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A PPT I used in my classes in China, to teach the fundamentals of paragraph writing in English

A PPT I used in my classes in China, to teach the fundamentals of paragraph writing in English

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  • 1. BUILDING BLOCKS FOR WRITING
  • 2. THE PARAGRAPH
  • 3. BUILDING BLOCKS FOR WRITING ENGLISH : GENERAL TO SPECIFIC PARAGRAPH SENTENCE ETC. ORGANIZATION GRAPHIC ORGANIZER or “ MIND MAP” “ BRAIN- STORMING” IN PAIRS or GROUPS FREEWRITING PHOTOS EXPERIENCES MEMORIES READING
  • 4.
    • Definition:
    • A paragraph is a group of sentences that tell one idea.
    THE PARAGRAPH
  • 5.
    • Indent the first word in a paragraph
    • (2 to 5 spaces in from the margin).
    • Start with a topic sentence , telling the main idea of that paragraph.
    PARAGRAPH RULES
  • 6.
    • When you begin writing about a new idea, begin a new paragraph.
    • Paragraphs answer questions about a certain topic.
    PARAGRAPH RULES
  • 7. E xample of a descriptive paragraph:
    • I am thirty years old, rather tall, and I have blue eyes and short black hair. I wear casual clothes as I teach students in a relaxed atmosphere. I enjoy my job because I get to meet and help many different people. During my spare time I like playing tennis, which I play at least three times a week. I also love listening to classical music, and I spend a lot of money on new CDs!
  • 8. Writing Exercise 1
    • Answer these questions about yourself on a piece of paper:
    • How old are you?
    • What do you look like?
    • What kind of clothes do you wear? Why?
    • What kind of job do you do? Do you like it?
    • What are your favorite hobbies? Why do you like them?
    • Where do you live?
    • Do you like living there? Why or why not?
  • 9. Writing Exercise 2
    • I am _________ years old, I _________________ (your looks). I wear ________________ because ______________. I am a ______________. I like / don't like my job because _____________________. I enjoy ______________. I often _____________ (describe how often you do your hobby). I also like ________________ (write about another hobby) because ________________. I live in ____________. People in ____________ are ________________ . I enjoy / don't enjoy living in ______________ because ____________.
  • 10. Write your own paragraph
    • Choose ONE sentence from the first writing exercise;
    • Copy it on a new piece of paper
    • This is your OPENING SENTENCE
    • Your partner will ask you QUESTIONS about your sentence
    • Now, write a PARAGRAPH to add details and answer these questions.
  • 11. Writing in English - 1
    • Start with a GENERAL statement, then add SPECIFIC details
    • GENERAL
    • SPECIFIC
  • 12. Writing in English - 2
    • OPENING SENTENCE
    • Topic – Statement - Summary
    • EXAMPLE 1
    • EXAMPLE 2
    • EXAMPLE 3
  • 13. Writing in English - 3
    • EXAMPLE:
    • I like American food.
    • (1) I like to eat steak.
    • (2) I like French fries.
    • (3) I like to eat dessert.
  • 14. Writing in English - 4
    • Now, make it more interesting. Add Adjectives and Adverbs :
    • I really like American food.
    • Sometimes I like to eat a thick, juicy steak.
    • I like crisp French fries on the side .
    • After dinner , I often like to eat chocolate ice cream for dessert.
  • 15. Writing in English - 5
    • Now, put it all together.
    • This is a PARAGRAPH.
    • I really like American food. Sometimes I like to eat a thick, juicy steak. I like crisp French fries on the side. After dinner, I often like to eat chocolate ice cream for dessert.
  • 16. PRACTICE
    • Topic sentence:
    • Many people believe in stereotypes, or ideas that are not completely true, about people in another country.
    • Next step:
  • 17. PRACTICE
    • What are some stereotypes that you think that Chinese or American people have about each other?
    • Can you complete the paragraph?