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Universidad Nacional Abierta y a Distancia

Academic and Research Vice-rector

Activity 3 – Writing assignment

1. General description of the course

Faculty or Vicerrectoría de Relaciones Internacionales

Academic Unit
Academic Level Professional, specialization, master
Academic Field Common basic interdisciplinary training
Course Name English b1
Course Code 900003
Course Type Methodological Can be yes ☐ No ☒
Number of Credits 3

2. Description of the activity

Type of the Individu Collaborat Number

☐ ☒ 5
activity: al ive of weeks
Moment of Intermedi
Initial ☐ ☐ Final ☐
evaluation: ate:
Delivery Environment: Monitoring
Evaluative score: 70
and Evaluation
Starting date: February 19 th Closing date: March 26 th
Competence to develop:
Build a text that accounts for work produced with the support of the E-
Tutor and e-students. Through this exercise, the student will e-
recognition and ownership of the contents of the units, their
environment and the context to express themselves according to their
Topics to develop:
Grammar, Unit 1 and 2
Should, simple past tense, modal verbs of advice: should, ought
to, had to, comparatives, go +ing
Recommendations, describing the weather, giving advice. Description
of price and length, past events, recreational activities.

Steps, phases of the learning strategy to develop:

Central task - Writing assignment - Production
Phase 1: Students work in collaborative groups.
Phase 2: Students present a written text.
Phase 3: Students give feedback and reflection on the task.
Activities to carry out:
Step 1
Introduce yourself (Name, age, address, phone number and occupation)

Step 2
Read carefully the following requests and select one to develop, at the
end there will be each students developing a different part of the final
Be aware that if there is one mate absent in the forum the rest of the
group must fulfill all the parts in the writing assignment final doc.
Once you have solve the question, post it in the fórum for all the mates
to know and check it.
Question 1.
The answers to the questions are entirely up to you. There is no right or
wrong – only ideas. Once an idea appeals to you, follow it through. You
will be pleasantly surprised at how quickly a story will emerge from the
answers you give.
Martha slammed the door in Jairo’s face because…………
The train crashed because….
Raul read his wife’s diary and discovered. ……………
The small boy ran away from ……………
Silvana had never seen a …………… look so scared before.
Ben climbed the mountain and ……….
According with the information above, write a story, use at least 4 of the
6 sentences:

Question 2
Story without a middle
There are three main parts to a story:
The BEGINNING says where and when a story happens and who the
people or characters are.
The MIDDLE tells what happens to these people.
The CONCLUSION tells how the story ends.
Read the story below. It has a beginning and a conclusion but no
Sally sat at the back of the classroom, looking out of the window. She
didn't hear what the teacher said because she was thinking about her
big problem.........
Sally jumped up and ran to the phone. She just knew everything was
going to be alright again.
Now write two ideas what Sally's problem could be:
Choose the idea you like best, and write about it. Write the story again
putting your middle between the beginning and the end of the story of
Sally's problem.

Question 3

Book review
A book report gives the author's name, the book title, and says what the
book is about.
Read this book report by one of last year's students.
AUTHOR: Robert Benchley
TYPE OF BOOK: Adventure
CONTENT: It's about a big shark which eats people when they are
OPINION: I liked the story. It was exciting and a bit frightening. I've
seen the film - that was good too.
Answer these questions about the book report.
1. What is the book about?
2. Who wrote it?
3. What did the student think about the book?
4. Was it a love story?
Now read this book review by another student.
"I didn't like the story about the ship; it was boring and the pictures in
it weren't very good. J.R Smith wrote "The Sinking of the Titanic"
because his father was killed when the ship hit an iceberg. More than
1,000 people died when the ship sank. I don't like True Life stories - I
prefer adventures."
The book review is a bit mixed up. Rewrite the information under the
headings below.

Question 4
Making sentences:
Some of the words in these sentences have been put in the wrong place.
Can you fix them? Write the words in the right order. The first sentence
has been done for you.
(Hint: remember that sentences start with capital letters and end with
full stops!)
Example: work Your days are and Monday, Wednesday Thursday.
Your work days are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.
are work of hours Your nine o’clock to five o’clock.
______________ ______________ of ____________ ____________
nine o`clock to five o`clock.
get You lunch an hour for
____________ get an hour for ____________.
paid weekly You are
____________ are paid _____________.

to holiday You pay are entitled

_____________ are entitled to ____________ _____________.
Question 5
Nicknames for New York
Use the words in the box to complete the text below. Write the missing
words in the space.

Describe City
Newspaper Name
Biggest Community
Recorded Visitor
Choose Cities
Nicknames Popular

_____________ are used to describe people, places or things. Many

American ___________ have nicknames. They can help create
identities, build unity and help people feel a sense of pride in their
Some years ago, marketing and advertising experts were asked to
____________ the best nickname for an American ____________. The
winner was the nation’s biggest city, New York. The nickname they
chose was “The Big Apple”.
Where did the nickname “Big Apple” originally come from? In the
nineteen seventies, New York suffered from image problems. The
number of ____________ was falling. A campaign was launched to give
the city a new image and a new nickname. The New York board chose
the nickname “The Big Apple”
It was not the first time the nickname had been used to describe the
city. A journalist for a New York ____________ had used the name “The
Big Apple” to ____________ New York in the nineteen twenties.
The Big Apple was also the ____________ of a night club in the Harlem
area of New York City in the nineteen thirties, as well as the name of a
____________ dance and hit song around that time.
“The Big Apple” is not the only nickname for America’s ____________
city. Almost one hundred nicknames that describe New York have been
____________. Some of the best known nicknames for New York are
“The Capital of the World”, “Empire City”, “Gotham”, “The City So Nice
They Named it Twice” and “The City That Never Sleeps.”

Step 3.
Compilator or rapporteur, will arrange all the introductions as “First Moment
In the same document must appear the 5 questions checked and solved
correctly and named as “Second Moment”.

t for the
Collaborative Learning
Upload the Final Document in PDF or Word format with
following information:
Products to
deliver by
1. First page: complete name, CEAD and academic
2. Include the contributions from all the students who
participated in the discussion with all the questions.

General guidelines for the collaborative work

Planning of
activities for
Each student has to write at least 3 interventions in
order to accomplish the selected role.
Roles to Each student has to write at least two significant and
perform by objective comments regarding the opinions of other
the student members of the group.
in the
collaborative The comments should remark mistakes, aspects to
group improve and contribute to the debate.
Collector: Articulate the contributions of all the
Roles and participants of the collaborative group in order to
responsibiliti consolidate the final paper; including only those who
es for the took part of the whole process.
delivery of
products Reviewer: To verify that the final paper and process
meet all the requirements stipulated by the teacher.
Evaluator: To verify that the final paper meets the
criteria stipulated by the rubric. The evaluator must
inform the group about any corrections or adjustments
regarding the quality of the document.

Submissions: To keep track and inform the group

about the submission time, upload the final paper on
time, using the link provided by the teacher or
stipulated by the activity guide. To notify the group
members the final paper was submitted.

Alerts: To notify all the group members about changes

or news related to the submission or elaboration of the
final paper. To notify the teacher through the
collaborative forum and the course messaging that the
final paper was submitted.
It is necessary to use the APA standards in order to
Use of
provide a bibliography of the sources cited in the
According to Dictionaries de la Real Academia Española
“Plagiarism is the action of substantially copying other
people's works, presenting them as own creation."
Therefore, plagiarism is a serious offense; academically
speaking it is equivalent to theft. A student who
plagiarizes does not take his education seriously, and
does not respect the intellectual work of others.

There is no small plagiarism. Using any portion of

another person's work, without acknowledging the
author or source is plagiarism. Now, it is evident that
we all take some ideas from others when it comes to
presenting ours, and that our knowledge is based on
someone else’s knowledge. But when we rely on the
work of others, academic honesty requires that we
explicitly announce the fact that we are using an
external source, either by citing or by paraphrasing
(these terms will be defined below). When we cite or
paraphrase, we clearly identify our source, not only to
give recognition to its author, but also to allow the
reader to look up in a reference text.

There are certain academic events in which it is not

acceptable to quote or paraphrase the work of others.
For instance, if a teacher assigns his or her students a
task in which they are clearly required to answer using
their own ideas and words, then the student should not
consider external sources regardless if they are
properly referenced.

4. Evaluation rubric

Evaluation rubric
Activity Individual Collaborative
☐ ☒
type: Activity Activity
Moment of
the Initial ☐ Intermediate ☒ Final ☐
Performance levels of the collaborative
Assessed Scor
Aspect e
High score Media score Low score
There is The
minimum participations
participation in are relevant,
the writing articulated and
There is not
forum, besides it contribute to the
Participatio forum
neither meets construction of
n participation at
the requirements the final 20
& all.
of the guide and document. The
schedule nor the contributions are
netiquette posted according
standards. to the schedule.
(Up to 0 (Up to 15 (Up to 20
points) points) points)
The The written
grammatical outcome
structures contains some
The proper use
used are grammatical
of grammar
simple, they inconsistencies
shows a good
Use of do not match and the
knowledge of the 20
grammar the difficulty simplicity of the
level according sentences show
to the contents difficulties in the
of the course. structures.
(Up to 0 (Up to 5 (Up to 20
points) points) points)
The ideas and The document The written final
sentences shows document
written in the inconsistencies contains a
Coherence document look in the proper 15
disorganized, organization and construction of
they are not construction of sentences and
articulated, or ideas; however, paragraphs,
do not have a the objective or making use of
clear main point of logical
objective. view is connectors.
(Up to 0 (Up to 10 (Up to 15
points) points) points)
Although the
vocabulary used
in the final The final
vocabulary is
document document
very limited
matches the contains wide
and does not
difficulty level variety of words
match the
according to the which are used
difficulty level 15
Vocabulary contents of the coherently, with
according to
course, it is appropriate
the contents of
limited and has spelling.
the course.
some spelling
(Up to 0 (Up to 10 (Up to 15
points) points) points)
Final score 70