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Phil, a professional a BMX rider and journalist for ‘Ride’ magazine, explains how he puts together an article on the Backyard Jam, one of the biggest events in the BMX calendar. He describes some of the techniques he uses to produce a punchy first paragraph that will grab the reader’s attention and plays around with vocabulary and structure to vary the impact and tone of the article.
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4 October 2007

Classroom Ideas

The writer shows how an opening paragraph can be developed by using alliteration and descriptive qualities. The class could discuss the effectiveness of the alliteration, as well as the exaggeration used for humorous effect.

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