It’s my second month running a self-paced intermediate writing skills course. Through video tutorials, quizzes, and writing tasks, students develop their ability to construct proper sentences and paragraphs. I enjoy guiding students through the assignments, and the chance to give individual feedback really allows writing to become a process.
When it comes to producing the final paragraph, I usually ask for several revisions. I’ve seen how each student has his or her own area to concentrate on: identifying the main focus, choosing the right amount of support, maintaining the focus, or sequencing the supporting points. As we move toward the final revision, I also encourage them to be concise and avoid repetition.
How do you guide the writing process at the paragraph level? Here’s an idea: collaborating with a partner to encourage discussion. Please view my An Amazing Vacation_handout. The tasks take intermediate students through the process of identifying a topic and controlling idea, writing a topic sentence and concluding sentence, and deciding how to organize and present support. The handout could be tailored for solo writing, too. Some previous paragraph writing experience is assumed. Enjoy!