Dear Mom and Dad A college student’s letter home
Thoughtless • A thoughtless person does not think about the feelings of other people. • Think- present tense A thought is what you get when you think, such as an idea or concept. thought+less means without thinking
Thoughtful Thoughtless • A friend who remembers your birthday is thoughtful. • A friend who does not think or care about your feelings is thoughtless. Happy Birthday! She forgot about our date!
Up to date Up to now, To this point, So far, Hasta la fecha
Concussion • Injury to the brain by a hard hit or accident
I am getting along • Everything is OK. • Everything is fine. • I am doing well.
Open arms • To welcome someone with open arms
Dictation Guidelines • In the first part of the dictation fill in the blanks with the words you hear. • If you do not know how to spell a word just spell it the best you can. • Please do not ask questions during the dictation, just concentrate on listening and writing. • You will be working with your partner on the right to correct and discuss the dictation when we are finished with part I. • Then, you will finish the rest of the letter by filling in the blanks your partner.
Discussion Questions- Think, Pair, Share • 1. What was the purpose of this letter? • 2. Do you think that Susan’s letter put the “D” and “F” in perspective (the big picture)? How would you tell your parents something that you know will upset them? • 3. Can you think of a time where you had to prepare someone for the hard truth? What did you have to tell them, and how did you prepare them?
Writing Prompt • Write a letter back to Susan from her parents • Be sure to use a greeting and a closing • Refer to her letter as appropriate • OR • Tell of a time when you had to prepare someone for bad news and describe how you handled it. Was your method effective?
How can we stimulate discussion and give structured support to ESL students learning to write in different genres? Kathleen Taylor
Types of Dictation • Partial- Cloze, Could be idioms, verbs, etc. • Pair- Students work in pairs to combine two-part texts into one continuous speech. One student has a copy of dictation “Student A,” and the other student has dictation “Student B”. Student A dictates and Student B writes, then B dictates and A writes. Dictogloss-the focus is getting the main idea or focus Prediction- Great as a Anticipation Guide Note Taking- students write down information they think is important Teacher or student created to fit what you want to teach!
Resources • Interactive Dictations by Judy DeFilippo and Catherine Sadow • Dictations for Discussion by Judy DeFilippo and Catherine Sadow