What constitutes a good paragraph?
Intermediate, upper-intermediate level
To provide an opportunity to practice writing good paragraphs in the context of academic writing
To diagnose what ss already know about what constitutes a good paragraph in the context of academic writing
To provide fluency speaking practice in the form of a discussion in the context of paragraph writing
Procedure (44-60 minutes)
Students will engage in a 5 min hangman game to guess the main focus of the lesson. The activity is intended to break the ice and engage all students in class.
Students will be shown a paragraph and will be asked questions to help them reflect on the paragraph presented. Instructor will elicit answers from students to know more about their background knowledge and to help build and unify their concepts about constitutes a good paragraph.
A powerpoint presentation is displayed for the students to help clarify key features of good paragraphs. Examples are presented for students. key features are then elicited and written on the board for the students to use in the next stage of the lesson.
Students are divided into 5 pairs. Each pair is given a strip of paper that contains a paragraph. Pairs are asked to read the paragraphs and reflect on what makes them good or bad according to the elements discussed in the previous activity. Each pair is then asked to post their paragraph on the w/b and present their opinion to the class. Students share their opinions and agree or disagree according to the elements set.
Students are given a bag full of different writing topics related to their fields of academic study. They are asked to individually pick a topic of choice and write a short paragraph about it. The aim is to test their writing skills and practice the concepts introduced in the lesson. Teacher monitors and provides feedback.