To illustrate the linear nature of academic writing in English, try using the image of the train.

At the most basic level, cartoons can be used to practice sequencing and to create simple dialogues. They can also be used for practicing grammatical structures, vocabulary and for reading and writing practice.
Mad libs are a great way to help students improve their understanding of parts of speech. They are a variation on classic cloze exercises, except that students need to choose a word that is a specific part of speech to fill in the blanks.
How many of us have heard our students say that they don't know what to write about or have no ideas? A powerful picture speaks volumes. Using PicLits, those stalled writers may find some inspiration!
This method starts with a theme or context (the “whole”), pulls out specific parts to analyze, then goes back to a text to practice the “part” in context. It can help students work on spelling, reading, and pronunciation skills.
Writing book and pen
To improve writing fluency and to practice language specific to the chosen role play situation. An interesting problem can get students writing without being too concerned about making mistakes.
Incorporate text messaging into reading and writing instruction for ESL or general literacy/ABE learners.
Wikis are a great tool for committees of any kind that need to produce a collaborative work, and they could be used for teachers to collaborate on lesson planning.
Are there really that many different ways to blog? I was unconvinced until I viewed an excellent slide show called "The 25 Basic Styles of Blogging... and When to Use Each One."



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