ESL Writing Freshmen 2017 Week 12

It’s week 12 of the English writing class. Time to put the pieces together.

Hours 1-2

  • attendance (5)
  • review last week (5)

Here’s the plan for this week:

During the 2 hour class we will:

  • review the study notes for quiz #2
  • complete feedback for writing assignments 1, 2, 3

During the 1 hour class on Thursday/Friday, we will:

  • learn about appositives
  • finish feedback on writing assignments 1, 2 and 3
  • answer final questions about the quiz

Next week (week 13), we will

  • have a quiz
  • start writing assignment #4


Writing #1

  • argument with one sentence pattern
  • short writing about the electric car and ketchup ad

Writing #2

  • hypothesis sentence pattern
  • the higher the income, the longer the life expectancy

Writing #3

  • understanding correlation and causation
  • write short paragraph answers for 4 questions
  • use hypothesis sentence pattern to show a correlation
  • use brain power (e.g. logic, evidence, experience) to try and explain causation – how one variable causes another variable to change

What’s coming up?

  • next week (week 13) quiz #2 (Thursday/Friday)
  • two weeks later (week 14) book report due date December 4/5
  • NO extensions
  • NO reports submitted by email, must hand in during class

Put it all together

By now, I hope you see something:

  • The hypothesis sentence pattern can be used to describe a correlation.
  • The argument sentence pattern can be used to describe cause and effect (causation).

Quiz #2 Study Notes

Here are some notes and practice questions. These will help you prepare for quiz #2. I guess this quiz might be a little difficult for some people. Preparation will probably take more time. Please plan your time well.

The exam will be a maximum of 45 minutes. In order to finish on time, you will likely need to prepare answers at home. Please note: no outside paper can be used during the quiz.

Part 1. Argument Sentence Pattern

Read the questions. Write an answer. Each answer should be one sentence that uses the argument sentence pattern we studied in class. Do not write an essay or a paragraph.

Your answer should:

  • include 2 or more premises
  • demonstrate good style
  • not contain too many details

In Class Practice Question

  1. Which one is better, a paper book or ebook?
  2. What is the best sport for elementary school kids to play?
  3. Is nursing a good career choice?

Quiz Preparation Questions

You might have 3-5 of these questions on the quiz. Plus, the quiz may have one or more questions not on this list.

  1. What is the most serious environmental problem facing the world today?
  2. Would you rather live in the city or the countryside?
  3. Is it a good idea to buy an electric car?
  4. Should high school students be required to wear uniforms?
  5. What’s the best way to travel from Busan to Seoul?
  6. What’s the best job for you?
  7. What is the best country (not Korea) to visit if you don’t have much money and only two weeks free time?

Part 2. Hypothesis Sentence Pattern

Show me you know how to write a hypothesis sentence. That’s the purpose of this question.

In Class Practice 

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

Quiz Preparation Questions

This is the question you will have on the quiz. 

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

Part 3. The Steve Jobs’ Speech

This task is a little difficult. You have to do three things.

  1. Watch the video at home. You will not watch the video during the quiz. You will probably need to watch the video a few times in order to understand what he said.
  2. Write two hypotheses based on the ideas in his speech. Use the hypothesis sentence pattern we studied in class.
  3. Write one sentence that describes his main argument. Use the argument sentence pattern we studied in class.

Please note: we will not review answers for this question in class.

Part 4. Cause and Effect – Explaining Connections

Look at the questions below. They are all about causation. For each question, write 1 to 3 paragraphs that do two things:

  1. Answer the question with an argument with 2 premises (3 premises is okay but it might be a little long for a quiz)
  2. Explain the connection between the claim and the premise. Each connection might be 2 or 3 sentences.

The style and structure of your answers should be similar to what was done for the income and life expectancy writing exercise we did in class.

In Class Practice 

Let’s practice by answering this question in class.

  • How do hagwons affect elementary students?

Quiz Preparation Questions

You will have one of these on the quiz. We will not practice these in class.

  1. How does cell phone use affect elementary school students?
  2. How does traveling affect people?


Is that a long quiz?

Here is my estimate for how time will be needed to finish the quiz. This assumes a student who studies hard and prepares well before the quiz.

  • Part 1: 5 minutes
  • Part 2: 5 minutes
  • Part 3: 5 minutes
  • Part 4:20 minutes
  • Total: 35 minutes

Actual available time in class is 45 minutes.