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July 14, 2005

Lesson Planning - Incorporating Writing

Good morning everyone!

If you do polls at the beginning of your classes asking students what they most want to get out of your class, you likely see "writing English" on the lower list of expectations. Why?

Too many students focus on speaking the language, and don't seem to care about the other important aspects of learning a new language. I don't know about you, but whenever I have tried to incorporate writing lessons into my curriculum, I'm always met with groans from the students.

Until I figured out how to sneak it in! I asked my students to . . .

. . . bring a spiral notebook to class one day, and then explained to them that we were going to start journaling. And despite themselves, my students are becoming better writers!

Here's how I do it. I meet with my classes twice a week, so on the first day of the week, they are required to bring their journals and hand them in to me with a journal entry. I don't put requirements on the length of the entry (I'm lucky to get a sentence out of some students!), but they do have to turn in something. I take the journals home with me, and correct the grammar, sentence structure, etc. right in the notebooks, and then hand it back to them the next class.

I like this method because it allows the students to have a "record" of their mistakes with clear instructions about how to fix them. I find that they learn this way and are improving their skills with every journal entry.

I hope this helps! Let me know how it works for you.

Until next time,

Michelle

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Posted by msimmons at July 14, 2005 04:02 PM

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