Learn English Writing, Basic Class: Week 4

Learn English Writing, Week 4


Review of Writing Activities

Here is a summary of what we have done and leaned so far.

  1. Learned what makes good writing by looking at the Six Writing Traits.
  2. Practiced descriptive writing skills with three stories: Howl, Dog and Sausage and the rafting trip.
  3. Learned how to use articles A and THE correctly.
  4. make stories more interesting by adding detail – such as your own voice in the story.
  5. Practiced writing with voice and adding details by rewriting the rafting story.
  6. Practiced editing skills by fixing a few short paragraphs for spelling and punctuation (e.g. bee and bat stories).
  7. Learned some vocabulary and simple sentence writing with the textbook (units 1 and 2).
  8. Practiced writing clearer sentences by removing unnecessary words (e.g. Helen is a smart and intelligent woman.)
  9. 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.

  1. Check your answers from Unit 3 in the textbook (on Friday).
  2. Finish the third draft for three writing projects: Howl, Dog and Sausage and rafting trip.
  3. Complete parallel structure writing practice.
  4. Complete choppy sentences and run-on sentences worksheet.
  5. Complete the wordy sentence exercise (some people started it last week)
  6. 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?

  1. Mike likes to listen to rock music and reading mystery novels.
  2. While in France, my nephew spent his time studying French, working in a restaurant, and he jogged along the Seine River every morning.
  3. Joan decided to paint her office, to add some new curtains, and that the rug needs dry cleaning.
  4. He wanted three things out of university: to pick up a marketable skill, to make good friends, and understanding the stock market.
  5. My grandfather’s favorite pastime is to eat in trendy restaurants and visiting art galleries.
  6. 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.

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