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Esl Writing Essays Lesson

Introductions to Avoid

When teaching students how to write an introduction, teach them to avoid the following:

1) Clichés: Dead expressions will lose the audience.

2) The Definition of a Well Known Word: High school writers love defining words in the introduction that everybody over the age of three knows.

3) The Announcement Introduction: In this description of an announcement introduction, I’m giving you an example of an announcement introduction; then I’m going to tell you how annoying the announcement introduction is and how nobody will continue reading because you just told them what they need to know.

4) The Space Alien/Future Archeologist/Time Traveler Introduction: If a future archeologist looked at this reason he would ask himself why on Earth am I so popular. This introduction type is a subset of the cliché.

5) The “In Common" Introduction: What do Oprah Winfrey, Rosie O’Donnel, Elizabeth Taylor and my mailman Bob have in common? They’ve all fallen victim to one of the ten biggest fitness mistakes Be sure to read the previous statement in an annoying announcer voice.

NOTE: The thesis statement should come at the end of the introduction for short essays (less than six pages). For essays greater than six pages, add a thesis paragraph after the introduction that contains the thesis statement and an outline of the points you are going to cover.

ESL Writing Exercise - Topic Sentences (Introduction) - Introduction to topic sentences and their function in a formal paragraph

ESL Writing Exercise - Introduction to Similes and Metaphors - Using similes and metaphors to write interesting topic sentences

ESL Writing Exercise - Similes and Metaphors Review - Practice describing people and things using similes and metaphors

ESL Writing Exercise - Topic Sentences (Review) - Practice writing topic sentences

ESL Writing Exercise - The Body of a Paragraph (Introduction) - Introduction to the body of a paragraph and the information that should be contained therein

ESL Writing Exercise - The Body of a Paragraph (Review) - Practice thinking of information to use in the body of a paragraph

ESL Writing Exercise - Concluding Sentences (Introduction) - Introduction to concluding sentences and their function in a paragraph

ESL Writing Exercise - Concluding Sentences (Review) - Practice writing concluding sentences

 

 

Punctuation and Conjunctions

ESL Writing Exercise - Sentence Fragments and Complete Sentences - Introduction to sentence fragments and a review exercise to practice identifying them

ESL Writing Exercise - Run-on Sentences - Worksheet to practice correcting run-on sentences

ESL Writing Exercise - Comma Splices and Conjunctions - Worksheet to practice using conjunctions correctly to fix comma splices

ESL Writing Exercise - Commas and Conjunctions ("and") - Explanation of how to correctly use commas with the conjunction "and"

ESL Writing Exercise - Semi-colons - Introduction to this often baffling piece of punctuation, with a review exercise

 

Transitions and Connectors

ESL Writing Exericse - In addition / Additionally / Moreover / Furthermore / Plus / ...as well- Introduction to these commonly used transitions, with several sample sentences

ESL Writing Exercise - In addition / Additionally / Moreover / Furthermore / Plus / ...as well- Review worksheet to practice writing sentences with these transitions

ESL Writing Exercise - However / Nevertheless / Still / Despite that / Nonetheless / Even so- Introduction to these commonly used transitions, with several sample sentences

ESL Writing Exercise - However / Nevertheless / Still / Despite that / Nonetheless / Even so- Review worksheet to practice writing sentences with these transitions

ESL Writnig Exercise - Therefore / Consequently / As a result / Thus / For this Reason- Introduction to these commonly used transitions, with several sample sentences

ESL Writing Exercise - Therefore / Consequently / As a result / Thus / For this Reason - Review worksheet to practice writing sentences with these transitions

ESL Writing Exercise - Review of these Transitions and Connectors - Review worksheet to practice using all of the transition words above

 

More Transitions and Connectors

ESL Writing Exercise - Although / Even though- Introduction to these commonly used transitions, with several sample sentences and review exercises

ESL Writing Exercise - Though- Introduction to "though" and it's various uses in a sentence

ESL Writing Exercise - Despite / In spite of- Introduction to these commonly used transitions, with sample sentences

ESL Writing Exercise - Despite / In spite of- Review worksheet to practice writing sentences with these words

ESL Writing Exercise - Despite vs. Although- Explanation of how to use these similar transition words, with several sample sentences

ESL Writing Exercise - Despite vs. Although- Review worksheet to practice using "despite" and "although" correctly

 

 

ESL Writing Exercise - Because vs. Because of- Explanation of how to use these similar transition words correctly, with several sample sentences

ESL Writing Exercise - Because of vs. Despite- Worksheet to practice using these transitions, which have nearly opposite meanings

ESL Writing Exercise - Regardless of- Introduction to this commonly used transition, with several sample sentences

ESL Writing Exercise - Regardless of / No matter- Review worksheet to practice using these transitions correctly, including an explanation of "embedded questions".

 

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