ESL Writing Fall 2018 Y1 W6

It’s week 6 of the semester. Time for one more holiday.

Hour 1

Notes (5)

  • My office hours have change: Tuesday 1-2 and Thursday 1-4
  • Midterm exam coming in two weeks: 1 hour test. Monday?
  • Next week will be exam review exam
  • This week is the last chance to give me your writing. I have to return all writing by the end of next week. You need that writing and feedback to prepare for the exam. So, I suggest you come to my office to get your paper if you have time.


Summary of the Writing Course (5)

Here are the writing skills we have learned and practiced:

  • strong first sentence with a creative story #1
  • add emotion and details #2 (show me, don’t tell me)
  • hero’s journey structure #3
  • analyze a story – think about organisation and structure (Death by Scrabble)
  • 4 kinds of sentences: appositives, simple, complex and compound
  • using the correct verb tense
  • editing skills (wordy sentences and unnecessary there is/there are)
  • paragraph editing (punctuation, spelling and articles)


Learn More Verbs (10)

A quick presentation to suggest that learning more verbs is good for you.


Part 1: Tiny Story (45)

This is a pair work writing exercise. It is challenging because you have to describe the action of a ball and line as they try to illustrate a concept. This exercise asks you to expand and improve your understanding of verbs.

  • Get the writing exercise and video here.
  • Watch the video a couple of times.
  • Work with a partner to write really accurate sentences.
  • Review sentences on the board.

Group A describe first six actions:

  • Begin, Dream, Listen, Learn, Wait, Find

Group B describe next six actions:

  • Love, Respect, Trust, Pledge, Share, Enjoy

Tiny Story from Sebas and Clim on Vimeo.


Hour 2

Quiz #1 Review (60)

Next week (week 7), you will have a quiz (Monday-Tuesday). The quiz is 10% of your final grade. 

The questions on the quiz will help you prepare for the midterm exam, so you are studying for two assessments.


Part 1  Paragraph Editing

Purpose: show me you know how to find and fix basic text errors.

You will get a paragraph with many kinds of mistakes. Rewrite the paragraph. There is no need to add sentences.

  • Add punctuation to create sentences.
  • Fix the errors (i.e. spelling, subject verb agreement, verb tense, sentence structure and paragraphs).
  • Divide the text to create short but useful paragraphs.

Click here to see the suggested answers.

Level 1

kids love lego thay make houses, tranes, and cars one man started lego he is from denmark his name was ole kirk in 1932, he started to make small things that kids could played with, like cars and hooses in 1934, he called his company lego that word means play well in 1947, ole saw sum plastic blocks from england to years later, he started making them they did not stayed togather not many peple liking them in 1958, he had an idea for a new kind of black he made blocks with dots and wholes when kids puts the dots into the holes, the blocks stayed together

Level 2

a computer moose is a small boxe its purposes are to move a line on a screem and helps users do work and play games where did the mouse come from the story of the mouse begins in 1967 the first mouse looks like a large block of would with a red button on top in 1973, a company calling xerox improves the mouse it was small, light and easy to use sixe years latter, steve jobs visiting xerox he sawed a special computer with advanced technology and software these machine used a mouse to touch small images on the screen the images opening file and programs

Level 3

heres a stories about money powers and love this is the story of coffe nobody nose when coffee was first maid we do know that the coffee business started in the middle east in the 1300s by the 1600s, coffee was poppular in Europe some people in europe wanted there own coffee trees that was a problem coffee trees only growed in the middle east the people who controlled these trees didn’t want to selling them in the late 1600s, a dutch company taked some coffee seed and planted them on some warm islands in indonesia today, that country is the worlds fourth larger coffee growers


Part 2  One Paragraph

Purpose: show me you can write a short passage with basic writing skills

Pick one thing. It might be a person, place or thing. Write exactly one paragraph and describe that thing. Your error-free paragraph should have three parts:

  1. An interesting first sentence. It makes the reader want to read more.
  2. Words that connect with at least 3 of the 5 senses. Show me, don’t tell me.
  3. Sentence variety (e.g. a mix of long and short sentences).


Part 3 Write Tight

Purpose: show me you know how to write concise (fewest words possible) and precise (accurate) text

Below are 3 logic puzzles. One of these questions will be on the quiz. Read the questions and figure out the solution. Then write the answer.

Your answer will be graded as follows:

  • the answer is correct and error-free
  • the answer has concise sentences
  • the answer uses precise verbs to describe action

Logic Puzzle 1

There is a monkey at the bottom of a well. The well is 30 meters deep. Each morning, the monkey climbs up three meters. Every evening, the monkey slides down two meters. There is no water in the well and there are no tools. How long will it take the monkey to get out of the well?

Logic Puzzle 2

You have a scale with two trays and nine marbles. The marbles look identical in size, shape and color but one is different. Eight marbles weigh 10 grams each. One marble weighs 11 grams.

How can you find the heavy marble by using the scale only two times?

Logic Puzzle 3

You are standing beside a well with 2 buckets. One bucket holds 5 liters of water. The other bucket holds 3 liters of water. How can you get exactly 4 liters of water using only these 2 buckets? You have no other tools and the buckets have no measurement lines.


Part 4 Appositive Sentences

Purpose: show me you know how to write an appositive.

Here are 4 pictures. You will have pictures like these on the quiz. For each picture, write one sentence with an appositive.


Other Work

For the balance of the class, I suggest you rewrite stories #1 and 2.



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