By Larry Ferlazzo
"As wary of formulaic writing as I am, I have found teaching two simple "formulas" useful to our students to help them develop a sense of self-confidence. One is "ABC" (Answer the Question, Back it up with evidence like a quotation, and make a Comment or Connection) and the other is "PQC" (make a Point, Quote from the text supporting your point, Make a connection to your personal experience, another text, or some other knowledge). You can see examples of these kinds of paragraphs here. Having these simple formulas in mind has clearly helped my students overcome initial reluctance to write, and they have been able to use them as "jumping off points" to writing that is more expansive and complex.
"These next three paragraphs are adapted from my upcoming book,Self-Driven Learning: Teaching Strategies for Student Motivation and, specifically, from a chapter on writing instruction I co-authored with Lara and several other colleagues. It focuses on using inductive teaching and learning:
"Briefly, one way to use the inductive method in writing instruction is by presenting students with numerous short or longer examples of information on a broader topic (called a "data set") -- let's say "earthquakes" -- which they then to place into categories. Here are
two examples of a data set that are simple and designed for Beginning/Intermediate English Language Learners, but they can also be made far more complex and lengthy."