Intermediate Writing, Spring, Week 9

ESL writing Class

This is the ninth week in the English writing class.

Attendance and review (5)

Last week

  • midterm exam
  • two weeks ago, a quiz
  • started a new section of writing about arguments and ideas

This Week

  • quick review of midterm exam
  • talk about schedule
  • talk about final project
  • introduce new writing concept – warrants
  • some feedback on past writing

Quiz and Exam Quick Comments (10)

  • Quiz – 10%
  • Midterm exam 25%

Schedule (10)

  • Week 9: April 26 and 28 – class (warrants, electric car TV commercial analysis)
  • Week 10: May 3 and 5 – no classes (two holidays)
  • Week 11: May 10 and 12 – class (inferences and warrants)
  • Week 12: May 17 and 19 – class (moral dilemma, hypothesis and argument) quiz #2
  • Week 13: May 24 and 26 – class (last new writing assignment, how to write an email) book report due
  • Week 14: May 31 and June 2 – class (last day to hand in writing for feedback)
  • Week 15: June 7 last class (exam review)
  • Week 16: June 9 FRI and 14 WED no classes (make up week)
  • Week 17: June 16 – final exam

Conclusion: 11 classes left (including today, excluding final exam day)

Grades and Class project

Attendance 10%
Midterm 25%
Final exam 25%
Book report 10%
Two quizzes 20% (10% each)
Participation 10%

Book Report Project

Here’s your chance to show your terrific writing skills. It’s a book report.

Basic Info

  • 3-5 pages
  • typed, double spaced, 12 point font
  • evidence of 6+1 writing traits (organisation, strong first sentence, a story, not just separate sections glued together, cohesion)

A book report will have these basic parts.

  1. Introduction: title and author’s name.
  2. Summarize the characters and setting.
  3. Describe the plot: the action
  4. The denouement: the climax of the action, what happened in the end?
  5. What is the tone of the book-  funny, creepy, an adventure, a mystery?
  6. Evaluate the book – good and bad points
  7. What do you think? Did you like the book? Why or why not?

Are you reading a book of fiction?

  • Who is telling the story. Is it first person or third person?
  • Provide details about the main characters, plot and setting.
  • What do the main characters want? Do they have a problem? What do they do?
  • Don’t need to talk about every small detail, just include the most important information.

Are you reading a non-fiction book?

  • What is the writer’s main argument?
  • Don’t summarize each chapter. Just talk about the main points.

Introduction to warrants (25)

  • What is a warrant?
  • Why do you need them?
  • How to create them?

Click here to review the slide show.


Practice Exercise #1 (15)

What’s the warrant?

Practice Exercise #2 (15)

Read the short story called Alligator River.

  • Work with a partner to answer the questions.
  • Rank the character from the best person to the worst person.
  • Make an argument for your rankings.

Hour 3

Electric Car Analysis (15)

Complete this old exercise. Analyze the TV commercial about an electric car.

  • Describe the argument and warrant.
  • Evaluate the argument (is it believable, true)

Number 2 Exercise (20)

Analyze this TV commercial – Think Different
  • Describe the argument and warrant.
  • Evaluate the argument (is it believable, true)


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