flesl.net paired stories: writing (Jonathan Lebed)

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paragraph of moral persuasion:
a paragraph in which the writer tries to convince the reader that some action (or some sort of action is morally right or wrong

convince:
if you convince someone of something, you get then to believe it

morality:
the subject of morality concerns what is right and wrong (good and bad) (adv ‘morally’; adj ‘moral’)

• writing activities for ‘Jonathan Lebed’

1. writing

• instructions

- Write paragraph of moral persuasion which leads to one of the conclusions listed below.

- Maximum length: 250 words. Maximum time: 40 minutes.

• topics:

a: even if what jonathan did was not against the law it was still morally wrong for him to do it.

b: even though jonathan got into trouble for what he did, he didn’t really do anything that was morally wrong.

c: by allowing him to start buying and selling stocks at such an early age, jonathan’s parents were/were not doing a good job of bringing him up.

2. correction

• form groups of three (or four)

• exchange paragraphs with your partner(s)

• silently check your partners' papers for errors

3. discussion

• choose one paragraph from your group for reading to another group

• send the author of the chosen paragraph to another group and invite that group to send someone to your group

• listen while your guest reads his or her paragraph aloud

• if your guest’s pronunciation or grammar causes confusion, interrupt and ask for clarification

• when your guest has finished reading, summarize his or her paragraph to make sure it has been fully understood

• discuss with your guest the content of his or her paragraph