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Write a paragraph about yourself. Practice what you have learned about paragraph form, putting periods at the end of sentences, and capitalization.

Use the same four steps in writing this paragraph that you used in writing the paragraph about your classmate: take notes, write the first draft, edit it, and write the final draft to hand in.


Preivriting— Taking Notes

Write a brief answer to each question on the line provided. These are the notes you will use to write full sentences in the next step.

What is your complete name? Where do you live?_

When and where were you born? What is your nationality?_

What languages do you speak?

Where did you go to school before this school? What were your favorite school subjects? _

Did you study a foreign language in school? Do you have any hobbies?_

What do you do in your free time?

What are your plans for the future?

STEP 2: Now write your answers in complete sentences. Use correct paragraph

Write the First form as in the model on page 4. Give your paragraph this title: Introducing Draft Myself. Pay special attention to putting periods at the end of all your sen tences and using capital letters correctly.

STEP 3! Follow these editing steps.

Edit the First Draft * First, check the meaning. Read your paragraph silently to yourself.

Does it say what you want it to say about you? Is the meaning of all of the sentences clear? If not, make changes.

• Next, check the mechanics. Read it silently again. This time look for mistakes in punctuation, grammar, spelling, and capitalization. If you find any mistakes, fix them. Use the Paragraph Checklist below as a guide. Put a check next to every item on the list.

• Third, have your partner check the meaning. Read your paragraph aloud to your partner. Ask your partner if any sentences were not clear. If the answer is yes, make changes.

• Finally, have your partner check the mechanics. Ask your partner to read your paragraph silently and to check each item on the Paragraph Checklist. If he or she finds any mistakes, fix them. If you and your partner don't agree about a possible mistake, ask a third student or the teacher.

partners: As you did in Writing Practice 1, you will help your classmate write a clear, correct paragraph by your careful editing. First, listen to the paragraph. Does it make sense? Is it clear? Second, read it silently and check it against the Paragraph Checklist. Again, don't correct anything you are not sure about. And remember to make one or two positive comments about your classmate's writing skills!


□ ~ Check for capital letters. H Check the spelling.

Is there a period at the end of all sentences?


Check the sentences. Do they have at least one subject and one verb, and do they express a complete thought?




Check the paragraph form. (Does the paragraph look like the model on page 4?)


Write the Final Draft

Write a neat final draft of your paragraph to hand in to the teacher.

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