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Weekly Writing Topics

Biodiversity - what is it - how will it affect us if it disappears?
Find out - click on the link below and follow the links to find more!
Make some notes!



Read some nice poems


Writing and what it means to me

Robert L. Fielding


I was just reading this thing called Notes on the Art of Poetry by Dylan Thomas, the Welsh poet and author of Under Milkwood, and I got to thinking why I have always liked to write – what writing means to me.


I have always liked to write – that’s silly – before I learnt how to write, I don’t suppose I thought about it -  but you know what I mean when I say that I have always liked to write.


That’s it in a nutshell, as we say, that whatever I write, it means whatever you, the reader, want it to mean.  I begin a sentence, with my thoughts going down on paper, and at the end, I have something that also belongs to you – I wrote it and you read it, we both share something.


Like Thomas, I liked the sound made by words, but as I learned more, that became less important to me.  I picked up a word; either I heard it or more probably read it.  I was always interested in trains when I was a boy; they ran past the bottom of our hill, huffing and puffing – they were pulled by steam engines, which I loved – and still love.  I read about the trains I saw go past the bottom of our hill.


I was bought books for my birthday that told me all about the black giants that  scorched their way past the bottom of our hill.  They had names – names had been given to them – my parents had given me my names – Robert and Leslie, and I was a Fielding by birth, just like my Dad and my little sister, Gillian.


Some of the steam engines had been named after the Patriots whohad fought and died for my country – one was called Private E. Sykes VC, and my father told me that VC stood for Victoria Cross – a medal given to the very bravest soldiers, usually after they had been killed in action, and Private was a rank in the British Army – like Sergeant or Captain – his name as E. Sykes  - Edward maybe, or Eric was the name his parents had given him and he had been born into the Sykes family, just like I had been born into the Fielding family.


Do you see what I mean about the fascination with words, with my fascination with them – you learn one or two and a thousand gallop out of your head or someone else’s; words tell stories – real ones.


That was why I was and still am so interested in them – not just with how they sound, but with what they do to you – they make you think – in fact, I reckon they are the tools of thought – words, and probably smells, sounds and colours – and tastes as well.


I found out from a book one of my aunties gave me, that certain engines were fitted with Capprotti valve gear, and I wondered who Capprotti was, where he lived and what he liked to eat.  I never found out anything about him, but I did plenty of thinking about him; I don’t think I ever thought about his first name, but I reckoned he was an Italian, and an engineer – a designer, probably from the city of Milan in Northern Italy – I sort of knew they built steam engines there rather than in Venice, Florence or Rome.


And it was like that with all the words that came into my head – I used them to think, as a lad growing up in a hamlet in the hills and valley of Saddleworth.  I lived in a place called High Grove, which was just up the road from Friezland where I went to school.


Friezland School has always been an important place for me; first because it was the name of my school, where I learned how to write, and work things out with numbers, which I never liked as much as working things out with words.  Numbers were too cold and precise; but words … words held volumes of thought – one word made me think of a lot of other words, they did then and they still do. 


I loved grammar – a sort of calling card for a sentence full of words – if you used one particular word, it meant using other particular words, and they built up like bricks in a wall until you had what my teachers called an essay.


An essay took you and the person reading it along a journey, and since I have always liked roaming, I loved words as well; they roamed with me.  I walked all over the hills round my home; with my pal, John, who is still my pal even though I hardly ever see him these days. Neverthless, John is still my pal, because together we walked and roamed together, and because my history is his – partly his – shared in words?

Robert L. Fielding



Two famous guys reciting a poem

'If' by Rudyard Kipling


Poetry on youtube

·         = accompanied by text

Robert Frost – Reluctance *

After apple picking  * RF

The tuft of flowers *  RF

The road not taken  * RF

Nothing gold can stay RF

Actor Alan Bates reciting ‘The Road not taken’

Ben Kingsley reciting Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley

5 poems by Frost

Stopping by woods on a snowy evening Frost

Fire and ice – Frost

Fire and ice – Frost – read by Richard Burton

Fire and Ice –Frost *

Birches – Frost reading his own poem


Interactive crosswords

NB:  Most of these sites need Java script

Crossword puzzles for ESL students – easy

Not so easy

Printable puzzles on all kinds of topics

Easy, medium and more difficult puzzles and word searches

Robert L. Fielding

Listen and read - Apple picking by Robert Frost



Free Writing Practice

Write and be written to – write a question and press ENTER then read the reply. 

Have a conversation with a robot – it’s fun!!

Robert L. Fielding


Try this fascinating site - drop words to make sentences, and more....

What was life like in 1906? 

Watch the video and imagine you were alive then. 

Write about the things you did and how you did them.

Watch the beginning carefully. At the 33 second mark and immediately after an oncoming trolley clears the screen, a well dressed policeman walks across the street from left to right. Notice his right hand that he's carrying a truncheon (26 inch police baton) and although he appears walking his beat, he looks ready to use it. Imagine the police of today walking down the street carrying a 26 inch club in their hand..???

This film was "lost" for many years. It was the first 35mm film ever. It was taken by camera mounted on the front of a cable car. The number of automobiles is staggering for 1906. The clock tower at the end of Market Street at the Embarcadero wharf is still there.

How many "street cleaning" people were employed to pick up after the horses? Talk about going green!

This film was originally thought to be from 1905 until David Kiehn with the NilesEssanaySilentFilmMuseum figured out exactly when it was shot. From New York trade papers announcing the film showing to the wet streets from recent heavy rainfall & shadows indicating time of year & actual weather and conditions on historical record, even when the cars were registered (he even knows who owned them and when the plates were issued!). It was filmed only four days before the Great California Earthquake of April 18th 1906 and shipped by train to NY for processing.

What will life be like in 2050?

Watch the video for some ideas.

Imagine you are living in 2050 - what is your life like?

What do you do?  Write about life in the year 2050.


Take a walk in Dovedale

Click on the link below

Watch the video and write down the names of the things you see - trees, flowers, hills etc.

Imagine walking through the area.  Write about what you saw, heard, and did.

Begin like this: Last week, my friend and I went for a walk in Dovedale in Derbyshire.  We had a lovely time.  We...

Use some adjective - blue sky - grey clouds - yellow flowers etc



Quotations (words spoken by famous people)

Go to the links below, choose a quotation that interests you and then  write a paragraph about  your own opinion surrounding the quotation you have chosen.

How does it make you feel?

Do you agree with it?

Can you supply your own thoughts on the subject?

Here are some links to great words on various topics.













Robert L. Fielding


Listen to this talk on apathy

Arabic poetry - read, translate - rewrite - hand in - earn high marks- do well - get interested - write your own poetry

Great quotations to read and think about - then write about what they make you think and how they make you feel


First orbit around the Earth

See the stars

Amazing site for anyone interested in world history 

Students, you will be starting your next writing project soon.  Click on the two links below.  One is an outline and the other is the essay from that outline.
See you next week.  Don't be late, please.

Find the effect your action can have on the environment of the United Arab Emirates.  What happens if you turn off lights when you are not using them?  What effect does switching off your computer at the mains supply instead of leaving it on Stand- by overnight?  Why should you use less tap water when brushing your teeth?  How will your country benefit?  How will the Earth benefit?  What else can YOU do to help?
Find out by going to the following sites:-

Environmental Agency Abu Dhabi (Arabic version)

English version

Robert L. Fielding



Use the 10-minute window 

Write for 10 minutes without stopping.  Write about any topic, but don't stop to correct grammar, spelling or punctuation.  You can do that after the 10 minute period is over.



Help with common mistakes in English



Week 1

1. Go to the UGRU English website

2. Scroll down to Cause and Effect

3. Complete ALL the exercises

4. Go to the UGRU Writing Centre website

5. Go to Interactive Practice -

6. Return to UGRU Writing Centre homepage

7. Go to General help with your English

8. Click on Grammar

9. Choose an interactive site

10. Complete the exercises you have chosen.

Thank you

Robert L. Fielding

A comparison of the Eiffel Tower and the Taj Mahal

Open the link below and follow the instructions above the poster.


Preparation for the Timed Writing Examinations - Look at the material in the linked sites below.  Do some work at home to get higher marks.  It makes sense!!!!

Cause and Effect

Common themes for cause-effect essays

Simple outline for a cause and effect essay

Cause and effect chart

Worksheet with pictures

Powerpoint presentations

Complete the following sentences

Another worksheet

Vocabulary of cause and effect

Key vocabulary and exercises

 Robert L. Fielding


Today - go to my Word Cloud page - click on a link and write.

Week 14
1. Open a document in WORD
2. Save it in Z-drive as WP1
3. Type in your essay - as much of it as you can remember without it.
4. Remember to space properly - no spaces before punctuation marks
5. One space after a comma, two after a full stop or a question mark
6. Correct your spelling mistakes - red wavy lines below words
7. Correct your spacing mistakes or your grammatical ones - green lines
8. Look at this spelling website - use it as often as you can
Spelling City
9. Look at this site - which ideas changed your world?
Ideas the changed the World
10. Go to the link below and then write a paragraph about the United Arab Emirates, using ALL the words on the page.
11. Here are some words to help you.
1. Open your Word document - Glossary - remember your homework assignment from Week 11???!!!
2. Finish it all off - make sure you have entries for each word or group of words you underlined in the Readings for Writing Project 2
3. Change all the text to Times New Roman - 12 - black
4. Print it and show me in the next lesson
Try this website to increase your creativity - listen to the podcasts on it

Today’s activities

1.     Take a look at your blog.

2.     Choose a group of people to save the planet Earth.

3. Write them in WORD - save in Z-drive

4. Google the people you have chosen

5. Copy and paste information about each person into your document

6. Continue until you have information on all the people

7.  Write a 1 paragraph biography of each person on your list

8.                        Edit everything you have written

9.                         Print – show me – place in your Writing Portfolio – get high marks

             Good Luck!  Enjoy writing!  Get high marks!  Pass Level 2!

Robert L. Fielding



Green Abu Dhabi - read about it - write about it - what do you think?

Reported in Gulf News



The World Challenge 

Go to the website linked below - find out about the competition by clicking on links on the homepage - do some research - be a proper student

The finalists – who would you vote for and why?  Check out the finalists here.

Write down your reasons for your choice - describe the project briefly - using your own words - do NOT simply cut and paste!

Save your writing in WORD - edit it - print it - show it to me - put it in your portfolio - get high marks - pass Level 2 - move up!

Good luck

Robert L. Fielding

My students in Sections 701, 705, 802, 914, 712, please go to Cal lab W040 in C5 on either Sundays or Mondays

until further notice, beginning in Week 6



Do some work every night

read- write- browse the Net

and do some work on describing flowcharts, please!

Earth Clock - check it out

Facts and figures about the environment

Goal setting for students

What is mobile/citizen journalism?

Chilean miners close to being rescued


Your reaction

Drill Breakthrough

CBS News + video

Pictures of trapped miners


Writing topics (suggestions)

How did they pass the time while they were trapped?

How would you have passed 65 days underground?

What would you miss the most and why?

If you could have 10 things sent down to you, what would you choose and why?

How did they cope – psychologically and physically?

How did they get on trapped in an enclosed place for so long?

What problems do you think they had?

How do you think they overcame those problems?

Write a letter to cheer them up and give them hope that help is on the way.

Students – what do think it was like being trapped underground for 65 days?  What would you miss, if it happened to you?  Write about how you think they must feel right now – only days before they are brought to the surface again.


Visit my Arabian Literature page

Watch a video of a talk about ideas

Watch Brian May on BBC Hardtalk

Look at this great poetry page - includes Arabian poetry and much more - Go to

Read Tolstoy

Read the poems of Walt Whitman

UGRU English website – Level 2 Writing

Activities for students of English - try the grammar exercises on this site

Links to lots of sites to help you learn

Powerpoint presentations that help 

finish off your work from last week

Look at what's new in IT


Rachel Carson and Robert L. Fielding discuss environmental ethics

Is it healthier to be kinder?  Find the answer here!

Is technology making us think less?  Read here to find out!

Do you wish you were a genius?  Read on!

Obesity - watch what you eat!

Socratic Dialogue

What's a Socratic dialogue?  Find out below!

(Tourism in UAE) - read it here

My students - the 10-minute window is here


Today's interactive activity - choose another topic

Click on the link below.

A reading and writing activity -

Read a story and write about it!

100 Short stories for learners

React to the Earth clock - look at the facts and figures and then write!

Read the tips to save the planet - can you think of any more?

 Creative Writing activities

30 prompts - choose one then write about it in the 10-minute window below

Creative Writing prompts - place your cursor over a number for a quick prompt

This week's reading and writing activity -

Read a story and write about it!

100 Short stories for learners

Landscape and people

Pictures to write about - click on a picture

copy and paste it into a textbox in a WORD document

describe the picture - save it in Z-drive - print it - bring it to class

Check out the world's biggest polluters - over the years

 Two film reviews


Global issues

Try using this household emissions calculator


What children read and what they do - Glasgow schoolchildren's imagination

Read about respect

Solve a crossword

Life Works

Project Readings online

A discussion about the ethics of the environment between Aldo Leopold and Robert L. Fielding

Writing Project links

Students' Resources - click on the link below for graphics/charts & diagrams

Try this difficult puzzle

Enjoy the summer!