Spring Writing, Week 6

esl writing about verbs and action
Action in motion.

Hour 1

Review (5)

What have we done so far?

  • paragraph organisation: multiple techniques like hamburger, time, cause and effect, problem, solution, etc)
  • personal development (free writing)
  • sentences: compound and complex
  • bullets: ordered and unordered lists
  • error correction: notice and repair
  • show me, dont tell me
  • story analysis – Death by Scrabble
  • articles: rules for the and a
  • summary writing (Room 8)

Writing Sentences with Precision – Great Verbs (10)

A quick presentation to suggest that learning more verbs is good for you.

Tiny Story (30)

This is a pair work writing exercise. It is challenging because you have to describe the action of a ball and line as they try to illustrate a concept. This exercise asks you to expand and improve your understanding of verbs.

Suggested Writing Process

  • watch the video 2 times
  • make notes
  • brainstorm verbs for each action
  • write a list of draft of sentences
  • edit and polish
  • finish with error-free sentences that describe action and interaction with precise verbs

Tiny Story from Sebas and Clim on Vimeo.

Thurs-Fri Group A describe first six actions:

  • Begin, Dream, Listen, Learn, Wait, Find

Thurs-Fri Group B describe next six actions:

  • Love, Respect, Trust, Pledge, Share, Enjoy

Hour 2

Free Writing (10)

10 minutes of quiet writing time.

Feedback on Assignment #2 (5)

Tues class feedback

Tiny Story Continued (10)

Let’s look at a few examples of sentences that express movement, interaction, and a concept,

Textbook page 62 (5)

Read critically. Read to notice the way words add detail about place or location.

Give a few examples.

Read about a Place (5)

Read this paragraph. It’s about a place.

Notice how the writer provides plenty of small details. That’s called Zoom In.

Notice the flow, how we are moving in the place.

Write about a Place (15)

Chose a place and describe it. Use describing words that zoom in.

Hour 3

Answering a question (20)

In professional writing, you almost certainly will be asked to answer a question or solve a problem. Here is a real-world practice question. It’s important therefore to learn how to write succinct answers.


Show me you have learned some skills by writing concise, error-free answers with a two-part organisation:

  • summarize the problem
  • describe the solution with bullets

Logic Puzzle 1

There is a monkey at the bottom of a well. The well is 30 meters deep. Each morning, the monkey climbs up three meters. Every evening, the monkey slides down two meters. There is no water in the well and there are no tools. How long will it take the monkey to get out of the well?

Logic Puzzle 2

You have a scale with two trays and nine marbles. The marbles look identical in size, shape and color but one is different. Eight marbles weigh 10 grams each. One marble weighs 11 grams.

How can you find the heavy marble by using the scale only two times?

Logic Puzzle 3

You are standing beside a well with 2 buckets. One bucket holds 5 liters of water. The other bucket holds 3 liters of water. How can you get exactly 4 liters of water using only these 2 buckets? You have no other tools and the buckets have no measurement lines.

Paragraph Editing (20)

Purpose: show me you know how to find and fix basic text errors.

You will get a paragraph with many kinds of mistakes. Rewrite the paragraph. There is no need to add sentences.

  • Add punctuation to create sentences.
  • Fix the errors (i.e. spelling, subject verb agreement, verb tense, sentence structure and paragraphs).
  • Divide the text to create short but useful paragraphs.

Click here to see the suggested answers.

Level 1

kids love lego thay make houses, tranes, and cars one man started lego he is from denmark his name was ole kirk in 1932, he started to make small things that kids could played with, like cars and hooses in 1934, he called his company lego that word means play well in 1947, ole saw sum plastic blocks from england to years later, he started making them they did not stayed togather not many peple liking them in 1958, he had an idea for a new kind of black he made blocks with dots and wholes when kids puts the dots into the holes, the blocks stayed together

Level 2

a computer moose is a small boxe its purposes are to move a line on a screem and helps users do work and play games where did the mouse come from the story of the mouse begins in 1967 the first mouse looks like a large block of would with a red button on top in 1973, a company calling xerox improves the mouse it was small, light and easy to use sixe years latter, steve jobs visiting xerox he sawed a special computer with advanced technology and software these machine used a mouse to touch small images on the screen the images opening file and programs

Level 3

heres a stories about money powers and love this is the story of coffe nobody nose when coffee was first maid we do know that the coffee business started in the middle east in the 1300s by the 1600s, coffee was poppular in Europe some people in europe wanted there own coffee trees that was a problem coffee trees only growed in the middle east the people who controlled these trees didn’t want to selling them in the late 1600s, a dutch company taked some coffee seed and planted them on some warm islands in indonesia today, that country is the worlds fourth larger coffee growers

More editing you say? (10)

Page 71 in the book. Self check on 274.

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