My Favorite Animal

Writing improves many aspects of English such as grammar, spelling, punctuation, and sentence structure. With four questions to get them started, our updated lesson on My Favorite Animal is a great way to get kids writing! (more…)

The Party – Writing Activity

Most young learners groan at the mention of a writing task. Don’t worry—we have ways of making writing easier and more interesting for your students! First, teach your young learners our tips on how to write a paragraph. Next, try our writing activity, The Party, which guides students by starting the story for them. Soon your students will look forward to writing!

How will you correct their writing? Use our handy, free correction key to make your job easier. Our key has common codes to indicate spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors. Students can then try to correct their mistakes themselves—they seem to remember better this way. Students can also use this key for peer correction. (more…)

How to Start a Paragraph

Most English language learners struggle with writing, and it often goes beyond being unsure about grammar and vocabulary. More importantly, they might be unfamiliar with the structure of a paragraph or an essay. How to Write a Paragraph includes a sample paragraph and tips that will give your students some guidance. But what about actually starting that paragraph or essay? Sometimes getting started is the hardest part! Below are two common techniques that students can easily use to pull readers into their writing and get their pens moving (or their fingers typing).

Start it with a question…

This is a great technique to grab readers’ interest. Have students come up with a question that’s related to their topic. A question like this helps students think about what they want to answer/address in their paragraph/essay, and lets readers know what to expect from the writing.

Common ways to start such a question are: (more…)

Music – Writing Activity

When it comes to writing, students often don’t know where to begin. A writing task like Music – Writing Activity is helpful because there are four questions to guide them. Combine that with our tips on paragraph structure, and your students will be writing with ease!

Writing improves many English skills such as grammar, spelling, punctuation, and sentence structure. You can also incorporate speaking, pronunciation, and listening into this writing project. Put students into small groups after they’ve finished writing, and have each student read their paragraphs aloud. They can practice pronunciation while the others practice listening. Also, tell the listeners that they must come up with one related question each to encourage discussion! (more…)

How to Write a Paragraph

Whether they love it or hate it, writing is an essential skill for English learners to acquire. Writing also incorporates many other skills: grammar, vocabulary, spelling, punctuation, syntax, organization, etc. For teachers, writing can demonstrate whether or not a student has truly understood a grammar target, and a student’s writing can point to specific areas he or she needs to work on (e.g., forgetting to use articles such as a or the, using the simple past when the present perfect is required, etc.).

There are many ways that writing can be incorporated into the classroom. Blogs, journals, essays, and stories are a few common writing exercises to try. At the heart of almost all writing, though, is the need for a good, well-organized paragraph. Learning the structure of a typical paragraph means students will feel like they have a “guide” to follow. Writing can be daunting, so starting with a how-to lesson is an excellent idea!

Paragraph Structure  (more…)

Movies – Writing Lesson

Writing improves many aspects of English such as grammar, spelling, punctuation, and sentence structure. Students can practice writing through blogging, journals, or essays. But often students don’t know where to start. An interesting topic and questions to guide their writing will really help students focus!

Our featured writing lesson on Movies does just that. With four questions to get them started, students can compose a well-organized paragraph on their favorite movie. (Don’t forget to point out the spelling difference, favourite, if you teach in a country that uses British English). (more…)