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G UI D ED W R I T I N G
Preparing to Write: Forming Sentences
Before we write a short essay, it would be good to practise writing proper sentences. In English, the most basic sentence must contain at least a subject (noun) and a verb. It follows the “formula” of Subject+Verb. For example, Ali walks. After the verb, an object (noun) or further explanation can be added (e.g adverbs of manner, time and place). For example, Ali walks to school every morning. If the “verb to be” (is, am, are, was, were) is used, adjectives can be added after it to give further descriptions of the subject (e.g. Ali is handsome). You can combine sentences by using conjunctions such as “and, but, or, for, so”.

Practise 1: Locate the errors in the following sentences and rewrite them in a proper structure. 1. Computers benefits bring to human in today’s world. _________________________________________________________________________ 2. Many people watch like to at home television. _________________________________________________________________________ 3. Football is a game that enjoy men. _________________________________________________________________________ 4. Hollywood movies famous are in parts every world of the. _________________________________________________________________________ 5. Speaking English difficult is but I learn it must. _________________________________________________________________________

Practise 2: Combine the following sentences by using appropriate conjunctions. Make sure the meaning is logical. 1. Online shopping is getting more popular. Many people still like to go to malls. _________________________________________________________________________ 2. Mobile phones can cause health problems. Mobile phones can be misused. _________________________________________________________________________ 3. We can choose to go to the zoo. We can just stay at home. _________________________________________________________________________ 4. The petrol price has increased. The transportation fare remains the same. _________________________________________________________________________ 5. Writing is a very tiring process. It is boring too. _________________________________________________________________________

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The Writing Process
The writing process covers: Step 1: Pre-writing – thinking about your topic and organising your ideas. Step 2: Writing – using your ideas and write a first draft Step 3: Revising – improving what you have written.

Now, let’s try to practise these processes in writing an academic essay of not less than 200 words. The topic that we are going to write is “The Benefits of the Internet”.

A. Step 1: Pre-writing
Look at these two comic strips about the Internet. What can you understand from them? Try to list as many words that can be used to describe the situation in the comic.

online business __________________ __________________ __________________ __________________ __________________ __________________ __________________

communication __________________ __________________ __________________ __________________ __________________ __________________ __________________

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English Worksheet Now, look at the following mind map and add in other information that is suitable for the topic. You
may add more branches if want to.

________________________ ________________________ ________________________ _

Promote business via ecommerce (online business)

________________________ ________________________ ________________________ _

What is the Internet?

Fast and effective communication tool

_________________________ _________________________ _______________________

Exchange information with the rest of the class. Are they the same? Discuss with your partner and identify the important ones. When discussing, formulate the topic sentence for the main points that you have chosen (at least 3 main points). The topic sentence will tell readers what you are going to explain in each paragraph.

B. Step 2: Writing
With the points that you have gathered in Step 1, let’s start writing the essay. To begin, we need to write the introduction of the essay. You can start by introducing the Internet in general.

The Benefits of the Internet
Paragraph 1: Introduction What is the Internet? In general, the Internet is……

Thesis statement – Tell the readers that you want to write about the benefits of Internet

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Paragraph 2: Point 1: _____________________________ Topic Sentence for Point 1 The first benefit of the Internet is…

Elaborations and supporting details. Ask questions like Why? and How?

Paragraph 3: Point 2: _____________________________ Topic Sentence for Point 2 Besides that, the Internet also brings….

Elaborations and supporting details. Ask questions like Why? and How?

Paragraph 4: Point 2: _____________________________ Topic Sentence for Point 2 Moreover, the Internet is beneficial in….

Elaborations and supporting details. Ask questions like Why? and How?

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Paragraph 5: Concluding Paragraph (Closing) Summary of points – briefly list out the benefits of Internet that you have explained Concluding statement (restate the thesis)

C. Step 3: Revising
Look back at your writing. Get comments from the teacher and compare it with your friends’. Then, rewrite it in full. Remember to use proper paragraphing.

The Benefits of the Internet

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