Learn English Writing, Week 4
Review of Writing Activities
Here is a summary of what we have done and leaned so far.
- Learned what makes good writing by looking at the Six Writing Traits.
- Practiced descriptive writing skills with three stories: Howl, Dog and Sausage and the rafting trip.
- Learned how to use articles A and THE correctly.
- make stories more interesting by adding detail – such as your own voice in the story.
- Practiced writing with voice and adding details by rewriting the rafting story.
- Practiced editing skills by fixing a few short paragraphs for spelling and punctuation (e.g. bee and bat stories).
- Learned some vocabulary and simple sentence writing with the textbook (units 1 and 2).
- Practiced writing clearer sentences by removing unnecessary words (e.g. Helen is a smart and intelligent woman.)
- Practiced careful writing by rewriting the spider and hyena story and changing the spider to the plural form.
Here’s the plan for this week.
- Check your answers from Unit 3 in the textbook (on Friday).
- Finish the third draft for three writing projects: Howl, Dog and Sausage and rafting trip.
- Complete parallel structure writing practice.
- Complete choppy sentences and run-on sentences worksheet.
- Complete the wordy sentence exercise (some people started it last week)
- Complete the guided writing exercise (a few people started it last week)
Here is the answer sheet for the questions in Chapter 3 of the textbook.
On Friday, the class will work to improve their understanding of articles. Click here to go to the lesson.
Writing Exercise #1: Parallel Structure
Parallel structure. This is a kind of writing style that helps makes your sentences read smoothly. Basically, your sentence has parallel structure when you have 2 or 3 similar elements that use the same word or grammatical pattern.
Look at these sentences. Can you find the part that is not parallel? How can you fix it?
- Mike likes to listen to rock music and reading mystery novels.
- While in France, my nephew spent his time studying French, working in a restaurant, and he jogged along the Seine River every morning.
- Joan decided to paint her office, to add some new curtains, and that the rug needs dry cleaning.
- He wanted three things out of university: to pick up a marketable skill, to make good friends, and understanding the stock market.
- My grandfather’s favorite pastime is to eat in trendy restaurants and visiting art galleries.
- Julia is in charge of stocking the shelves, writing orders, and to sell computers.
Here are some more questions to help you learn to write with parallel structure.
Writing Activity #2: Choppy and Run-On Sentences
Choppy sentences. This is a problem when you have too many sentences mixed together. It’s a problem because it is bad style. There is no sentence fluency.
Run-on sentences: This is a problem when you have one really long sentence that could be 2 or 3 smaller sentences.
Click here to get the exercises for choppy and run on sentences.