips: you don’t need as much sugar(subtract 1-3 tablespoons per cups of sugar), add an additional egg, decrease ¼ teaspoons of baking soda for each teaspoon you need, add more water(1-2 tablespoons of liquid per cup), and increase temperature by 25 degrees F.

1.Altitude.

How high up are you? Most cake recipes are made and designed for sea level, so if you live up high(like in Colorado), you will need some adjustments. High up, cakes will rise more easily and lose moisture really quickly.

3.Make mix.

Use your ingredients to make your mix. Use should use your recipe to make it. But when making it, remember to keep the tips in mind. Tip: If you make wrong, you can redo it. Never give up, “practice makes perfect”.

5.Decorating.

You can decorate your cake however you want, just what makes you happy. You can also make the cake for someone else and decorate it differently. If it came out bad, do it again, “Repetition is key”.

4.Baking.

When setting the oven, remember you bake different cakes differently. You bake butter cakes at 350 degrees, while you bake souffles at 375 degrees and cheesecakes at 325 degrees. You also might have to bake it for different times.For example, souffles bake for 20-25 minutes(until it is brown and slightly puffed)and you bake carrot cakes for 45-50 minutes.

How To

Fill a Cavity

Like a Dentist

Most people consult their dentists if they have a cavity. A cavity is very easy to get and is a decayed part of your tooth. Dentists treat problems that have to do with the parts of your mouth. Being a dentist is hard work, and you will have many patients. The next time you’re considering being a dentist, follow these basic steps to fill a cavity:

2.Numbing the tooth.

An anesthetic gel will be put on the cavity. The gel will reduce the pain when the tooth is being filled.

1.Locating the cavity.

The cavity is usually black and is visible to the eye. Once your dentist has located the decay, he/she will decide what kind of filling they will use for the cavity. You might have to get an X-ray is the amount of decay is not clear.

3.Prepare the tooth.

You should put a rubber sheet fixed on a metal frame that covers the rest of the mouth. A hole is drilled in the rubber dam so the tooth shavings won’t get in your mouth.

5.Check the bite and anatomy.

This is the last step. You need to check the bite and anatomy to make sure the tooth goes back to its normal function.

6.Take care of your teeth.

You should tell the patient to brush their teeth with fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day. Also, you should floss once a day also.

4.Filling the tooth.

You should fill the tooth with the filling that suits your cavity. Fillings include amalgam(classic), composite(made of powdered glass and acrylic resin), gold, porcelain(similar to gold), resin, or glass ionomer. To fill the cavity, your dentist will then drill the decayed area into a special box shape so he/she can fill your tooth.

How To

Plant a Field

Like a Farmer

You eat food? Where does this food come from? Farmers. Farmers plant crops to supply you with corn, melons, squash, cucumbers, and other sources of food. Be Eco-friendly and plant a garden in your yard.

2.Lay off rows.

For farmers who are just beginning with not much equipment or expertise, use a how or plow and create a slightly raised bed in the soil. Next, make a shallow grove cut into the soil. This is where you’ll plant your seeds.

4.Maintain your crops.

If the ground becomes full of rainfall or weeds, it becomes a problem.  So keep the soil loose around the roots without damaging the roots which would definitely ruin the crop. To remove weeds, add mulch.

3.Plant your seeds.

Select what you are planting. If you are planting tender/juicy plants(ex. Beans, peas, melons, squash, cucumbers)plant them ¾-1 inch deep. Corn & potatoes should be planted 2 ½ -3 ½ inches deep. Then you gently pack down the soil so the seed doesn’t dry out.

1.Break the ground.

Use a plow or tiller pulled by a tractor to cover the plants from a previous crop. If there is a smaller piece of land, you can use a shovel.

5.Harvesting.

When you see that your crops are ripe, you can harvest them. Common garden vegetables continue to produce throughout the season with proper care and grains  should be harvested when dry on the plant/fully ripe.

How to

Curl Hair

Like a Hair stylist

Hair stylists style hair. From braids to ponytails, they always know how to do it. Each style of hair is unique in its own way. Hair stylists have to be experienced at a lot of kinds of style. Learn this basic skill, curling hair:

2.Comb hair.

Bush your hair to remove the tangles and knots. This way, you will make your curling hair easier.

6.Release hair.

Release your hair slightly. Then, slowly angle the iron so that the tip is facing up and the handle down. Then release the curl. Then repeat steps 3, 5, and 4 until your hair looks how you want it to look.

4.Curls-deciding.

Big or small curls-it’s your choice to make. To make big curls start by curling away from the face when on step 5. To make tight curls, twist your hair before you wrap it, then follow step 5.

3.Take a section of hair and spritz it with protectant spray.

Separate a section of your hair from the rest(about as wide as the barrel of the curling iron). Then, comb it again and spritz it with a heat-protection spray.

5.Wrap hair in iron.

Open the barrel and insert the hair(make sure you move the iron to like almost the ends). Wrap the section of hair several times and as you wrap it either keep it more or less horizontal. Stop when you want the curl to stop.

1.Make sure the hair is dry.

If you have wet hair it can cause burning and breakage of hairs. If it is not dry, wait until it is.

How To

Write A News Story

Like A Journalist

Where do you get the news? Whether you get it from the internet, newspaper, or magazine, you get it from journalists. Journalists take notes and write stories. The stories they(expert journalists)write are true and they research on multiple sites and compare information. To write your own interesting story:

2.Think about goals and objectives.

Ask yourself, “What will the readers want and need to know?” and “How can I tell the story best?” When you ask yourself these questions, it helps you write the story.

3.Do research.

Find out what sources you can trust and which you cannot. Fake news is out there, people! Research before interviewing anyone.

1.Select an eye-catching topic.

You are going to be doing a lot of research, so at least make it pleasurable. Remember to select a recent/significant event.

6.Editing.

Read and look through your first draft for weak spots and revise. Delete extra words/sentences/paragraphs. Check for grammar and spelling mistakes. You’re done!

4.Interviewing.

Prepare a list of questions to ask the person you are interviewing. Take notes. Ask the person to suggest other sources. Interview more people for further understanding.

5.First draft.
Have a clear focus before you start writing. Make a plan/outline of your story. Write your first draft following your plan. Of course, you can always change if necessary.

How To

Write a Poem

Like a Poet

Poets write poems. They write haikus, sonnets, limericks, and more. The poems can rhyme or they don’t have to. The poems have to be interesting to catch the reader's attention. Poets follow these basic steps:

2.Use figurative language.

Metaphors and similes add depth and variety to your poem which makes it more interesting. Using figurative language allows readers to paint a detailed picture in their mind.

1.Use concrete imagery.

Avoid the use of abstract imagery. You should describe nouns using your five senses. Concrete imagery makes things come alive for the reader.

3.Make it sound right.

Read it out loud and see how it sounds. Play with the word choice and change when wanted. Each line of your poem should flow into one another.

5.Revise and edit.

Read your poem out loud. If any lines are unclear, cut it from your poem and add a different one. Make sure each line contributes to the main theme/idea.

4.Get feedback on how you can improve your poem.

You can join a poetry writing class to help you improve. You can use this feedback and use it to help you revise your poem.

How To

Sew 

Like A Seamstress

Your clothes, your pants, your jackets are sewn together. Your everyday surroundings all have something made by a seamstress. If we didn’t have people who were specialized in sewing, what would we do? A lot of people know how to sew, so if you don’t, you should learn. You’ll have to learn some of these basic kinds of stitching:

2.Thread the needle.

Put one thread through the hole on the top of the needle. Then even out the threads. Tie a knot. To tie a knot just get the two ends of the string, make a circle and put the end(s) through the circle.

1.Get sewing tools.

You will need needles, scissors, measuring tape, thread, and fabric. If you want, you can also get thimbles so your thumbs don’t get sore and beeswax to strengthen your thread.

3.Running stitch.

Put the needle through the fabric, then pull. You will see that the needle is on the other side. After that, make a stitch ½ cm long and bring back up. Keep on going and you’ve got it.

5.Whip-stitch.

Start with your fabric folded in half. Then put your needle through the side with two opposite ends. Go around the fabric and come up to the side where the knot is and put your needle through the fabric about 1 cm away(left or right) and pull. Repeat.

4.Back-stitch.

Put the needle through the back side. Do one running stitch, then come back to where you start the stitch, then go twice as long a stitch(or just one stitch after the stitch you just made) and that’s it.

How To

Prepare To Teach a Class

Like a Teacher

Teachers teach all different sorts of classes. Reading, writing, math, you get the idea. They do it so you can be successful in life. But to teach one class takes a lot of work. If you want to be a teacher, read on and find out how to prepare for a class!

2.Draft things you will need.

These things include rubrics for assignments, rules, and schedules to when to have the assignments. You can also determine learning objectives.

1.Brainstorm.

Think up goals for you to accomplish and write these down. Goals can be serious, challenging, and even dynamic.

3.Think about how you will manage class time.

This is very important. If you don’t plan it carefully, you may have a bit of difficulties in class, but you’re ready to alternate class plans, right?

5.Write out your lesson plan.

If your lesson plan doesn’t work out you should be prepared to alter them. You don’t have to write them down unless you’re a new teacher.

6.Ask and learn.

Ask other instructors for how to teach the course. You will learn a lot. Learn who your students are and ask for their contact information. Slowly but surely, you will get to know them better.

4.Write an introduction.

Before you start the first day, you should make an introduction on what you will be doing that year and yourself. Remember to ask them if they have any questions afterward.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup red food coloring (2 ounces/60 grams)
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder (10 grams)
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening, or ¼ cup shortening and ¼ cup softened butter (65 to 67°F) (3.5 ounces/100 grams)
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar (10.5 ounces/300 grams)
  • 2 large eggs (6 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon/3.5 ounces/100 grams)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 1/2 cups sifted cake flour or 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, sifted (8.75 ounces/250 grams)
  • 1 cup buttermilk or sour milk (1 tablespoon white vinegar or lemon juice plus milk to equal 1 cup) (8.5 ounces/240 grams)
  • 1 tsp distilled white vinegar
  • 1 tsp baking soda

Cream Cheese Frosting Ingrdients

  • 1 cup cream cheese, softened (8 ounces/225 grams)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened, or Mascarpone cheese, at room temperature (65 to 67°F) (1 stick/4 ounces/115 grams)
  • 1 lb confectioners' sugar, sifted (4 cups/455 grams)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract



Recipe for making a Red velvet Cake


Nutrition Facts
Calories 431                                                                          Calories from fat 162
                                                                                                          Daily value %
Total Fat 18g                                                                                                    28%
     Saturated Fat 8g                                                                                          40%
Cholesterol 55mg                                                                                             18%
Sodium 296mg                                                                                                 12%
Potassium 78mg                                                                                                 2%
Total Carbohydrates 63g                                                                                   21%
     Sugars 49g                                             
Protein 4g                                                                                                          8%
*Percent Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Instructions

    • 1.Position a rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350°F (325°F for a convection oven). Grease and flour two 9- by 2-inch round or three 8- by 1½-inch round baking pans.

    • 2.To make the batter: In a small bowl, gradually stir the food coloring into the cocoa until smooth. Add the vanilla.

      3.In a large bowl, beat the shortening and sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.

    • 4.Beat in the eggs, one at a time.

    • 5.Beat well after each addition.

    • 6.Blend in the cocoa mixture and salt.

    • 7.Add the flour alternately with the buttermilk (4 portions for the flour; 3 portions for the milk) beginning and ending with the flour. Overbeating produces a tough cake.

    • 8.Stir the vinegar into the baking soda. (It will foam.) Quickly fold it -— do not beat -— into the batter.

    • 9.Immediately divide the batter equally between the prepared pans and place in the oven.

    • 10.Bake until a wooden tester inserted in the center comes out clean and the cake springs back when lightly touched, about 30 minutes for the 9-inch pans or about 25 minutes for the 8-inch pans. Do not over-bake or it will be dry.

    • 11.Let cool in the pans for 15 minutes, then remove the cakes to wire racks and let cool completely, at least 1½ hours.

    • 12.For thinner layers, the 9-inch rounds can be cut in half horizontally using a serrated knife. The cakes can be wrapped in plastic wrap and stored at room temperature for up to 2 days or the freezer for up to 2 months. Refrigerating or freezing the layers makes it easier to frost them without tearing or cracking.

    • 13.To make the cream cheese frosting: In a medium bowl, beat the cream cheese and butter until smooth, about 1 minute.

    • 14.Gradually add the sugar and beat until fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add the vanilla.

    • 15.To assemble: For 2 thick layers, leave the 9-inch rounds as is – for 4 thinner layers, cut them horizontally in half. Place a cake layer on a serving plate, spread with a layer of frosting. (Note - for 4 layer cake you will need more frosting, an extra half recipe should be enough).

    • 16.Frost, then arrange the next cake layer on top.

    • 17.Continue the layering, then spread the top and sides with the remaining frosting. Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.









































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