What informal writing assignment(s) would you design for “Jamie Oliver’s School Dinners”?
Source: Anderson, N. (2007). Active Skills for Reading, Book 1. (2nd ed.) Boston: Thomson.
Lessons using Informal Writing Assignments and Student Examples
The Little Prince Book by St.-Exupery A Literature-based lesson
Students read assigned pages Students prepare summaries Students write discussion questions
Summary … The seventh planet is the Earth. At first, the Little Prince thought the Earth is peculiar. He met a fox and he started to think about his rose. The Fox made the Little Prince aware of his important things. He said, “Anything essential is invisible to the eyes.”… (by Mina IES-F)
Agree: Many developed countries have failed to prevent environmental degradation.
Disagree: Richer countries have to take charge of saving the environment.
My Idea: This problem can’t be solved with money, but with people’s minds. Money will only work to a certain degree.
(by Masaru ESL 1)
Responses to Small Group Discussion We talked about what we can do for the environment. We can reduce using electricity. Japan is wasting trees for making waribashi, I think. Governments have to take steps. The Japanese government is leading the Kyoto Protocol and their idea is being taken. I’m proud of that. (by Eri ESL1)
School Violence A Listening-based lesson Adapted from Face the Issues
Students listen to part 1 of an interview about school violence Students prepare a dialogue between a teacher and student Students listen to part 2 of the interview Students complete a role play activity Students write a letter based on the role play
We want to practice two activities to reduce the crime problem.
First, we want to have more security measures at school. We can easily find if students have weapons by getting security measures. Please hire more guards and police officers. We know it costs money, so you can hire them only in the morning and after school.
Second, we want to have after school sports activities. What about having “Midnight Basket-ball? It avoids students to spend the entire night on the streets. It’s also good opportunity for the entire community to know each other. We can protect ourselves by ourselves! Then, it is also cheap and good for health, especially over-weight people. Thank you. Sincerely, Teacher, Student, Parent, and Community Member (by Ayaka, Saya, Miho, Syujiro, and Minami IES-F)
Arena, C. (2006) CTJ Online . Retreived June 10, 2007 from http://ctjonline.blogspot.com/2006/03/pit-and-pendulum-part-3.html
Bean, J. C. (2001) Engaging Ideas: The Professor’s Guide to Integrating Writing, Critical Thinking, and Active Learning in the Classroom . San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers.
Hillis, M. (2007) Get Hip to Learning English . Retreived June 10, 2007 from http://gethiptolearningenglishi.motime.com
Lesson Materials Anderson, N. (2007). Active Skills for Reading, Book 1. (2 nd ed.) Boston: Thomson. De Saint-Exupery, A. (1971) The Little Prince (R. Howard, Trans.) San Diego: Harvest. (Original work published 1943). “ Developing countries say rich countries must take responsibility for climate change.” (2007). International Herald Tribune . Retreived June 10, 2007 from http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/02/27/europe/EU -GEN-UN-Climate-Change.php Numrich, C. (1997). Face the Issues: Intermediate Listening and Critical Thinking Skills . (2 nd ed.) White Plains: Longman.