ESL Writing Freshmen 2018 Week 4 | eslwriter

It’s the 4th week of the semester. Time to catch up on writing and editing.
Hour 1
Introduction (5)
Summary of Writing Skills 
Show me, don’t tell me (more descriptive)
Sentences with prepositional phrases (lots of information)
Sentence Variety. Use 1-2-3-4 rule (good style)
Interesting first sentence.
What did we do last week? 

We learned skill #5, writing complex sentences

Writing Activity #1 Editing
Up Coming Quiz 

This is week 4 of the semester. During week 6, you will have a quiz. The quiz is worth 10%.

I will give you a study paper to help you prepare for the quiz next…

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Complex Sentence Drills with Sentence Combining | eslwriter

There is no such thing as good writing. There is only good rewriting. This review lesson builds on that approach with some good old fashioned drills that help English students learn and relearn complex sentences.

This is a follow up writing activity that provides students with extra practice as they strive to perfect the construction of complex sentences. It also shows students how to use a particle clause (verb + ing) in order to avoid mentioning the same subject two times in a single sentence.

This lesson builds on a previous lesson which provided an introduction to…

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Damian Hinds non-committal on North East Opportunity Area at first Education Select Committee | schoolsnortheast

The Secretary of State remained non-committal on the question of expanding Opportunity Areas to the North East in his first appearance before the Education Select Committee this week.

Asked by Gateshead MP Ian Mearns “How many times will we have to raise the fact” that there are no Opportunity Areas in the region before Ministers would “do something about it”, Mr Hinds suggested the North East could learn from what is happening in the current Opportunity Areas.

He said: “Directly funding programmes is only one part of the intended purpose of Opportunity Areas, the other is learning from…

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Unauthorised absences in North East schools at an all-time high | schoolsnortheast

New DfE statistics show unauthorised absence in England and the North East at an all-time high.

In England, the rate of unauthorised pupil absence rose from 1.1% in 2015-16 to 1.3% in 2016-17, the highest since records began. In the North East, the figure rose from 1.3 in 2015-16 to 1.5 in 2016-17, the highest ever for the region.

Rates of persistent absenteeism vary across the region, with Teesside faring the worst.  The rate in Middlesbrough’s secondary schools stood at 20% in 2016/17, the highest in the region, though this constitutes a fall from 21.3% in 2015/16. The full figures are…

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Academy sponsors taking on indebted schools will no longer face financial ‘millstone’ | schoolsnortheast

The Department for Education is removing a ‘millstone’ of debt that has made academy trusts wary of sponsoring some schools in financial difficulties.

It comes despite the opposition of local councils, which have warned that the change could saddle them with millions of pounds of debt.

Currently, when a maintained school that has a deficit is forced to become an academy, the deficit remains with the local council, and the incoming academy trust does not have to pay it off.

However, if the council gives a school a loan instead of licensing a deficit, the responsibility for…

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Teaching union calls for 5% pay rise with possible strike backing  | schoolsnortheast

Following the the announcement of a 6.5% settlement for nurses and NHS staff, Britain’s largest teaching union is calling for a 5% pay rise for those in schools too.

The annual conference of the National Union of Teachers, shortly to merge and become the National Education Union, will consider a motion for a pay claim of 5% alongside other school unions, and ask that the increase be funded by the government rather than from existing school budgets.

Kevin Courtney, the union’s General secretary, backed the government’s ending of some austerity-era pay policies, but he warned that teaching…

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‘moral case’ for baseline assessment and SATs boycott, union leader Kevin Courtney | schoolsnortheast

There is a “moral case” for teachers to boycott the planned baseline assessment of four-year-olds, the leader of the National Education Union (NEU) has said has said.

The Government’s overhaul of primary assessment includes plans to introduce an assessment of children in reception, which will be used as a starting point to measure their progress during their time in primary school.

It is due to be piloted in 2019, before being rolled out nationally the following year.

The plans have proved controversial, with the More than a Score coalition claiming young children “will be pushed into a…

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