Friday, February 29, 2008

Friday, February 22, 2008

Unit 3: Developig Paragraph Unity

On this unit we are going to learn how to develop paragraph unity.
Class Activities:

* These exercises were taken from:Using English for Academic Purposes. A Guide for Students in Higher Education. By Andy Gillett

Saturday, February 9, 2008

The Writing Process

How to write an opening Paragraph. Watch the following flash movie at Brain POP. After you finish watching the video take the quiz and check how you did.

These are the stages to write a nice Paragraph!

Choose a topic you are familiar with.

Prewriting Stage:
Collect ideas and make some notes.

Drafting Stage:
Develop notes into full sentences and write a rough draft.

Revising Stage:
Take your draft and move sentences around.
Change words to make the writing more interesting.
Read your draft out loud and get feedback from friends and family.

Proofreading Stage:
Check your spelling and grammar. Use a check speller or show it to someone else.

Publishing Stage:
Post your paragraph to your blog. Print it and show it to your teacher

These are some guidelines to help you write a good paragraph... remember this when writing your post in your blog.

Source: BrainPOP

Friday, February 8, 2008

Unit 2: Organizing Ideas

Class Activities:

  • Theme: Education

  • Reading: The Education of Frank McCourt
Reading for main ideas

Reading for details

Reacting to the reading

  • Style: the Three-Part Paragraph and Transition words and phrases:

Paragraph: Topic sentence, Supporting sentences and Concluding sentence

Paragraph exercises: Exercise 1 & Exercise 2
Topic Sentences exercises: Exercise 3, Exercise 4, Exercise 5, Exercise 6 & Exercise 7

Transitions or Signalling :Exercise 10, Exercise 11 & Exercise 12

Exercise 8 & Exercise 9

Lab Activities:

  • Blog and wiki posting
  • Writing exercises

Updating and participating at International Collaboration Ning Community

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Unit 1: Organization in Writing

On this unit we are going to learn how to write a paragraph.
Class Activities:

  • Theme: Media
  • Reading: Peeping Tom Journalism
  • Style: Paragraphs and topic Sentences
  • Editing: formatting a paragraph – using capitalization
  • Puntuation - Capitalization exercises: Exercises 4 & 5
* These exercises were taken from:Using English for Academic Purposes. A Guide for Students in Higher Education. By Andy Gillett

Lab Activities:

Friday, January 25, 2008

A Love story!

Watch the video and write your opinion about it. Write a short paragraph stating why you liked it or not.

Writing Group Jan-April 2008

Transitional words and phrases

Friday, January 18, 2008

First Writing Course

These was the first writing class that used blogs. That was on April 2007.

Writing Group


Here, there are some tips to get you writing your entries in your blog: It will all depend on what you are writing about. These are some examples of the language you can use.

In class will be reading and discussing about different topics . You can use those ideas you had when reading to write an entry in your blog and practice or expand your writing.


- This text reminds me of something else I've read/am reading...
- This text resonates with something I heard on the news/in another class/from my roommate...
- This text strikes me personally because...
- Offer a critique: "When I came across this line, I really didn't agree. This is why..."

- Today in class we were talking about...and it made me think...
- Something that surprised me today in our discussion was...
- After class, I was still unsure about...

- Our assignment asked the following are some of my initial thoughts...
- I'm thinking about writing about two things...
- For my draft, I wrote about...but now I'm thinking...


- Imagine you are a reviewer (for a magazine, newspaper, maybe even The Michigan Daily)
- Describe your experience writing the most recent assignment (for this class or another)
- Compose a poem or other bit of creative writing that responds to something we've discussed in class
- Relate your experiences surfing related blogs: on writing, revising, technology and the mind, literature, blogger theory, blogs and politics, etc.

These tips were proposed by: lauraaw You can find more interesting tips at her blog English 125.046: Technologies of Writing