Foreign Language Writing Prompts with Outlines

Foreign (World) Language Writing Prompts and Outlines (French, Spanish) wlteacher.wordpress.comIn an effort to try to cut down on the number of drafts that students need to write, particularly when the language issues are in the areas of spelling, accent placement, verb forms and adjective agreement, try using this approach.  Give the students the topic in advance of an in-class writing assignment along with the prep sheet (see example below).  The prep sheet is for student use and reference during the writing assignment in class.  The left hand side has room for brainstorming and outlining, while right hand site has spaces for nouns, verbs in the infinitive, verb conjugation tables and any other grammatical or mechanical language element that students need to focus on.  Students then write in class and use this sheet, which they have completed on their own based in the topic.  This information is essentially what students will need to reference when working on additional drafts that the teacher has corrected.  This approach has students notice and reference on their own and will most likely make an additional draft unnecessary.  Try having students write on a topic with and without this type of sheet and see how the student work is different.  The grammar topics on the right side should reflect the topic and what the teacher wants the students to use while writing.

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