Denise Penrod Denise Penrod

TP 6 Writing
Elementary level


In this lesson, students learn and practice writing a descriptive paragraph about their city. Students identify the structure and learn descriptive phrases that are commonly used when describing a place.


Main Aims

  • To introduce and provide practice of writing a (basic) description of their city with a short introductory statement (4-5 sentences).

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide detailed reading practice using a text about things to do in the context of someone's hometown city
  • To provide practice of language used for describing details in the context of students' hometowns.


Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Ss will post on the Google Jamboard answering the question "What city do you live in?"

Exposure (5-8 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in coming tasks through reading/listening

Have Ss read a sample text of someone describing their city. Call on individual students to read sections of the sample text. Ask follow up questions to check Ss understanding.

Useful Language (8-10 minutes) • To highlight and clarify useful language for coming productive tasks

Have Ss determine the necessary parts that are used to write a description of a city on Google Powerpoint slides by matching the part to the sample text. Students work together and check their answers in groups in Breakout rooms. Provide OCFB. As a group, have Ss give share phrases that are used for each section. Have Ss determine if these are informal or formal phrases.

Productive Task(s) (18-20 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

Ss are given instruction to write their own description of their city, using the structure that they discovered earlier. Students will write down their descriptive paragraph and then share in groups in Breakout rooms with each other. Ss will be given a checklist when listening to their peers writing.

Feedback and Error Correction (8-10 minutes) • To provide feedback on students' production and use of language

Come back together as a group. If time allows, have some Ss share what they wrote. If not, provide DEC that was observed while Ss were working in breakout rooms.

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