BUILDING BLOCKS FOR WRITING
THE PARAGRAPH
BUILDING BLOCKS FOR WRITING ENGLISH : GENERAL TO SPECIFIC PARAGRAPH SENTENCE ETC. ORGANIZATION GRAPHIC ORGANIZER or “ MIND...
<ul><li>Definition: </li></ul><ul><li>A  paragraph  is a group of sentences that tell one idea.   </li></ul>THE PARAGRAPH
<ul><li>Indent  the first word in a paragraph </li></ul><ul><li>(2 to 5 spaces in from the margin). </li></ul><ul><li>Star...
<ul><li>When you begin writing about a new idea, begin a new paragraph. </li></ul><ul><li>Paragraphs answer questions abou...
E xample of a  descriptive  paragraph:  <ul><li>I am thirty years old, rather tall, and I have blue eyes and short black h...
Writing Exercise 1  <ul><li>Answer these questions about yourself on a piece of paper: </li></ul><ul><li>How old are you? ...
Writing Exercise 2 <ul><li>I am _________ years old, I _________________ (your looks). I wear ________________ because ___...
Write your own paragraph <ul><li>Choose ONE sentence from the first writing exercise; </li></ul><ul><li>Copy it on a new p...
Writing in English - 1 <ul><li>Start with a GENERAL statement, then add SPECIFIC details </li></ul><ul><li>GENERAL </li></...
Writing in English - 2 <ul><li>OPENING SENTENCE </li></ul><ul><li>Topic – Statement - Summary </li></ul><ul><li>EXAMPLE 1 ...
Writing in English - 3 <ul><li>EXAMPLE: </li></ul><ul><li>I like American food. </li></ul><ul><li>(1)  I like to eat steak...
Writing in English - 4 <ul><li>Now, make it more interesting.  Add  Adjectives  and  Adverbs : </li></ul><ul><li>I  really...
Writing in English - 5 <ul><li>Now, put it all together. </li></ul><ul><li>This is a PARAGRAPH. </li></ul><ul><li>I really...
PRACTICE <ul><li>Topic sentence: </li></ul><ul><li>Many people believe in stereotypes, or ideas that are not completely tr...
PRACTICE <ul><li>What are some stereotypes that you think that Chinese or American people have about each  other? </li></u...
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A PPT I used in my classes in China, to teach the fundamentals of paragraph writing in English

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Paragraph Writing - Building Blocks

  1. 1. BUILDING BLOCKS FOR WRITING
  2. 2. THE PARAGRAPH
  3. 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. 4. <ul><li>Definition: </li></ul><ul><li>A paragraph is a group of sentences that tell one idea. </li></ul>THE PARAGRAPH
  5. 5. <ul><li>Indent the first word in a paragraph </li></ul><ul><li>(2 to 5 spaces in from the margin). </li></ul><ul><li>Start with a topic sentence , telling the main idea of that paragraph. </li></ul>PARAGRAPH RULES
  6. 6. <ul><li>When you begin writing about a new idea, begin a new paragraph. </li></ul><ul><li>Paragraphs answer questions about a certain topic. </li></ul>PARAGRAPH RULES
  7. 7. E xample of a descriptive paragraph: <ul><li>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! </li></ul>
  8. 8. Writing Exercise 1 <ul><li>Answer these questions about yourself on a piece of paper: </li></ul><ul><li>How old are you? </li></ul><ul><li>What do you look like? </li></ul><ul><li>What kind of clothes do you wear? Why? </li></ul><ul><li>What kind of job do you do? Do you like it? </li></ul><ul><li>What are your favorite hobbies? Why do you like them? </li></ul><ul><li>Where do you live? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you like living there? Why or why not? </li></ul>
  9. 9. Writing Exercise 2 <ul><li>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 ____________. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Write your own paragraph <ul><li>Choose ONE sentence from the first writing exercise; </li></ul><ul><li>Copy it on a new piece of paper </li></ul><ul><li>This is your OPENING SENTENCE </li></ul><ul><li>Your partner will ask you QUESTIONS about your sentence </li></ul><ul><li>Now, write a PARAGRAPH to add details and answer these questions. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Writing in English - 1 <ul><li>Start with a GENERAL statement, then add SPECIFIC details </li></ul><ul><li>GENERAL </li></ul><ul><li>SPECIFIC </li></ul>
  12. 12. Writing in English - 2 <ul><li>OPENING SENTENCE </li></ul><ul><li>Topic – Statement - Summary </li></ul><ul><li>EXAMPLE 1 </li></ul><ul><li>EXAMPLE 2 </li></ul><ul><li>EXAMPLE 3 </li></ul>
  13. 13. Writing in English - 3 <ul><li>EXAMPLE: </li></ul><ul><li>I like American food. </li></ul><ul><li>(1) I like to eat steak. </li></ul><ul><li>(2) I like French fries. </li></ul><ul><li>(3) I like to eat dessert. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Writing in English - 4 <ul><li>Now, make it more interesting. Add Adjectives and Adverbs : </li></ul><ul><li>I really like American food. </li></ul><ul><li>Sometimes I like to eat a thick, juicy steak. </li></ul><ul><li>I like crisp French fries on the side . </li></ul><ul><li>After dinner , I often like to eat chocolate ice cream for dessert. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Writing in English - 5 <ul><li>Now, put it all together. </li></ul><ul><li>This is a PARAGRAPH. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  16. 16. PRACTICE <ul><li>Topic sentence: </li></ul><ul><li>Many people believe in stereotypes, or ideas that are not completely true, about people in another country. </li></ul><ul><li>Next step: </li></ul>
  17. 17. PRACTICE <ul><li>What are some stereotypes that you think that Chinese or American people have about each other? </li></ul><ul><li>Can you complete the paragraph? </li></ul>

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