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Unit 2 Basic Writing



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  • 1. Developing Ideas for Writing a Paragraph WTUC March 8, 2007
  • 2. Goal • To learn how to brainstorm ideas for writing • Language Focus: Identifying verbs in sentences
  • 3. Brainstorming • Write quickly all the thought that come into your head • Don’t think whether the idea is good or not • Simply write to get your ideas on paper • Storm of ideas Page 29
  • 4. The Importance of Brainstorming Brainstorm by… • Thinking about the topic first and then • Writing words and ideas • The first step in writing is THINKING Page 30
  • 5. How Brainstorming Works • It’s not a linear or a consecutive process • Messy process • Move from one idea to another • Cross out words, draw lines to make connections, and change their minds • Cycle with steps that repeat continually • Associating ideas, one idea produces another • List, cluster • Visualize the paragraph Pages 30-31
  • 6. Topics A-C • Choose a topic you would like to write about and brainstorm ideas • 3 minutes Pages 31-33
  • 7. Subject-Verb Agreement • All sentences in English contain a verb • The regular present tense has two forms: the base form and the ‘s’/ ‘ies’ form • For example − Prepare I prepare. They prepare. − Prepares He prepares. • 3rd person singular (he, she, it) uses the ‘s’ form
  • 8. Tips • The form of the verb depends on the subject of the sentence. • First find the subject, then you can write the verb correctly. • A prepositional phrase includes a preposition (for example ‘for’, ‘at’, ‘from’, ‘by’, ‘with’, ‘without’, ‘in’, ‘of’) and the noun or pronoun that follows − The owner of these restaurants is Italian. -Preposition (of); Noun (restaurants)
  • 9. Language Focus 1. Live (most people) 2. is (a pair) 3. Carries (Joseph) 4. is (main method) 5. are (trees) 6. revolves (earth) -for more info… List location or contact for detailed schedule (or other related documents)
  • 10. Activity 4, pp. 36–37: Paragraph 13, p.36: • she really doesn’t, • class begins, • she usually arrives, • she has to tell, • Her young students keep, • there are some problems, • Charlotte’s young students do not always listen
  • 11. Building Better Sentences • Page 229-230 • Practice 3, pp. 232-233: • A. Charlotte is a kindergarten teacher at King Elementary School. • B. She teaches twenty-two very young children. • C. After school, Charlotte must attend meetings and create new lessons.