ESL Lesson: The Rabbit and the Turtle: Activity Four: Writing a Story and Using Correction Marks

Introduction:

If we want students to write well, it’s good to emphasize correction marks. When students use them, it helps them to focus on the writing and to think about punctuation and syntax. All correction marks are pretty similar. I’ve borrowed some of mine from Dr. Linda Ann Kunz, who has done excellent lesson plans for beginning ESL students.


Writing A Story

Objective:

Using a picture as a prompt, students will work in groups and write a story about what they think is happening. They will also begin to use correction marks correcting each other’s work.

Method:

Teacher talk and direction
Individuals, groups of three

Materials:

Handout: Drawing 2: The Rabbit and the Turtle
Handout: Correction Marks
Newsprint and markers.



Progression:

1. Groups of three look at Drawing Two. Tell the groups they are going to work on a story about what they think is happening in the picture and what they think will happen next. It’s not going to be three stories but one story that they discuss and work on together. The verb tense isn’t important, past or present; and they can use the modals (may, might, must, can, could, would, should, and will) to express the future and possibility. Let each group write in whatever tense they feel comfortable writing in. If they are beginners they will be struggling with the simple present.


2. Have groups write their stories on newsprint and hang them up. This should take about an hour, taking time for a first draft on paper and the second draft on newsprint.


3. Discuss correction marks. You can hand out a copy of the correction marks or write them on the white board for the class to copy down. Explain the marks. Then select a newsprint and correct mistakes using the correction marks explaining them again. The most important thing about a correction mark is that it indicates where a correction is needed so the student knows to think and focus there.



4. After you have gone over one newsprint with the class using correction marks, have the class get up and walk around correcting. Let the groups work together with one marker between them. After the class has done corrections, lead them in a final correction correcting anything that they’ve missed going to all the all the newsprint until you’re finished.





 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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