7. Writing: Thinking about my school days
|Unidad 1 – Tema 1 – Podcast número 10
Congratulations! We are coming to the end of our lesson now, you have learned and/or reviewed many different aspects of the English language, and have learned and compared some cultural aspects as well. Now, it is time to put it down on paper (if we were using a traditional method :), or rather, store it in a file (we may need it again some day…).
Our written task is going to allow us to go back and think about our school days.
Some questions which will help us to organize our written piece are:
What period in time were you at school?
Where did you go to school?
What was your school like?
What did you like best about it?
What didn’t you like about it?
Did you have lunch at school?
How did you get to it?
What were your teachers like?
Did the teachers make the classes interesting?
How many people were in the class?
Did you get along with all of them?
Did you make any really good friends?
Are you still in touch with any of them?
What do you miss from your school days?
Remember that our written piece should have at least three paragraphs:
1. An introduction.
2. The development of the storyline.
3. A conclusion.
Answering the questions above should help you with that organization. Read our example:
Thinking about my school days.
I was at school from 1992 to 2012.
I went to school in Billings, Montana.
It was a large school with a lot of students. There were two gyms, a cafeteria where we used to have lunch and an assembly room where we used to act out our plays. The classes were spacious and bright. It was always clean and fresh. What I liked most about it was that the teachers were friendly and kind.
One thing I didn’t like about it was the fact that it was a long way from my house. I had to get up very early to take the school bus. It was often cold and snowy and I had to wait outside.
My mother would always pack my lunch in my metal lunch box and give my some money for milk or a juice.
I remember we listened a lot and we had to be very quiet, at the same time, we often worked on projects and in pairs or goups, the class would get very noisy then.
My class was very big, there were 35 boys and girls in it.
For the most part, my classmates were friendly. I have to admit that I was very shy and usually kept to myself.
I had one very good friend, his name was Donald. His father was in the army so he was transferred. We are still in touch through Facebook!
I guess what I most miss about my school days is not having reponsibilities.
So, what conclusion can you draw from the above activity?
If you ask yourself some questions about the topic your are going to write about, they will help you organize your writing