ESL Writing Fall 2018 Y1 Week 12

It’s week 12 of the semester. Time to get your take home quiz questions.

Hour 1

What’s the Quiz #2

Here are the practice questions for quiz #2. The purpose of this quiz is to see if you have learned a few of the basic concepts we studied in class. If you have not learned them, well, here is your chance to catch up.

The quiz will be next week (week 13) during the 2 hour class. The quiz will be a maximum of 40 minutes. 

If you want to finish the quiz on time, I suggest preparing the answers outside the class. Please note: no outside paper can be used during the quiz. It all has to be from memory.

Part 1 Write an argument (5)

Purpose: show me you know how to write an argument with the sentence pattern we studied in class. 

Read the question and write a one sentence answer with the sentence pattern (i.e. claim, because, premises). Your answer should have no errors. DO NOT write a paragraph or essay — just one beautiful argument.

  1. Which one is better, a paper book or ebook?
  2. What is the best sport for elementary school kids to play?
  3. Is a job as a police officer a good career choice?
  4. What’s the best way to travel from Busan to Seoul?
  5. Is it a good idea to buy an electric car?
  6. Would you rather live in the city or the countryside?
  7. What is the most serious environmental problem facing the world today?


Part 2 Write a hypothesis (10)

Purpose: show me you know how to write a hypothesis with the sentence patterns we studied in class. 

Read the question and look at the topic. Then write 4 hypotheses using the basic sentence pattern we studied in class. Your answer should have nor errors. DO NOT write a paragraph or essay.


  1. Write 4 different hypotheses using the 4 patterns we studied in class.
  2. Each hypothesis must be related to a topic.
  3. In total, you will write about 8 variables. Each variable must be different; no repeats.

Example: driving a car

  • the more I drive a car, the more gas I use
  • the more gas I buy, the less money I have in my pocket
  • the less I drive to work, the less stress I have
  • the less anxious I feel, the happier I am 

Here’s a bad example (too many repeated words and phrases)

  • the more I drive a car, the more gas I use
  • the more I drive a car, the less money I have
  • the less I drive a car, the less stress I have
  • the less stress I have, the happier I am 

Here are some possible topics:

  • food
  • learning English
  • travelling
  • working
  • hanging with friends
  • watching TV


Part 3 Analogies (15)

Purpose: show me you understand analogies, can write a summary, find the argument, express your own ideas.

In this question, you will need to write a one-page analysis. Your report should:

  1. watch a short video
  2. define the speaker’s key terms
  3. summarize the speaker’s argument (using the sentence pattern we studied in class)
  4. evaluate the argument — do you agree or disagree?

We will watch the video in class. But, we will not watch the video during the quiz. I suggest you watch the video a few times outside the class to really understand what the speaker is trying.

Part 4 Link Cause and Effect (10)

Purpose: show me you can write a short passage that connect a few cause and effect links.

Read the question. It will suggest a cause and effect relationship. But there is no explanation.

In 1-3 paragraphs, explain the detailed links that make the cause and effect relationship possible. You will have one of these questions on the quiz.

  1. How do smartphones affect elementary school kids?
  2. How does traveling affect people?
  3. How do hagwons affect elementary school children?


Quiz Time

The quiz is 40 minutes. I estimate your time requirements like this. My estimates assume you are well prepared and practiced writing the answers outside the class.

  • Part 1: 1 minutes
  • Part 2: 2 minutes
  • Part 3: 15 minutes
  • Part 4: 10 minutes
  • Total: 28 minutes

Actual available time in class is 40 minutes.



Hours 2-3

Free Writing (10)

Review (5)

Let’s review what we have done so far.

Writing #1

  • learn argument sentence pattern, less is more video

Writing #2

  • hypothesis sentence pattern, explain cause and effect, the richer the country,m the longer people live 

Writing #3

  • understanding correlation and causation, why is Korea rich but not happy


Writing Task 4 (15)

This slide show explains the 4th and final writing task for this semester.


Here is the food data: active pie charts.


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