Module 2 Writing Activity

In your journal, continue your sentence practice with noun and verb phrases. Write at least one of each of the noun phrases discussed in the unit (prepositional phrase, absolute phrase, and appositive phrase) and at least two of each of the verb phrases (infinitive phrase and participial phrase). You will, therefore, write at least seven sentences for this journal activity. As in the first assignment, underline the phrase in each sentence and consider its function in both as a modifier and an aspect of your writing style.

Noun Phrases:

  1. According to the captain’s opinion, the trip back to mainland should start as soon as possible. (Prepositional Phrase)
  2. His feet maintaining body’s balance, the boy jumped in a dive from the bow of the boat into the blue and clean seawater. (Absolute Phrase)
  3. Mary, a gorgeous blond-haired woman, desired to call people’s attention during the journey. (Appositive Phrase)

Verb Phrases:

  1. To explore the whole place, John had to take a tourist guide who could lead him across the island. (Infinitive Phrase)
  2. He had to calmly control his breathing under the water to reach the other side of the amazing cave. (Infinitive Phrase)
  3. Coming back from an enjoyable, although tiring boat trip, she hoped to get home, take a bath an go to bed. (Present Participial Phrase)
  4. Taken by the pilot’s call, the crowd on board “Caravelas” listened carefully to the warning instructions on the returning time. (Past Participial Phrase)

Week 4: Journal 1

Module 1 Writing Activity

In your writing journal, begin to practice building sentences with adjective and adverbial clauses. As in Unit 3, you may find it helpful to be observing a scene in nature while you compose sentences. Using the lists associated with each of these types of clauses, write at least three (3) sentences including adjective clauses and three (3) sentences including adverbial clauses. Underline the adjective and adverbial clauses. Consider their function in both as a modifier and an aspect of your writing style.

After a busy week, my sentences for the Module 1 Writing Activity, as follows:


Adjective Subordinate Clauses

The people, who came to visit the town, were astonished by seeing such a beautiful scenario.

The visitors, whose excitement could be seen on their faces, were very keen to leave shore on board the boat heading to the island.

The children that were on board the boat going to the island stayed in a compartment prepared to amuse them.

John, to whom those warm welcome words were addressed, could not hide his emotion for such a surprise.

Dolphins, which were sea creatures easily seen around, approached the boat and took from everybody’s face an expression of unmatchable astonishment.

Adverb Subordinate Clauses

Although the trip takes very long, people on board the boat can feel rewarded by reaching and stepping their feet on the island shore.

So that the amazing nature landscape could be well explored, groups of ten tourists were guided to different locations.

After they finished the tour around that beautiful scenario, everybody came back to the boat fully happy for having an enjoyable day.

Whenever birds beautifully sing in the park, we happily sit under the trees to hear their harmonious  singing.

Because it was going to rain, the travel agency postponed the boat trip to the next weekend.


Week 3 > Module 3: Writing Assignment

The Week 3 – Module 3 Writing Assignment required the following:

Drawing from your observation notes and sentences from Journal Writing Assignments 1 and 2, write a description of the scene you have observed. Use action verbs and active voice in your sentences. Also, keep your verbs in the same tense and maintain correct subject-verb agreement. Your description should consist of 8 or more sentences.

My scene description was the one as follows:

Panic in a Little Town’s Bank

It was a very hot Thursday afternoon in that little town and people run (ran) quickly in a hurry, trying to get into the bank on time. In that town, banks closed at three o’clok (o’clock) and near to the closing hours there still were some individuals chatting outside. The security guard prepared to close the entrance door, when those individuals fastly (fast) moved towards him, so that he could let them in. There was a tall and thin chap with that group which lastly got into the bank, who was quite weird, wearing blue jeans and a wide dark blue long-sleeve shirt. He behaved weirdly and his shirt seemed to be hiding something under it.

The place was so overcrowded that people started feeling irritated and, as customers, they felt in their right to complain for the long queues and delays in the bank services. Amid such a situation, that weird bloke showed to be nervous not because of the delays or services, but maybe, for the actions he was about to take. His concerned expressions showed he intended to do something wrong.

All of sudden, the man pulled out a gun, nervously pointed it to the ceiling and started shouting asking for money. Trembling, he looked at every directions and thoughtlessly shot twice the ceiling.

Everybody in the bank was in panic by that confusion, but the bank’s security team cautiously talked with the crazy man, took away his gun and convinced him to stay there while the police was under way.

Finaly, things did not end up in tragedy. Fortunatelly (Fortunately), nobody was hurt, the man was arrested and people could come back to their normal routine.


Unfortunately, for my sadness, I was in a troubled day when I submitted my Writing Assignment, failing to review it adequately before submitting it. I hope this does not influence that much in my score.

Week 2 > Module 3: Writing Assignment

The Week 2 – Module 3 Writing Assignment required the following to be done:

Choose one of the sentences listed below to expand by adding logical additional parts of speech (nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, prepositional phrases). Your sentence should be a minimum of 12 unique words.

  • The children play.
  • The woman walks.
  • The sharks swim.
  • The flowers bloom.
  • The wind blows.
  • The computer hums.

My submitted sentences were the ones as follows:

Sentence 1

The beautiful blond woman awkwardly walks on the crowded sidewalk and, all of a sudden, by stopping before the scaring suspect, and recognizing him, she desperately runs towards the street.

Sentence 2

The fascinating multicolored flowers in the hotel’s garden bloom very beautifuly in the spring season, easily releasing their pleasing scent in the entire environment, and providing guests with a good sense of well-being whenever they come to stay in the hotel.

Writing is not an easy task, but I confess, I love writing!

Week 3 – Journal Writing 2

Module 2 Writing Activity

In your journal, continue your observation list of the scene you observed for Unit 3, Journal Assignment 1 by noting several vivid action verbs. Revise some of your sentences using action verbs and/or write 2-3 new sentences with action verbs. Try not to use any of the forms of “to be” (is, are, was, etc.).  Underline the action verbs in your sentences. Again, you will want to keep all of these sentences at hand as you do the peer reviewed writing at the end of the unit.

The scene: A crowded bank in a little town.

1. The crowd gathers in front of the bank’s entrance door.

2. People lack patience standing in the long queue.

3. Bank clerks attend to many clients depositing and paying out several bills.

4. Complaints increase for delays in attending to clients in the crowded bank.

5. Suspicious man acts weirdly, causing fear for such a behavior.

6. The bloke pulls out the gun and shoots.

7. Desperate clients panicking for facing shooting.

8. Nobody could even stare at the odd man’s face.

9. Everyone seems extremely shocked by the situation. 

10. Guard security provides customers with protection against the criminal.

Additional sentences using action verbs:

1.  Two ladies purposelessly quarelled inside the bank, calling people’s attention.

2. Somebody called the police, who arrested the criminal.

3. They offered help for those desperate people waiting for assistance.

A bit confused with so many information.

Let’s keep on doing our best.

Week 3 – Journal Writing 1

Module 1 Writing Activity

Observe a scene, preferably in a  crowded, busy, or public place. List the activities that you see occurring and the actors (those doing the activity). Write 5-6 sentences that use your observation list and underline the subjects of your sentences. Write a few sentences experimenting with using different types of pronouns from the tables in Unit 3.  You will want to keep all of these sentences at hand as you do the writing activities for this unit.

The scene: A crowded bank in a little town.

The crowd gathers in front of the bank’s entrance door.

People lack patience standing in the long queue.

Bank clerks attend to many clients depositing and paying out several bills.

Complaints increase for delays in attending to clients in the crowded bank.

Suspicious man acts weirdly, causing fear for such a behavior.

Who was supposed to know what was about to happen?

The bloke pulls out the gun and shoots.

Desperate clients panicking for facing shooting.

Nobody could even stare at the odd man’s face.

Everyone seems to be extremely shocked with that situation. 

Guard security provides customers with protection against the criminal.

They are so scared!

I hope to have complied with the CEW’s requirements


Week 2 – Journal Writing 2

I am required for the Module 2 Writing Activity to continue my list of nouns and adjectives by adding in five to ten verbs and adverbs. Then, I have to write two sentences using my list of nouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs.

Please note below one more word for nouns and adjectives in bold, followed by the lists of verbs and adverbs:

Nouns: life, village, Brazil, people, town, places, benefits, water, development, progress, landscape.

Adjectives: calm, big, little, bad, astonishing, green, latter, blue, sudden, growing. large.

Verbs: live, be, locate, mix, being, can, enjoy, bring, relate, provide.

Adverbs: calmly, progressively, never, very, always, quite, also, soon, so, less.

Writing the sentences:

When people live calmly in places where green can still be seen, they are less likely to face a stressful life like in large cities.

In Brazil we can always find calm little towns upcountry, which contrast very much with big cities, enabling whoever desires to enjoy the very good quality of life that just astonishing landscapes, such as green forests, high waterfalls, blue seas and skies and the like can provide.

So, I hope to have complied with the requirements.