Practice makes perfect.

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Hello. Classes at HIUC Osaka are going well. The attendance for my class has been very good. Almost all the students in my class have perfect attendance. This is very important. If you do not go to class, you miss information, and it is easy to fall behind. We are not as far in the text as I had planned, but we are not too far behind the plan. Some students are still trying to get a handle on the homework (trying to complete it all and keep up), but most of them are doing fine and getting everything done.

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Last night, I graded the students’ second book reports. A few were too short or had too many grammar errors, but most were okay. There were a couple that had really nice summaries, and a few had lots of details when talking about what they liked and did not like about their books. The next book report will be a different style, but I am sure the students will do fine.

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The students are in the process of finishing their second multi-draft paragraph. A multi-draft paragraph means the students write the same paragraph 2 or 3 times. First, they hand in their paragraphs for the first time. I check them, put comments on them, and return them to the students. The students then fix their paragraphs and hand them in again. I check them again, put comments on them, and return them to the students. Then they hand in their paragraphs for the last time. I grade the final copy. Writing the same paragraph many times gives them a chance to learn many things. They can work on their paragraph structure skills, their word choice, and their grammar.

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They students first wrote about one of their memorable events. They wrote about a special day that they will never forget. The second paragraph was about bad drivers. They had to describe three different types of bad drivers. Many students wrote about speed demons, multitaskers and Sunday drivers. Speed demons drive too fast, multitaskers do too many things at the same times as they are driving, and Sunday drivers do not pay attention when they are driving. The students had to focus on writing lots of specific details in their paragraphs. Most of them did very well.

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Next, we are going to look at descriptive paragraphs. This means the paragraph describes a thing, a person, or a place. It is like making a picture with words. It is very important to use lots of specific and descriptive details when writing this type of paragraph. It might be a little difficult for them, but I hope they enjoy it.

Have a good week.