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Here is a complete lesson on the use of the passive voice in English when writing newspaper articles and reports.

The lesson is designed for upper-intermediate international college-level students.

I hope you like it.


Complete Reading and/or Writing Units / A Unit Plan on Summarizing
« on: April 29, 2010, 02:31:54 PM »
Dear all,

Here is a unit plan on summarizing.

This unit is designed for upper-intermediate level college students. Students develop their summary skills which will help them in producing their own source-based argumentative papers.

I also attached a PPT slideshow that accompanies this unit plan.

Enjoy it!

Descriptive Writing / Re: Art Vocabulary
« on: April 15, 2010, 12:40:10 PM »
Art-related Vocabulary

1.   a portrait     
2.   a brush stroke      
3.   a canvas           
4.   a landscape          
5.   a still-life picture        
6.   a palette       
7.   impressionism    
8.   expressionism      
9.   a sketch         
10.   a sitter    

There can be a matching exercise in which you can ask your students to match the words with their corresponding definitions.

Persuasive Paper / A Unit Plan for Logical Fallacies
« on: March 31, 2010, 02:30:15 AM »
This is a unit plan we have created for a class project.

The unit is on logical fallacies. It would be relevant to teach logical fallacies so that your students can form sound and strong arguments free of logical fallacies in their persuasive papers.

The following Youtube Video is used as the warm-up:

Three Laws of Robotics

The details of the lesson is in the attached Word file.


Feedback--Peer Review / Peer Editing Worksheet - Critique
« on: March 31, 2010, 02:19:39 AM »
Here is a handy worksheet to use in peer-review sessions with your students.

The worksheet details important features in form of questions so that your students can pay attention to them as they edit their partner's critique essays.


Works Cited/References / APA Exercise Worksheets
« on: March 31, 2010, 02:14:33 AM »
To all teaching APA documentation style,

I created APA exercise worksheets using Diana Hacker's A Writer's Reference resource book.

I think they would be useful for writing instructors to use either as in-class quizzes or out-of-class assignments.

For your comfort, I attached the answer key to the exercises, too.

Postreading Activities / "Tic Tac Toe" or "Noughts and Crosses"
« on: March 03, 2010, 11:56:04 PM »
Hello all,

I have come across a game that could be used as a post reading activity...This is particularly a good game for a revision or for a reader's discussion.This game can be used at all levels. Here are the details of the game:

"Tic Tac Toe" or "Noughts and Crosses"

This is a good game for a revision or for a reader's discussion. Divide the class into two groups. Draw a grid of nine squares on the board and write a number on each square (from 1 to 9). Prepare nine questions and set one question for each number. The groups call out the numbers and if they answer the question correctly, they get the point. The goal of the game is to make a line (either horizontal, vertical or diagonal).


Prereading Activities / Re: More pre-reading for Astronomy!
« on: March 02, 2010, 01:37:27 PM »

Teacher can start the class by asking the students whether they are interested in Astronomy and how much they know about the Universe (i.e. age, size, and components of it). Students can share their ideas with the whole class.

Then teacher can tell them that he will show the students the following YouTube video. Students are supposed to jot down the names of the the things they see in the correct order.

After students watch the clip, T asks them to compare their answers with a partner. Following this, T can show the video clip again and go over each of the galactic entities with the whole class.

General Reading Links /
« on: March 01, 2010, 11:19:35 PM » is a popular website developed by International Reading Association (IRA), and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) that provides reading and language arts educators with access to an ever-growing collection of free educational materials.

As described by the IRA, the website features:

--> improved organization and navigation tools that make it easier to browse among hundreds of standards-based lesson plans, timely activities, recommended booklists, printable worksheets, and interactive tools so that users can quickly find the right resources to support teaching and learning;

-->intuitive design featuring collections by grade-level, as well as collections dedicated to learning outside of the classroom, and professional development;
-->lesson plans aligned to individual state standards;

-->a new afterschool resources section, featuring tips and howto?s, activities and projects, podcasts, and online tools;

-->a Communities section, where users can go behind the scenes to learn about the authors and reviewers who inspire, educate, and show how is making a difference;

-->a commenting feature so users can add their own comments and share their experiences and ideas, as well as e-mail and bookmark resources on the site.

Any reading and writing teacher can visit this website to find lesson plans to suit every need. New lesson plans are added each month.

For more information visit

Cheers :D

Plagiarism / Re: Plagiarism practice test
« on: February 24, 2010, 11:29:28 PM »
Thanks for posting these useful links.

I have two worksheets, too that help the students practice their knowledge of plagiarism. I use them as a follow-up practice with my students.

I hope you like them.



General Reading Links / Online Reading Journals
« on: February 24, 2010, 10:49:39 AM »
As I was surfing the net, I have come across two useful websites for ESL reading teachers.

The first one is:

This is an international peer-reviewed online journal titled "The Reading Matrix". You can have free access to a variety of article pertaining to reading and teaching reading on this website. Also, you can view media and book reviews. If you're interested, you can become a reviewer for this journal, too.

The second website is another online reading journal:

This website is provided by the International Reading Association, and it offers a great many articles on a range of topics in reading education.

Enjoy them:)))


Feedback--Peer Review / Peer-editing Worksheet - Summary
« on: February 10, 2010, 04:59:01 PM »
If you are teaching "summary writing" as part of your writing classes, here is a very handy worksheet that details a nice checklist for summaries.

This can be given to students as a guiding tool as they edit each other's summaries.

Enjoy it!


Feedback--Peer Review / Peer-editing Worksheet - Essay
« on: February 10, 2010, 04:55:42 PM »
Here is a handy worksheet to use in your peer review sessions.

This handout lays out numerous important points with regard to essay organization and structure and can be useful to learners in guiding them as to how to edit their partners' paper.

Enjoy it!


Feedback--Peer Review / Peer-editing Worksheet - Paragraph
« on: February 10, 2010, 04:52:57 PM »
This is a useful hand-out to use with your students as they edit their peers' paragraphs.

This hand-out can be useful to familiarize ESL students with the peer-editing process. Since most ESL students are not familiar with how peer review works, I assume doing a workshop in class at paragraph level can be helpful for the learners.



Using Literature / Re: Creating a writing project: a theater play
« on: February 09, 2010, 12:11:57 PM »
I did something similar to that in my own classroom and it turned out to be really really productive in the end.

My students wrote their own one-act plays and we had a drama day at school when we invited other teachers and students too. Students enjoyed acting on the stage and this definitely helped them build their self-confidence.

Alternatively, a project that requires students to modernize an old play and act it out on stage would be great fun, too. I'd like to do it when I can:)


Using Literature / A Poem Lesson on "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost
« on: February 09, 2010, 12:08:08 PM »
Dear all,

Here is a sample lesson on poetry. I have used this on my practice teaching and received positive feedback on it.

If you are into using literature as part of your reading and writing classes, I assume this lesson will give you some nice ideas as to how to do it.

Enjoy it!


Harry Potter Lessons! / Harry Potter for Cultural Enrichment
« on: February 04, 2010, 01:22:39 PM »
Harry Potter can be used for increasing crosscultural understanding of students.

Here are a few ideas to use in an ESL/EFL classroom:

1. Write a description of British Middle Class as depicted in the book.
2. There can be more micro-level analysis of culture, too. For example, students can be asked to analyze the Dursleys' family structure, and what it tells the reader about the British culture.
3. There can be cultural comparisons between the culture depicted in the book and that of students' own.
4. Students can be asked to analyze the talk between different characters in the book. The way people interact can tell a lot about one's character.


If you don't want to go through all these downloading and installing third party software products, you can simply click on the following link which takes you to the Microsoft's website and install the PDF add-in for Office 2007:


Quotations / Using Published Sources: Quotations
« on: January 26, 2010, 12:29:32 PM »
I have attached a PPT slideshow that details the use of quotations. This PowerPoint could be used when teaching how to incorporate quotations into source-based writing. This PPT lays out specific strategies for using quotations.

I also attached a quotation mark exercise handout with the answer key that could possibly be used as a follow-up to the quotation lesson. This can alternatively be given as a homework assignment or could be given as a pairwork in class.

I hope this helps anybody who teaches using published sources in their writing classes.


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