100th Post Free Class Giveaway!

It’s been about a year since I’ve begun this blog, and have been encouraging the use of it in my classroom. I fell in love with the idea of connecting the variety of students I had in my classroom, connecting … Continue reading

Free Friday: Writing Part 1


Hamburger WritingI know you’ve probably always heard, “don’t play with your food” but today we are going to have a bit of fun with it. Okay, so we’re not really going to play with it, but realize how useful a good ‘ol fashion hamburger can be….and how it’ll help you and your writing.

Whatever writing you’re currently doing, GREAT! Keep it up. It can be therapeutic, and a way to get things off our chest, or learn how to express ourselves. It can be personal and connect us with dear friends that are not so near, but then of course, it can be necessary for our academic and professional future. [Un]fortunately academic writing is what we’ll focus on today. We’ll start with some basics, academic writing 101 if you will, and learn some basic concepts that maybe you’re not familiar with, or just not comfortable with yet….


The paragraph is necessary in just about any form of academic writing. It can be the main substance of short/quick writes, or it can be just a small part of a much bigger essay. Learning about what makes a great paragraph will help create better structured, stronger writing assignments. So….
what is a paragraph?

a group of sentences that relate to a main subject or ‘theme’, and usually begins on a new line with an indentation

There are 3 main parts to a paragraph that we will focus on in part 1, similar to a hamburger:

Hamburger Writing(1)


 Topic Sentence:

As the first sentence, its job is important and needs to name the subject/theme of the paragraph. It will briefly state what the theme is and what the paragraph will continue to describe/explain.

  • 2 parts: topic & controlling idea
    • topic: name the subject/theme
    • controlling idea: explain what the paragraph will be about

Supporting Sentences:

The middle sentences are the details, “the meat.” [or in my case, the veggie patty♥] They are called supporting sentences, because they do just that, give support to the topic sentence and provide more details/descriptions/explanations about the paragraph’s subject.

  • transitional words help guide these supporting sentences, and explain the subject/theme introduced in the topic sentence
    • example ~ listing order: first, second, third, additionally, finally, also

Concluding Sentence:

The final sentence will conclude, or end, the paragraph. It often repeats the main idea of the topic sentence [in different words, of course], will summarize the main points, or in longer essays, will give a good lead into the following paragraph.

  • single paragraphs will use the concluding sentence to remind the reader the main point, or summarize what was said
  • paragraphs part of an essay will conclude the main idea while transitioning into the next
  • transitional words help reinforce it’s the end/transition
    • in short, finally, in conclusion, to conclude, to sum up, in summary, indeed

Don’t forget your sentence structure!

simple structure:           Subject + verb [+ object]

compound sentence:      simple structured sentence, + coordinating conjunction + simple structured sentence

connecting words to remember:

and ~ connects 2 or more similar ideas in an affirmative sentence

or~connects 2 or more similar ideas in a negative sentence  || OR || connects 2 choices/alternatives

coordinating conjunctions: (FANBOYS)

for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so


Let’s take a look at this similar paragraph example from the Longman Writing Series:

Beaches are fun in summer and in winter. In summer, you can swim and do many other water sports. If you don’t like water sports, you can play beach games or relax. In winter, beaches are less crowded, so they’re good for solitary walks. Also, on a clear winter night, nothing is more fun that a big bonfire. Indeed, a beach is a place to have fun all year.

Can you identify the topic sentence [topic & controlling idea], the supporting sentences, and the concluding sentence? [see below to check]


For your own practice, try writing some paragraphs in the comment section, or send by e-mail through the contact page. Some idea topics you can writing about:

  • introducing family
  • describing a place
  • state the reason you’re learning English
  • express your opinion about this blog
  • your favorite winter/summer activity


Happy Studying & Happy Writing ♥

I look forward to hearing from you.

Beaches are fun in summer and in winter
} topic: Beaches controlling: are fun in summer and in winter
In summer, you can swim and do many other water sports. If you don’t like water sports, you can play beach games or relax.

In winter, beaches are less crowded, so they’re good for solitary walks.
Also, on a clear winter night, nothing is more fun that a big bonfire.
Indeed, a beach is a place to have fun all year.

Cartoon Friday ~Body Idioms

♥ ¡ Happy Friday! ♥

Enjoy this week’s cartoons



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Cartoon Friday~ All about Family

W.     I.    F.   F. !!!

Wooooooo       It’s      Finally      Friday !!!


This week’s Cartoon Friday is all about family in honor of yesterday’s Idioms of the Weeks and International Day of Families (May 15)


Happy Studying! Happy Weekend! ♥

Cartoon Friday ~ Humor with Mood Idioms


Hey! T.G.I.F!!!  This is an extension to this week’s idiom post: Be on Cloud Nine with these Idioms for Feelings and Moods

I thought it would be a fabulous opportunity to see how some of these idioms are being used through humor, and see them in pictures. Enjoy learning through laughter today!

First, enjoy this video featuring Rachel Dratch and her character from Saturday Night Live, “Debbie Downer.”

See how negative she can be, what does she complain about?




Have a wonderful Friday, Happy Studying! ♥

Remember to share these cartoons with a friend to extend the smiles, and check back for words of the weekend tomorrow and Sunday!


Cartoon Friday ~ Technology and Education: Does it mix?

Is it Friday already?! Is it just me, or has this week has flown by!?  Happy Friday my favorite English lovers! This week let’s take humor to the classroom, and look at something that everyone loves: technology.  You’re utilizing technology right now for learning (or are you?). So they work well together, right? 🙂

Below are some humorous examples of the use of technology in education, failing ….big time! I’d love to hear about your experiences with education and technology, both positive and negative! Let me know in the comment section. Each picture also has a caption with a question that you can answer. Have a go!

Hope everyone has an excellent weekend, and of course, Happy Studying and ‘Cartooning’ ! ♥



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Cartoon Friday ~ English Rules!

Happy Friday English lovers! Cartoon Friday is here, and to keep things interesting, I’ve included some fun information about English. What do you think?