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1 Copyright Tony Lau 2012 Idea Development and Idea Organization in English Writing Tony Lau Tak Sun Secondary School 17 th March 2012

2 Copyright Tony Lau 2012 Introduction Why teach idea development and idea organization in English writing? Why teach idea development and idea organization in English writing? Hard data – HKASL UE Examiners Reports Hard data – HKASL UE Examiners Reports

3 Copyright Tony Lau 2012 HKASL UE Examiners Reports 2008 HKASL Use of English 2008 HKASL Use of English –Greater skills in argumentation and greater knowledge of the world are clearly needed … most candidates are unable to substantiate arguments with relevant examples… personal experiences cited were unconvincing or unbelievable. (p. 135)

4 Copyright Tony Lau 2012 HKASL UE Examiners Reports 2005 HKASL Use of English 2005 HKASL Use of English –They should … broaden their experience of English, their knowledge of current affairs and their own ideas. This would also help to improve their critical thinking … (p.129) 2003 HKASL Use of English 2003 HKASL Use of English –The poorer essays contained simple ideas and dull content. (p. 129)

5 Copyright Tony Lau 2012 HKCEE Examiners Reports 2008 HKCEE 2008 HKCEE –Average candidates were unable to elaborate well. Their ideas were sometimes disconnected… (p. 126) 2007 HKCEE 2007 HKCEE –For the writing exam, consideration is given to… the planning and organization of the ideas… (p.130)

6 Copyright Tony Lau 2012 HKDSE Paper 2 Writing Marking Guidelines Level 5** Content (C) Content (C) –All ideas are well-developed Organization (O) Organization (O) –Logical development of ideas

7 Copyright Tony Lau 2012 Music Appreciation The flight of the bumblebee

8 Copyright Tony Lau 2012 Music Appreciation Picking flowers (a piano piece)

9 Copyright Tony Lau 2012 Rap Talk Demonstration Demonstration –Pair work (1 minute) –Swap your role with your partner (1 minute)

10 Copyright Tony Lau 2012 Freewriting Freewriting was first pioneered by Peter Elbow Freewriting was first pioneered by Peter Elbow Meditate-then-write Meditate-then-write Five-minute freewriting Five-minute freewriting Five-minute looping Five-minute looping

11 Copyright Tony Lau 2012 Five-minute freewriting

12 Copyright Tony Lau 2012 Five-minute looping

13 Copyright Tony Lau 2012 One-minute Writing Instructions Instructions –Spend one minute writing a single sentence. –Dont panic if it doesnt make too much sense. –On the next page you will find some ideas for you to get the ball rolling:

14 Copyright Tony Lau 2012 One-minute Writing Topics (please choose ONE of the following) Topics (please choose ONE of the following) –Write a sentence starting with a name. –Write a foolish sentence. –Write a sentence describing yourself. –Write a sentence regarding love. –Write a sentence narrating the weather. –Write a sentence depicting an animal. –Write a boring sentence.

15 Copyright Tony Lau 2012 Make a list Choose ONE of the following: List some of your anxieties List some of your anxieties List the best gifts you have ever received List the best gifts you have ever received List smells with special meaning for you List smells with special meaning for you List the people you look up to List the people you look up to List some wonderful things about yourself List some wonderful things about yourself

16 Copyright Tony Lau 2012 Things to be excited about List at least FIVE things for you to be excited about List at least FIVE things for you to be excited about

17 Copyright Tony Lau 2012 A place Describe ONE of the following: Describe ONE of the following: –A place which made you feel delighted –A place which made you feel furious –A place which made you feel excited –A place which made you feel secure –A place which made you feel scared –A place which made you feel alienated –A place that you would like to visit again –A place which made you feel valued –A place which spiritually invigorated you

18 Copyright Tony Lau 2012 Dull topics In one minute, write down as many dull topics as you can think of. In one minute, write down as many dull topics as you can think of.

19 Copyright Tony Lau 2012 The most beautiful word From the list of the most beautiful words compiled by the British Council below, please choose the most beautiful word and elucidate your choice in ONE sentence. From the list of the most beautiful words compiled by the British Council below, please choose the most beautiful word and elucidate your choice in ONE sentence. motherdestinysunshinegrace passionfreedomsweetheartrainbow smilelibertygorgeousfantastic lovetranquillitycherishblossom eternitypeaceenthusiasmhope

20 Copyright Tony Lau 2012 You desire List EIGHT things you desire at present List EIGHT things you desire at present

21 Copyright Tony Lau 2012 First Challenge Idea development and idea organization at the sentence level Idea development and idea organization at the sentence level –Good writing should be logical. –The problem is that our students writing has a lot of illogical ideas, even though the sentences are grammatically correct.

22 Copyright Tony Lau 2012 First Challenge - Examples 1. Pigs can fly. a. Pigs can fly when they are on an airplane. b. Pigs can fly in the comic book I am reading now.

23 Copyright Tony Lau 2012 First Challenge Instructions: Please make the following ILLOGICAL sentences become LOGICAL ones. You can ADD words at the end of the sentences but you CANNOT CHANGE any words in the original sentences.

24 Copyright Tony Lau 2012 First Challenge 1.It was raining, the ground was dry. 2.The Earth is flat. 3.The sun never sets for half a year. 4.Although Samuel looks ugly, he is handsome. 5.Despite the fact that Mr Chan has a lot of money, he is poor. 6.The full cup of water was empty to John. 7.Birds fly backwards. 8.Barack Obama is no longer the American President. 9.There is no law and order in New York. 10.The cat is both dead and alive.

25 Copyright Tony Lau 2012 Time to work

26 Copyright Tony Lau 2012 First Challenge Idea Development and Organization Your show time!

27 Copyright Tony Lau 2012 Second challenge Warm up question: Warm up question: –How many skills are there in the English language?

28 Copyright Tony Lau 2012 Second Challenge Idea development and organisation based on visuals Idea development and organisation based on visuals –Group work and discussion

29 Copyright Tony Lau 2012 Second Challenge (A) Image courtesy of Mr. Peter Kennedy

30 Copyright Tony Lau 2012 Time to work

31 Copyright Tony Lau 2012 Second Challenge Idea Development and Organization Your show time!

32 Copyright Tony Lau 2012 Second Challenge (B) Which of the following movie posters on each page do you like more and why?

33 Copyright Tony Lau 2012 Movie posters The Iron Lady The Iron Lady John Carter John Carter Hugo Hugo Johnny English Reborn Johnny English Reborn The Ghost Rider The Ghost Rider The Artist The Artist The Descendants The Descendants The Avengers The Avengers Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close The Lady The Lady

34 Copyright Tony Lau 2012 Third Challenge Making a TV commercial Making a TV commercial Group Work and Presenting Group Work and Presenting

35 Copyright Tony Lau 2012 I was loving it ! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mx0IJnO3o8g

36 Copyright Tony Lau 2012 Examples of famous taglines Carlsberg: Probably the best beer in the world! American Express: Dont leave home without it.

37 Copyright Tony Lau 2012 Turkish Airlines Manchester United http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0p5FrOEaflU

38 Copyright Tony Lau 2012 Blackberry vs Apple http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVO8o_PKvVg

39 Copyright Tony Lau 2012 Time to work

40 Copyright Tony Lau 2012 Third Challenge Idea Development and Organization Your show time!

41 Copyright Tony Lau 2012 Good Examples of Creative Writing Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Shakespeare Undead Shakespeare Undead Diary of a Wimpy Vampire Diary of a Wimpy Vampire Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Frankenstein: Lost Souls Frankenstein: Lost Souls

42 Copyright Tony Lau 2012 Summing Up We can help our students develop and organize their ideas creatively through listening (e.g. songs), speaking (e.g. rap talk), reading, writing (e.g. freewriting), viewing and presenting tasks. We can help our students develop and organize their ideas creatively through listening (e.g. songs), speaking (e.g. rap talk), reading, writing (e.g. freewriting), viewing and presenting tasks.

43 Copyright Tony Lau 2012 Summing Up Be observant, passionate, proactive, and reflexive in English language teaching and you could help your students develop and organize their writing creatively. Be observant, passionate, proactive, and reflexive in English language teaching and you could help your students develop and organize their writing creatively.

44 Copyright Tony Lau 2012 BE OBE P BE R BE P OBSERVANTPASSIONATE REFLEXIVE PROACTIVE Tips for good writing

45 Copyright Tony Lau 2012 Good luck and God bless! You can also become a magical writer like J. K. Rowling if you try your utmost every day!

46 Copyright Tony Lau 2012 Question & Answer Session

47 Copyright Tony Lau 2012 A thundering applause for all of you coming to this workshop!


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