Teach using AI-writer

AI-writer is a tool which can be used by students to sidestep the learning process the teacher has intended. To avoid ‘ghost writing’ or plagiarism, or at least design a teaching and learning situation that makes it much harder for students to plagiarise, I suggest teachers can use AI-writer (and similar tools) after the motto ‘if you can’t beat them – join them’.

Generally speaking, shaping methods for tracking, observing and documenting students’ work and learning processes will help in making it harder for students to plagiarise and take ‘short-cuts’. The main focus is to make learning happen, but also to avoid cheating.

The example below outlines such as process and incorporates the use of AI-writer in the teaching and learning process.

Writing exercise using AI writer

Step 1: Go to  ai-writer.com then type in 3-4 keywords and generate a text.

Step 2: Evaluate the sources found. This should be discussed in groups. Remove what is problematic and motivate why.

Step 3: Rework the AI- generated text using sources from  course literature.

Step 4: Write a reflection or discussion on the process.

(The instruction has been edited)

AI writing instruction

You can download the instruction here

Writing exercise using AI writer

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This post was edited and updated 2019-03-18

Dystopia in Literature – Lesson 4

After reading Fahrenheit 451 and watching 1984 you should write, “Dystopia in Literature, a Comparative Study”.Dystopia in literature

Write a formal structured ESSAY where you consider the filmed adaptation of 1984 (Orwell) and the novel Fahrenheit 451 (Bradbury), and compare them from the following aspects,

  1. How truth is handled.
  2. How literature is regarded and dealt with.
  3. How war is described and the functions of war.
  4. Hope, if there is hope and in what form and finally,
  5. in the end, who wins and why?

Part 3: Essay Instruction

If you are aiming for the higher grades you can also include a comparison of the use of symbols and metaphors in Fahrenheit 451 and 1984. (See post Literary Devices). In your analysis you should exemplify, building your analysis using examples from the text (quote or retell) and the film (refer to scene or passage).

Your text should have a clear logic with a coherent use of paragraphs, linking devices and a formal register. Remember not to use contractions.


General Writing OutlineFor help with your writing, structure, linking words etc. please refer to

Core 2, p. 249 devices for argumentative vs reasoning text)Viewpoints 3, pp 200-201 ”Literary Analysis”
Ready for CAE p. 197 ”Essay”


AND the document General Writing Instructions




Gustafsson, J., Hjorth, M. & Kinrade, E. (2009). Core English. 2. (1. uppl.) Stockholm: Bonnier utbildning.

Gustafsson, L. & Wivast, U. (2014). Viewpoints. 3. (1. uppl.) Malmö: Gleerup.

Norris, R. & French, A. (2008). Ready for CAE. Coursebook. Oxford: Macmillan Education.

Descriptive writing

Lesson/exercise in writing

Describing people and places make your writing come alive.

  1. Watch

Watch this 10 minute animation and write a text describing what you have seen. The more descriptive words you use the better your text will be.

2. Write

Take about 40 minutes to write your text.

3. Peer review

Change texts with someone. Read and give feedback.

Does the text reflect what you just saw?

Is the text logical?

Does it describe the characters you have seen? The environment?

Does the text catch any of the feeling in the short film?

It you want to learn more:  How to describe a person | Using descriptive words

If you want to teach descriptive writing you can find many lessons/exercises at eslflow.com

Structuring your writing

Structure improves your writing. The function of structure and paragraphs  is to make a text clearer and easier to read and understand.

In this post there are some resources collected to help you with improving your writing. Links in the text below will take you to exercies and more extensive explanations when you feel a need for more help or information.

Click the image below to access the activity/exercise

Skillswise structure and paragraphs

All texts should have a clear beginning, a middle and an end, but there are many different types of text. Before you start writing an essay make sure you know which type of essay you are going to write.

You should also think about your audience. For whom are you writing? Format and style depend on what you write as well as on who you audience are.

“Structure, tone, style and adapting to your audience can help you create your own literary works”. Find out why they are important.

As a help you can use  TAP (T – text, A – audience, P – purpose)

Text refers to the type of text you are being asked to write: letter, magazine article, story, etc. T

Audience is who you are writing for. This may be teenagers, adults or even children.

Purpose refers to the point of the text and what it is aiming to do.

Now you should start planning your writing. (Instructions  on how to plan a text).


Resourses to improve your writing can be found at Bitesize and at Skillswise.

General Writing Outline

Please feel free to use the General Writing Outline.
The instruction is available online (click the embedded file to the left) where you can download the instruction in pdf-format.