Hello everyone. I'm a teacher currently teaching Elementary/Middle school in a private school in Daejeon, South Korea.
I've been in the job two weeks. And I've just been asked to write the curriculum for the next two years (this is my first teaching job...)
Does anyone know any good ways of teaching writing? I deal with Middle School students. The students complained that the curriculum was too boring, and to be honest I have to agree. We're using a group of books by Heinle that in my honest opinion are far too advanced for their level of English and the subject. You're talking essays on Clinical depression and freaky meteorological phenomena and that kind of thing and the expected homework is an essay a week on the topic of their choice. To be honest that's far above their capability or rather, their motivation. So I've been working in paragraphs up to an essay. I've been trying to veer towards more relevant topics for them or give them essay models (like bullet points etc) for them to work from and form sentences from. But they still don't know how to write paragraphs...
Does anyone know of any good resources or textbooks or just anything? I would be so grateful. I've been looking at textbooks that are more at their level, but the subject matter is far too young...like late elementary standard. For some reason it's really tricky.