Common problems in students’ writing:1. Overusing the same simple vocabulary 2. Not doing what the topic asks/ not following directions3. Not turning in neat and attractive papers4. Too many short and simple sentences
and (drum roll, please) ….5. not explaining or giving enough examples in body paragraphs
…. with special attention on:explaining and giving detailsin your body paragraphs
When you write something, do you ever stop to think about what other people will think about it?
Fact: The human eye is drawn to beauty…..People like to look at pretty things!
businesses know this …..fashion designers know this ….movie producers know this ….
Is your handwriting so tiny that no one can read it?(so tiny that no one can read it?)Do people need special equipment to read your handwriting? !
2 people go for a job interview. Which one “looks” like a better worker?Which man do you think is more likely to get the job?
2 students turn in an assignment. Which paper looks better?Which one looks like the student worked harder?
bad appearance = (often) bad contentgood appearance = (often) good content
Neat writing is important! • the handwriting is not too small • the handwriting is dark • the handwriting is easy-to-read
Q: When you shop, what kinds of clothes do you usually buy? White? Black?Grey? Tan?
Which room is more interesting? This one? Or this one?
When you use the same vocabulary again and again, your writing is kind of like this picture …… Why not use a lot of different colors (vocabulary) to make it more interesting?
You can make your writing more colorful by using new and different vocabulary There’s often more than 1 way to express ideas: tell / say/ express / speak / scream / whisper / ask
Problem: Are your sentences too “salty” (do you repeat the same easy words again and again?)
I like to go to Al Ain Mall because it’s near my home. My favorite restaurant is Hatim because I like the food there. I shop at Paris Gallery because it has all my favorite perfumes. I also like to go there because of the games area and the cinema has good movies.
Solution: use synonymsI like to go to Al Ain Mall because it’s near my home. My favorite restaurant is Hatim since I like the food there. I shop at Paris Gallery asit has all my favorite perfumes. Another reason Ilike to go there is for the games area, and the cinema has good movies.
Your fingerprints are unique Your eyes are unique That means YOU are unique, so your writing should be, too. Using new and different vocabulary makes your writing unique. Different is good!
When you go to a restaurant …. Q: What will you do if the waitress brings you the wrong order? Are you going to eat it, or are you going to send it back to get what you really wanted?
“Enjoy your fish.” “Fish? I ordered PIZZA! I want PIZZA!”
Q: When you go the salon to get your hair done for a party or special occasion, how will you feel if they style your hair like this?
Of course, you expect to get exactly what you asked for. Anything less is unacceptable!You would surely agree that following directions and doing things correctly is important.Teachers, just like you, should receive exactly what they ask you for on your assignments.
Do your essays have only simple 4-5 word “baby” sentences? My name is Mariam. I live in Al Ain. I have a big family. We live in Zakher. My major is Business. I enjoy shopping.
My name is Noof. I’m from Sharjah. I have 10 brothers and sisters. We have a big villa. I like computers. My major is I.T.
Solution: combine some of your sentences My name is Noof, andI’m from Sharjah. I have 10 brothers and sisters, sowe have a big villa. BecauseI like computers,my major is I.T.
A good essay is “spicy ” • it has simplesentences • it has compound sentences • it has complexsentences