English Writing Skills- Article for Class 10 English Communicative
Students of class 10 must be well versed with Article writing because it carries a lot of marks weightage in the Communicative English exam. Here you can check out the format of an article, sample questions on article writing, useful tips to follow while writing an article, word limit and marks allotted to article writing questions for Class 10 students of Communicative English.
What is an article?
An article is a long piece of composition which can be written on a variety of topics related to sports, medicine, politics, literature, philosophy and so on.
The main idea is to provide information, ideas, and opinions to the readers in a logical and systematic manner. Articles are generally published in newspapers, magazines and journals:
Essentials Of A Good Article
Here are a few points which will help one to write a good article.
- First and foremost, one should do good research on the topic because it will help develop good content for the article. As you cannot do research while you are in the examination hall, having good knowledge of current affairs and prior regular reading of newspapers can be helpful.
- A catchy, relevant and proper headline must be selected that will grab the attention of the reader at once and arouse his interest to read further.
- An article should essentially consist of at least three paragraphs. The first paragraph is the introduction. It should comprise of a few sentences and should give the reader a glimpse of the main ideas or concepts which will be discussed later in the article. It is meant to give a hint about the content of the article.
- The main body of the article may comprise one or more paragraphs and deal with all the details related to the topic. It should encompass various ideas, facts, problems (if any related to the topic) and all the relevant information. The paragraphs should be in a flow so that they are linked to each other and are related to the main topic being discussed. An incident or example may be included to support the main topic.
- Conclusion of the article should contain a brief summary of the entire article and it always appears at the end. A positive closing sentence helps to create a lasting impression on the reader.
- Proofread the article and check grammatical or spelling errors.
- While writing an article for a newspaper or magazine the name of the writer is also mentioned after the heading right in the beginning or at the end.
Class 10 English Communicative Article writing question details
- Word limit is prescribed as 150 words, which shall be religiously followed to avoid deduction of marks.
- The article carries 8 marks. The marks are allotted as follows:
Useful tips for writing an article-
- Give a title that catches the attention of the reader.
- Begin with a striking opening sentence that attracts the readers and gets them interested to read further.
- Introduce a new point at the beginning of each paragraph to strengthen your ideas.
- Present a strong argument for your ideas supporting it with evidence or elaboration.
- Use linking words (however, therefore, although, even though, in order to…) to form a coherent composition.
- Use passive voice, humour, emotive language, rhetorical questions to provide a specific effect. The humour should however be subtle and must not overpower the article.
- Develop your ideas as much as you can, to make them interesting and substantial.
- Conclude with your strongest point.
- Clarity of writing can be ensured only by knowing the purpose of writing and your audience.
- Do not add too many quotations. It takes away the essence of the article.
- Remember to proofread and edit your writing.
- Adhere to the given word limit.
Article writing examples
Let us look at some examples-
Q1 By 2050, India will be amongst the countries which will face acute water shortage. You are highly alarmed and terrified of the future world without water. So write an article on ‘Save Water – Are we doing enough?’ for the local daily, in 150 words.
Save Water- Are we doing enough?
“Water-the elixir of life’. As water scarcity is prevalent all around in the metro cities, the situation is alarming. Water is essential for life, i.e., plant life, animal life as well as human life. Man’s body is 70% water. It is also needed for many human activities, such as cooking and washing.
What would the future be without water? Are we doing enough to save it? Perhaps not. Human callousness towards the misuse of water is taking him to a dungeon of its scarcity. Water pollution is also a contibuting factor because the high level of contamination renders it unfit for human consumption.
The need of the hour is to use it judiciously. One should utilize used water for plants. Everyone should stop washing cars with running water. A pledge should be taken to conserve this universal solvent. The motto of ‘Save Water -Save Life’ should be understood.
Q2 Teenagers are full of energy as well as ideas. Write an article, in 150 words, on
How to Channelise the Energy of the Teenagers?”. You are Tejinder/Simran. You may use the following clues:
Teenagers curious-full of questions-question elders-sometimes even wrongly- generation gap-may go astray-effect on society-how to channelise-productive hobbies-social work-sports-part-time, etc.
How to Channelise the Energy of Teenagers?
The energy and curiosity of teenaged individuals is high and needs to be carefully directed. At times, these young adults question their elders, sometimes even wrongly, and try to make their own decisions. Influence of cinema and media promotes rash behaviour to be heroic.
In channelising a teenager’s energy, the parents and the mentor in schools play the most important roles. Guidance about right and wrong things, knowledge of their culture and stories of courage and good manners, engagement in positive and social activities apart from academics can be encouraged. Motivate them to take part in productive hobbies, social work, part-time jobs and sports of their interest. Art, culture and literature are also avenues for using the youth energy. Most important of all, educational institutions should be a place where they have the freedom to express, develop confidence and skills, and imbibe good behaviour and discipline.
The dynamic energy of the youth needs to be channelised positively and not politically or by media.
Q3 You are an active member of the Animals Lovers’ Club of your school which works for preventing cruelty to animals. Write an article, in 150 words, for your school magazine emphasising the need to co-exist peacefully with animals. You are Zaheeda / Zahir of P.K. Senior Secondary School, Hyderabad.
Stop Cruelty Towards Animals
Cruelty towards animals, both tamed and untamed, is prevalent all over the world. Those who rear animals for commercial purposes, confine them, make them starve and hit them too. The living conditions of these animals are pathetic and they are kept in confinement.
It is important that stringent laws are made and enforced, to protect all animals. To better protect communities, work should be done to increase public awareness of these crimes.
The simplest action is for people to take care of their own pets and educate others on proper animal care. Another easy way to help is by donating to or volunteering at a local animal shelter. By writing letters, you can remind your local lawmakers that animal abuse is a real problem that needs to be addressed.
It is our duty to be the voice for creatures who cannot speak up for themselves. As a nation, we need to make it our priority to come together and ensure the safety of our beloved animals with whom we share the mother earth.
Q4 India is a tourist’s dream destination. Give your views on the tourism potential of India in an article, in 150 words. You are Navtej/Navita.
places of worship – religious tourism – foreigners – places of historical interest- the rich hill stations during summers – the sun-kissed beaches in winters – leisure tourism – medical tourism – world class hospitals.
India- A Dream Destination
India is a land of diversity-Diversity of culture, religion, language, food, occupation. Besides this, exquisite monuments and temples together with archaeological finds for the tourists make India a travelers delight. Being the birthplace of many religions like Buddhism, Jainism and Hinduism, India is also an ideal place for religious tourism. Places like Bodhgaya, Shirdi, and Rishikesh are thriving because of religious tourism.
India has an array of destinations to offer- beautiful beaches, forests and wildlife, snow capped peaks, rivers and mountain peaks for adventure tourism, technological parks and science museums for science tourism, centres of pilgrimage for spiritual tourism, heritage trains and hotels for heritage tourism. A new growth sector is medical tourism. It is currently growing steadily with world class hospitals. Yoga, ayurveda and natural health resorts also attract tourists.
Indian tourism has vast potential for generating employment and earning large sums of foreign exchange besides giving a boost to the country’s overall economic and social development. Much has been achieved by way of increasing trains and railway connectivity to important tourist destinations, four-lane roads connecting important tourist centres and increasing availability of accommodation by adding heritage hotels to the hotel industry and encouraging paying guest accommodation.
Q5 Write an article, in 150 words, on how we can make India a carefree and enjoyable place for women when they can go wherever they like to without any fear of being stared at, molested or discriminated against. You are Navtej/Navita.
Women safety in India
Since time immemorial, women are the vulnerable section and their safety and security has been a matter of concern. With the evolving times, they have started moving out of the houses and so, the need to be proactive and to avoid mishaps has become vital. When we turn the pages of a newspaper, we come across many headlines reporting cases of molestation, harassment, trafficking, ill treatment of women in houses, violence against women in remote areas, etc. Although the times have changed, the change has not yet affected the mindset of our people.
We have several laws for protection of women but we need to create social awareness about these issues. Being biologically weak, women must accept and understand the creation of nature. We must respect our limitations and make ourselves strong accordingly. Making the women capable of self-defence, financially free and self-reliant is the need of the hour. Only when these measures are taken, the world can become a carefree and enjoyable place for women.
Q6 Emotionally as well as intellectually, a woman is as good as a man if not better. Yet we don’t allow her the same status as a man enjoys in society. Write an article, in 150 words, on ‘Status of Women in Society’. You are Navtej/Navita.
Status of Women in Society
God has made a women to be a procreator. She is strong and fierce, more powerful than the man. However, in order to create a balance between the genders, our society considers men to be at a higher level. The woman is always subordinate to him. From time immemorial, women have been subjected to torture, exploitation, abuse and neglect, just to bring about this balance.
Even today, when we talk of gender equality, we do see that there is bias at workplaces. We are struggling for equal pay for equal work. Slogans like beti bachao beti padhao indicate the present situation of the society which detests begetting a daughter. On the contrary, our religion treats her as a goddess by names like Lakshmi, Durga, Gauri too. One of the several factors that justify the greatness of India’s ancient culture is the honourable place granted to women.
In modern India, women have adorned high offices, run big businesses and also become religious preachers.
The status of women will be uplifted when a woman stands for another woman. We have to promote sisterhood, united we stand, divided we fall.
Q7 On the occasion of Earth Day, you participated in various eco-friendly campaigns initiated by your school. Write an article, in about 150 words, for your school magazine giving details of these campaigns and the impact on you. You are Akshay Akshita of Brightland Public School.
Earth Day Celebrations
Why do we celebrate Earth Day? It is to remind us what a beautiful gift we have been given in the form of planet earth.
Man has ruthlessly used and depleted the earth’s resources. Depletion of the ozone layer, cyclones, flash floods, earthquakes, tsunami, forest fires, global warming, deforestation, etc. are some of the ill-effects. All this is bringing the doom’s day nearer. Days like the Earth Day remind us to be caring and loving to the earth.
This Earth Day, our school had a series of enlightening lectures on the theme ‘Save Earth’ by the famous environmentalist Dr Ramakant Mishra. Poster making competition, planting saplings, cleanliness drive in and around the school were also organised. Special screening of James Cameroon’s movie ‘Avatar’ was also conducted to create awareness of the importance of saving earth. Many students pledged to do their share to help the planet. Students were made aware of how little acts like switching off lights and fans when not in use, stop using plastic bags, saving fuel by walking small distances, recycling paper can go a long way in saving the earth. Let us pledge to save earth this Earth Day.
Q8 India is a land of diversity. One way in which it makes us feel proud of it is the number of festivals we enjoy. Write an article, in 150-200 words, on ‘Festivals of India’. You are Karuna Karan.
Festivals of India
India is a land of fairs and festivals. People belonging to different communities and different religions live here, therefore, many festivals are celebrated regularly every year. Among these festivals, some are religious, some are based on seasons while some are of national importance. The commonality being the great enthusiasm in a colourful atmosphere.
Diwali, Dussehra, Raksha Bandhan, Id-ul-Fitr. Id-ul-Zuha, Christmas, Mahavir Jayanti, Guru Nanak Jayanti, Ganesh Chaturthi, etc. are the religious festivals of India. These festivals are celebrated by different communities, but they are celebrated as a whole. We can see festive atmosphere everywhere in India.
Holi, Baisakhi, Basant Panchami. Bihu, Pongal, Onam, etc. are seasonal or harvest festivals. During the harvest festival, the farmers worship the sun, the earth and the cattle as thanks giving for a bounteous harvest.
Then comes our national festivals-The Independence Day. The Republic Day and Gandhi Jayanti. These festivals are celebrated by all communities throughout the country. The Independence Day celebrated on 15th August every year reminds us of those numerous freedom fighters that made the Britishers leave the country. Our long-cherished dream of freedom came true. All these days are observed with great national feeling. On The Republic day, a colourful parade starts from Vijay Chowk which ends at the Red Fort.
The festivals make our life colourful. People come together to welcome with open arms and forget the narrow differences. Festivals are very important and they must be celebrated with pomp.
Q9 In certain states of India there is a great imbalance in the male female ratio. This is the result of special treatment given to boys in the family. Why is it so? How can we change this mindset? Write an article, in 150-200 words, on ‘Gender Discrimination in Society’. You are Karuna/Karan.
Gender Discrimination in Society
India is a male dominant society. Men enjoy certain privileges over women. Birth of a boy is celebrated, whereas a girl’s birth is considered a curse. It is a pity that in a country where women are said to be worshiped, there is widespread discrimination Even before they are born, injustice is meted out to them in this male chauvinistic world in varying degrees. Certain brutal practices like female foeticide throw light on our attitude. The girl child is considered a liability and doesn’t enjoy the privileges of a boy. She is denied the advantages of proper education. The dowry system haunts parents and the harassment she is subjected to at the in-laws often force her to commit suicide. Even in enlightened homes, women have to live their life under surveillance, if not in strict purdah. Working women are physically and verbally abused, denied opportunities of growth and subjected to discrimination.
Social evils like dowry system, honour killing, human trafficking, societal dogmas, etc. take a toll on women. Only education and economic independence can empower women; Proper law making and execution, spreading awareness, exemplary punishment for the predators, etc., surely will bring positive changes. Women need to be empowered instead of treating them as a helpless victim of male chauvinism.
Let us live, let her live and let us help her live in a better developed society.
Q10 For admission to colleges, there is a lot of competition today. For one available seat, there are hundreds of candidates. Such a situation leads to stress on the minds of students in the schools. However, the practice of Yoga can help them feel calm and stress-free. Write an article, in 150-200 words, on the topic, ‘Importance of Yoga to Students’. You are Karan/Karuna.
Importance of Yoga to Students
Yoga is a holistic method of fitness that aims at balancing the body through various poses and meditative techniques. It aims at all-round health and improves all systems of the body. It is suitable for any age group.
Yoga can have great importance for students. Students these days have to face competition. To reach the number-one spot has become a priority for everyone. There is a mad rush among hundreds of candidates to get that one available seat in college. All this creates stress among students. This is where yoga helps. The practice of yoga can help them feel calm and stress-free.
The benefits of yoga for students can be manifold. Yoga makes students flexible, helping them remain fit. Some particular asanas like surya namaskars increase the blood flow to the brain, helping the brain to function better. Regularly practising yoga also helps students to concentrate better and train the body to do things unconsciously. Breathing exercises in yoga or pranayama are also very helpful to students. They help in removing stress and tension from their minds and reducing behavioural problems. It keeps their mind healthy and decreases physical ailments. Yoga also helps in reducing depression, a by-product of stress. It calms the mind and helps students concentrate better.
Meditation skills also help students focus on important things. Seeing the benefits of yoga, the United Nations has declared 21 June as the International Day of Yoga and it is celebrated worldwide since the year 2015. So, with these umpteen benefits rolled into one, let us make yoga a part of our life.
ere are a few Practice Questions on Article writing-
Q1 As the number of private cars has increased, so has the level of pollution in many cities. Write an article, in about 150-200 words, discussing the increasing pollution and the ways to tackle this increasingly common problem. You are Rashid Ali, a student of Class X of Indira Public School, Jamshedpur.
Q2 You are Satish/Shweta, working in an NGO that is working for the upliftment of socio-economic conditions of child labourers by counseling their parents and helping children to go to school. You find it appalling that many people in educated society, for their own benefit, want the practice of child labour to continue. Write an article on the role of educated society in curbing child labour.
Q3 You are Mamta Mohan. You find corruption, the biggest impediment in the development of a nation. You strongly believe that youth can play a very important role in fighting the menace of corruption. Write an article on the “Role of Youth in Fighting Corruption”.
Q4 Write an article, in 150-200 words, on vocational training as part of the school curriculum expressing your views on its need in the present scenario and suggesting steps to make it successful.
Q5 Most of the students remain glued to television resulting in a lack of activity. Although the introduction of comprehensive assessment makes it necessary for them to participate in one activity or the other, a majority of them try to avoid sports and games. Write an article, in 150-200 words, on the need for making sports and games compulsory for students in schools. You are Praveen/Priya.
Q6 Computer games and video games have become popular with children today. As a result, outdoor games seem to have no place in their life anymore. You are Satish/Sakshi. You had the opportunity of playing Hide-n-Seek when you visited your cousins in a small town. You decide to write an article on your experiences about the joys of playing outdoor games for the school magazine. Write the article in 150-200 words.
Q7 “Fast food may tickle our taste buds, but it harms our health in more ways than we can count.” When fast food fanatic Anita heard her doctor say these words, she was horrified and she immediately decided to junk fast food. Not only that, she even took on the responsibility of spreading awareness about the harmful effects of fast food. As a first step, she decides to write an article for a newspaper on “Junk the Fast Food”. Write the article for her, in about 150-200 words.
Q8 You are Raman/Ruchika. Write an article, in 150-200 words, for your school magazine on the topic. Life without Modern Gadgets”.
Q9 India is a tourists’ paradise. But we have not really exploited our tourism possibilities. Write an article, in about 150-200 words, on Tourism in India. You are Ravi/Rani.
Q10 People live a hectic life and hardly get time to interact with each other. Most of the free time is spent interacting online. The real social interaction has gotten lost somewhere. Write an article, in 150-200 words, expressing your views and suggesting measures to change the situation. You are Raghav/Riya.