ESL Writing Freshmen 2017 Week 13

It’s week 13 of the English writing class. Time to have a quiz.


What did we do last week?

  • looked at appositives
  • looked at study questions for quiz #2



Week 14 (next week)

  • hand in book report (December 4/5)
  • complete Before and After
  • complete 2nd draft of  Korean Food

Week 15

  • return all writing assignments
  • review question for final exam

Hours 1-2

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

Here’s the plan for this week:

During the 2 hour class we will:

  • quick review of appositives
  • start last new writing assignment
  • complete feedback for the previous writing exercises

One hour class (Thurs/Friday)

  • quiz #2


Appositives Review #1 (15)

Can you remember how to write an appositive? Here are some questions. Combine two sentences into one by using an appositive.

  1. Monkeys are often found in the jungle. Monkeys are nimble animals.
  2. Dave Lewis works with young writers. He is a high school teacher.
  3. Before your throw Barbie into the garbage, please think about giving it to the reuse center. Barbie was your childhood friend.
  4. The west coast of Europe is very long. It is a prosperous trading area.
  5. The world’s fastest animal can travel more than 70 kilometers per hour. The falcon is very fast.
  6. Our family visited The Smithsonian Institution. It is a vast network of galleries in Washington, D.C.
  7. Did you see that giant plane land at the airport? It was a Boeing 777.

Appositives Review #2 (15)

No you can remember. Let’s try a fluency activity.

  • You will see a few pictures.
  • Look at the picture and write one sentence with an appositive.
  • You have one minute picture.

Here are the pictures for this fluency writing activity.


Korean Food Project (40)

Now you are going try and solve a problem. It is a mystery. The mystery is about food in Korea.

Critical Thinking Exercise

The purpose of this exercise is to learn how to write a short report by summarizing and analyzing data. That means changing numbers into sentences. It’s a very important skill, and one which many of you will need if you work in a professional field.

In this exercise, you will need to use the thinking skills we have learned so far. That includes the story telling skills you learned in the first half of the semester. Plus the writing skills you learned in the past few weeks. In details

Basically, I want you to look at some data. Then I want you to :

  1. find and describe the patterns (understand)
  2. describe the differences (analyze)
  3. explain the changes (evaluate)

Look at the most important data in the tables. (We will only look at the last year and the most recent years in the tables).

Your writing task has 2 parts.

Understand and Analyze

  1. Look at Table 1. Describe the key variables and how they are measured.
  2. Describe the change that took place.
  3. Look at Table 2, 3 and 5. Summarize the patterns of change.


You need to think. Why did these changes happen?

The answer is not in the table.

The answer is in your imagination? Your ability to think creatively. Your ability to connect variables and make a hypothesis.

  1. Make a few hypotheses. Some will be good and some will be bad. Choose a good one. 
  2. Turn the good hypothesis into an argument that explains why (or how) these changes in food patterns took place. 

The report should be about 1 to 2 pages.

Leave a Comment

IMPORTANT! To be able to proceed, you need to solve the following simple math (so we know that you are a human) :-)

What is 11 + 11 ?
Please leave these two fields as-is:

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.