After first having them do simple writing assignments (write a paragraph with a topic sentence about themselves; write an introductory paragraph to it; etc.), I decided that it was worth investing a book for each of them. I chose Cloze The Gap: Exercises In Integrating and Developing Language Skills. Unlike most pre-made clozes (also known as gap-fills), the authors created clozes with strategically-placed blanks that had “clue” words somewhere in the text. They were doable for my students and, most importantly, they provided writing opportunities. I use it as a base for many mini-lessons.
Larry Ferlazzo – Teacher and creator of Larry Ferlazzo’s English Website