More number of function words was used in the second article compare to the second article. Function words were described in the 2nd page of class #2: Words and Word Classes. Verbs, nouns, pronouns, were used in high percentage by the author in order to describe the fatality and recovery of her father from an accident.
The above three differences discussed shows the importance of the usage of grammar in day-to-day life. Words like thinking, excited, etc., usage of articles, function words, objective predicative, lexical words, etc., gives meaning to the descriptive methodologies. They provide different dimensions to express one's thoughts in phrases.
Ellen Goodman. (2006) Much ado about the Tom Kitten. Washington Post. August 3.
Agence France-Presse. US soldiers shot prisoners in Iraq, private testifies. Agence France-Presse. August 3.
Biber, D., Conrad, S. and Leech, G. (2002) Longman Student Grammar of Spoken and Written English. Essex: Pearson Education