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GAZI UNIVERSITY FACULTY OF EDUCATION ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING DEPARTMENT TEACHING LANGUAGE SKILLS COURSE WRITING PRESENTATION

PREPARED BY

NYAZ DEMREL 090564050 / 312

SUBMITTED TO

ASST. PROF. DR. GULSEN DEMIR


2012

Exercise 1. Look at the pictures below. What are they related to? Do you like books? What kind of books do you like? What is the last book you have read? How was it?

WRITING
Writing Tip - Using adjectives Adjectives give colour to your writing and show what you think. compare a and b a) No adjectives Gangs of New York is a film. It's got a storyline. Daniel Day Lewis is an actor. b) Gangs of New York is a huge and exciting film. It's got a weird and unusual storyline. Daniel Day Lewis is a brilliant actor.

- A BOOK REVIEW

Writing Tip - Strong adjectives Use strong adjectives to make your writing more interesting The concert was good She's got a bad voice The concert was fantastic She's got a terrible voice

Exercise 2. Do these adjectives have a positive or negative meaning? Put them into the correct groups. fantastic rocking awful cool great excellent terrible superb mega- popular large brilliant little

Positive

Negative

Exercise 3. Read the text below and complete the missing parts boring large little young third teenage The 1) ....... Days new mega-popular best The 2)....... series of this 3)........ drama has all the usual using the adjectives in the box. characters living with the difficulties of 4)....... life. There are some 5) ....... faces in this series too. The series is set in a 6) ........ school in London. This teen soap has got a rich storyline - it's never 7)........ ! It's about 8) ....... people growing up and living with the problems of teenage years. In this series, new boy Kieran is bullied by Chucky's 9) ........ sister, Mary. Kieran is played by Mickey Kelly, and Mary is played by Storm Hawke. The Best Days was created by Carole Young and Chrisse Eastburn. The series is produced by Ken Parr.

Exercise 4. Look at the sample book review below and answer the questions. 1. How do we start to write a report? 2. Examine the first paragraph. What information does the first paragraph have? 3. Examine the following paragraphs. What information do they have ? What are the important things while writing a book review? What and how should be written?
4. How do we finish the review? 5. What kind of time expressions do we use?

TWILIGHT Twilight is the story of Edward and Bellas romance. It is written by Stephenie Meyer. The story is told in first person from the perspective of Bella, so the reader only ever know what she knows, making Edward and his family a mystery that is slowly unravelled through out the book. I liked that even by the end of the book I was still thirsting for more of the Cullen family back story. I hope that their characters might be developed further in future books. The main characters are Bella and Edward. Bella herself is a well written and realistic character, shy and lacking in confidence, her sarcastic inner voice narrates the story for the reader. Edward is a vampire. He is beautiful, and intelligent as he has a vivid memory . Edward is also faster then most vampires and has a tallent that allows him to hear what other people are thinking. Edward has a wonderfull personality and is super strong. The romance between Edward and Bella is both touching and compelling. There is a melancholic feel to their impossible love, yet at the same time they both are unwilling to give up hope that their relationship is not doomed. The book reaches a fever pitch of excitement as the romance

between Bella and Edward turns into a frantic race to stay alive. It is simply and yet beautifully written. The descriptions of Forks leave you feeling like you can almost smell the damp air and hear the rain falling on the roof. I think that the book can be quite long for young adults. But dont let that put you off reading it. Because each page is to be savoured. It is so unique in its own genre. Believe me, this is one book that you wont want to end. I really liked it.

1. First give your review a title. It can be the name of the book

For example: Twilight 2. Later, in the description part you give the basic information about the book. What is it about? Who is it written by?

For example: Twilight is the story of Edward and Bellas romance. It is written by Stephenie Meyer.

3. In the review part you should give more detailed information about the book, the main characters and your own opinions.

From what point of view is the book written? What is the storyline? Where is it set? What is it about? - Add your opinion Who are the main characters? What does the main characters do in the story? Are the characters credible? - Give your opinion What do you like/ not like about the book ?

And what do you think is different, unusual or interesting?

For example: The story is told in first person from the perspective of Bella, so the reader only ever know what she knows, making Edward and his family a mystery that is slowly unravelled through out the book. I liked that even by the end of the book I was still thirsting for more of the Cullen family back story. I hope that their characters might be developed further in future books. The main characters are Bella and Edward. Bella herself is a well written and realistic character, shy and lacking in confidence, her sarcastic inner voice narrates the story for the reader. Edward is a vampire. He is beautiful, and intelligent as he has a vivid memory . Edward is also faster then most vampires and has a tallent that allows him to hear what other people are thinking. Edward has a wonderfull personality and is super strong. The romance between Edward and Bella is both touching and compelling. There is a melancholic feel to their impossible love, yet at the same time they both are unwilling to give up hope that their relationship is not doomed. The book reaches a fever pitch of excitement as the romance between Bella and Edward turns into a frantic race to stay alive. It is simply and yet beautifully written. The descriptions of Forks leave you feeling like you can almost smell the damp air and hear the rain falling on the roof.

4. You can end your review with a short final paragraph. You can suggest yhe book to the other readers. Should people read the book? Why should they read it?

For example: I think that the book can be quite long for young adults. But dont let that put you off reading it. Because each page is to be savoured. It is so unique in its own genre. Believe me, this is one book that you wont want to end. I really liked it.

5. You can use adjectives to give your review colour and make your sentences stronger.

For example: The romance between Edward and Bella is both touching and compelling.

Exercise 4. Now think of a book you know well. Write a review about the book you have chosen. You can use the plan below to help you.

PLAN

Title - Give your review a title. It can be the name of the book.

Description What is it about? Who is it written by? What sort of book is it? Is it a new book? What is new? Review What is the storyline? Where is it set? What is it about? - Add your opinion Who are the main characters? What does the main characters do in the story? Are the characters credible? - Give your opinion What do you like/ not like about the book ? And what do you think is different, unusual or interesting? Finish your review Write a short final paragraph- should people read the book? Would you recommend this book to another person?

Exercise 5. Check your draft. Pay attention to the strong adjectives in your review. Are your opinions clear? Write a good copy in your notebook.