How to produce a good piece of writing.
Follow these steps :
1- Outline your ideas and find out which one is the main concept you
want to express. Always try to write from a point of view you know and try to be creative and interesting.
2- Expand your main idea giving details about it, such as place, time,
3- If it is an expositive text try to adapt to the structure :
Paragraph 1 = Presentation Paragraph 2, 3, 4, etc. = Main ideas Final paragraph = Conclusion
4- When you have written down your main ideas, think of ways to
connect them, i.e. beginnings and endings of your different paragraphs.
5- Write quickly a first draft following your outline and trying to use
natural language appropriate to your topic and the purpose of your writing. (avoid direct translation)
6- Revise and correct your draft. If you came up with new ideas add
them at the margins. Points you should check at this time : punctuation clarity of meaning Connection of paragraphs Each paragraph should express one idea or aspects related to it Your writing should sound natural enough. If not, find new ways to express your ideas which should sound ‘more English’. Make sure you use a wide enough range of vocabulary related to the topic. Check your register is adequate to the topic and purpose of your writing. Make sure the result is attractive to the reader, with a certain degree of creativeness. (This
could be a good time to hand it to a classmate to get a review on your writing.) Finally check for spelling mistakes, grammar, tenses, word order, etc. Write your final version.
Class Correction Key
gr sp ? p ex w t par. C grammar spelling word missing meaning not clear punctuation expression wrong word tenses wrong order Paragraphs not well set inadequate connectors or missing
WORK TO BE DONE TO IMPROVE YOUR WRITING RESULTS Throughout the year prepare a record of connectors and beginnings and ends of paragraphs you can have at hand or bear in mind when you write. Draw vocabulary networks about topics of your interest. You could also prepare cards with related vocabulary. Read books, newspapers & magazines to start having an opinion about a wide range of topics.