Writing Opinion Paragraphs
Upper Intermediate level
To give Ss practice in writing opinion paragraphs in the context of “What are you optimistic about?” using time phrases refering to near/distant future
Grammar (in the form of peer feedback on written paragraphs)
Procedure (37-45 minutes)
Show Ss some pictures about important things happening in near/distant future. Ss comment whether they are optimistic or pessimistic about the topics. Elicit responses from some of them along with brief reasons.
Focus Ss on the examples from the listening in ex1. Get Ss to decide on the meanings of the time phrases – as in ex1.
Give the Sort out Handout to Ss. Ss work in pairs/small groups to categorise the phrases. Take FB and be ready to deal with any questions. Controlled practice: Give the Matching Handout to Ss. Ss work in pairs/small groups to match the phrases. Ask Ss to check with the key in PPT file.
Writing Preparation: Show the PPT Slide 2. Ask Ss to choose a topic they are optimistic about. Put Ss with the same topics into groups. Ss discuss in their groups why they are otpimistic about the topic and give examples. Writing: Ask Ss to look at the text in Lesson 1 again and notice the organisation. Highlight the points to include in their paragraphs. Give writing paper to Ss. Ss work alone to write their own paragraphs about the topic they chose in the previous stage.
Ss swap their texts and check for and correct any errors – helping each other in pairs. Monitor and help where needed. Put the Ss’ writing on the walls. Ss walk around and read each other’s texts and decide who is most optimistic.