Adult Ed
Writer's Block: Key questions to ask before composing



A blank piece of paper is both revered and feared by writers. It is revered as the base for all writing, as important to a writer as canvas is to an artist. But it is also a feared instrument of torture for a student facing a standardized test. This lesson will present strategies to overcome the hurdles that discourage writers under pressure.

Subject Matter

  • Language arts, writing

Learning objectives:

Students will be able to:
  • Identify the difference between formal and informal writing
  • Develop a paragraph of narrative text in response to a quote, motto or poem

Language arts Standard 4: Language for Social Interaction Students will listen, speak, read, and write for social interaction. Students will use oral and written language that follows the accepted conventions of the English language for effective social communication with a wide variety of people. As readers and listeners, they will use the social communications of others to enrich their understanding of people and their views.


Media components
Thirteen/United Learning Video On Demand (registration required)
"The Wrinkle Free World of English Composition, Module 1"
"The Magic Never Ends: The Life & Work of C.S. Lewis, The Enduring popularity of the works of C.S. Lewis"

video on demand

Familiar Quotations
Database of quotation resources available online

Chapter I "Of our spiritual strivings", Souls of black folk
Showcases usage of poetry as a context for formal writing. Dubois also demonstrates citation style

Wuthering Heights
Wuthering Heights showcases fiction writing; this excerpt demonstrates colloquial writing and the use of punctuation as a means of clarifying voice in a story.

Dead Sociologists' Index
Academic site with links to the ideas and writings of several sociologists

Catalogue of the life and work of W.E.B. DuBois

Emile Durkheim-What is social fact?

Prep for teachers

Register for access to Video on Demand (VOD)
Download video clips from VOD and add to Media player playlist (Clips can be streamed if Media player is not available or if system capability is limited.)
Bookmark sites
Register for access to GED Connection Literacy link