Objective:

Practice a systematic way to generate ideas for and compose a one-paragraph article as grammatically correct as possible within an ESL student's current limitations.

Directions:

Given a topic question, for example: What is your most important possession?

  1. Brainstorm about seven isolated nouns, being as concrete and specific as possible, for example: hands, spoon, shoes, phone, computer, eyes, ears.
  2. In light of the given topic question, visualize relationships among the brainstormed details, for example: hands are my most important possession and my other important possessions depend on or are equal to my hands.
  3. Draft a simple sentence for each brainstormed detail that belongs in a discussion of the given topic question, for example: My hands are my most important possession. My other important possessions are my eyes, ears, shoes, phone, computer, spoon, and shoes. My other important possessions can be replaced by my hands. My hands can be my eyes. I can feel in the darkness. My hands can be my ears. I can feel very soft or low sounds. My other important possessions depend on my hands. My hands tie or buckle my shoes. My hands carry and dial my phone. My hands control my computer keyboard and mouse. I can eat without a spoon. But, I can't cook without a spoon. I must hold the spoon in my hands. I can't live my life without my hands.