Writing Class Week 14

This is week 14 of the semester. It’s the last week of official classes so it is time to complete the wrap up activities and our English learning.

Today’s Notes

  1. Hand back quiz #3 and discuss
  2. Check final exam schedule – December 16th 10-12?
  3. Return remaining pieces of writing for feedback
  4. Write final assignment – before and after assessment
  5. Friday, some notes about the final exam questions plus return of pre and pst writing


Here are the sample questions for the final exam.

Quiz #2

Total score 10 points

Part 1

My class is going on a trip next week. We’re going to an exhibit called “Dinosaurs: Ancient Fossils, New Discoveries.” The trip is on Monday, and I’m really excited about it. I am the only one in my family who has not seen this exhibit yet. I have always been interested in dinosaurs. I asked my mom if the exhibit has a lot of information about the Tyrannosaurus, but she could not remember. I guess I will have to wait until next week’s trip to find out!

Part 3

  1. social
  2. economic
  3. cultural


This worksheet has one short paragraph. It describes a person’s experience on the subway. The writing gives the reader a good picture of the what we can hear, see and smell in a subway. Read the story. Look closely at the verbs the writer uses to help us understand the place. It is a good example of an old writing rule: don’t tell me about the subway, show me the subway with words. BTW, what are the five  human senses?

Now it’s your turn to write. You will write a one paragraph story.

  1. Choose a place which has many different senses.
  2. Brainstorm a list of verbs, nouns and adjectives.
  3. Start writing one paragraph.
  4. Read, edit and rewrite.

Good luck.

Failure and Success Video

This is online English video lesson has a great story for ESL students.

Do you know Michael Jordan? He was one of the greatest basketball players of all time. How did he become so great? The answer to that question is in this TV commercial.

Watch and listen.

  1. Where is he?
  2. What is he doing?
  3. Why does he succeed?
  4. What do these numbers mean?
  • 9000
  • 300
  • 26

FED EX TV Commercial

Here’s a funny video that is a good online English lesson.

Did you seen the movie Castaway? This TV commercial uses the same theme as that movie.

After watching the video, answer these questions.

  1. Where does the man work now?
  2. Where was he?
  3. How long was he there?
  4. What are the contents of the package?

Here’s the script.

Man: Hi
Woman: Hi
Man: I was marooned on an island for five years with this package and I swore that I would deliver it to you, because I work for Fed ex.
Woman: That’s very admirable. Thank you.
Man: Hey look, by the way, what’s in the package?
Woman: Uh, nothing really. Just a satellite phone, GPS locator, fishing rod, water purifier, and some seeds. Just silly stuff. Thank you again. You keep up the good work.

Listen Carefully

Are you a careful listener? Sometimes our assumptions stop us from hearing what was really said.

This English listening exercise will measure your ability to listen carefully. Listen to the sound file and answer the questions on the worksheet.

Here is the sound file. Goldilocks-eslwriting.org

The worksheet is here goldilocks-listening-worksheet.