Week 5: ESL Writing Lessons

This week the ESL students will continue to practice paragraph writing. This week we will change our focus a little and start writing summary paragraphs.

A Thought

Many things are happening here on the Korean peninsula. Not much good news, actually. The troubles between the two Koreas reminds me of a line from a famous book.

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.

Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities


A summary is a paragraph that includes the main ideas of another person’s speaking or writing. Usually, you don’t write about your ideas. You want to retell what the writer said but use different words. Writing a summary is a very good skill to have, especially for school and work. Bu

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