Sophomore English Writing: Week 4

Learn English Writing

What did we do last week?

  • reviewed basic articles and completed some practice questions
  • practiced sentence writing by using articles correctly and avoiding dull text by using synonyms for verbs (goat, wolf and cabbage puzzle)
  • started feedback on first drafts

What did you write so far in the writing class?

Written Work

– Creative story based on a picture prompt; focus on first sentence, voice, idea and organisation.

– Mini saga: focus on idea, voice, organisation, precise word choice.

– Man with a boat: focus on articles and word choice.

Direct Teaching

noun modifiers

– definite and indefinite articles

– good first sentences

Other Stuff

– write faster with fluency activities (timed repeated writing)

– improve understanding of sentences with punctuation activities

This Week

New Writing Assignment

Write the first draft for writing assignment #4. It’s a story about a boy who goes on a trip. The purpose is to improve idea, organisation, the first sentence, word choice, and conventions.

The exercise has a second purpose. I want students to learn and practice writing complex sentences.

Here is the picture prompt for this exercise.

Rewriting the First Draft

You now have three different pieces of writing. Most of them are a first draft. This week, we will spend 1 to 2 hours just rewriting your previous work. 

Nothing to do?

Students who finish early might want to complete these exercises in order to review material we studied before.

Add punctuation to a text about the history of coffee.

Do some more practice questions with the proper use of articles. Try stories 4 and 5 first.

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