flesl.net paired stories: writing (Richard Coman)

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argumentative paragraph:
a paragraph which attempts in an organized and logical way to get the reader to agree with opinion of the writer (which tries to ‘persuade’in other words)

should be legally obliged:
should be required (i.e. forced) by the law

caring for:
looking after

handicapped:
having some physical or mental disability

state:
the government (or the ‘society‘

• writing activities for ‘Richard Coman’

1. writing

• instructions

- Write an argumentative paragraph on one of the topics listed below.

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

• topics:

a: if there is something wrong with a newborn baby, doctors should be legally obliged to immdediately discuss the problem fully and honestly with the parents.

b: parents caring for a handicapped child should be properly paid by the state for doing so.

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