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  1. Purpose: Why write the article?
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  3. What message do you have?
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  2. Introduction of the topic
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  4. When writing, remember to use facts, pictures, illustrations, etc to convince or persuade the audience
  5. Give recommendations;
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  10. Use correct grammar, preferably with short easy-to-understand sentences tailored to the point.