How to write a short composition in Russian

  1. The content and grammar for a composition usually focuses on the grammar and vocabulary covered in the section in which it is assigned. So, be sure to review the grammar and vocabulary for that secction BEFORE you begin writing the composition.
  2. Read the instructions very carefully and make sure you understand what topic, or topics, you are asked to cover. Let's look at a sample topic:
    "Write a short paragraph of about 25-30 words 
    about a couple of your friends or relatives. 
    Tell what they like and don't like to do. 
    Tell what they have or not have." 
  3. For this example, make a list of 2-3 people that you want to write about. It's always a good idea to list more items than you need for a composition:
     my brother Steve, my sister Laura, and my friend Kevin
  4. Make a list of the verbs you will use.

    In this example you need to verb 'to like' and several other verbs that will go with this verb to indicate what the individual likes, or does not like to do. Here, and in EVERY OTHER composition you write, it is important that you select ONLY verbs that have already been introduced in the textbook in the current or in previous lessons, preferably verbs from the current section of the current lesson. The vocabulary at the end of the book indicates the chapter number where a word appears for the first time.
  5. Make a list of nouns you will need.

    As with the verbs, limit your selection to nouns that have already been introduced in the Textbook in the current or in previous lessons, preferably nouns from the current section of the current lesson.
  6. Make a list of adjectives.

    Limit your selection to adjectives that have already been introduced in the Textbook in the current or in previous lessons, preferably those from the current section of the current lesson.
  7. With the list of verbs, nouns, and adjectives in front of you, start composing your sentences, adding prepositions, pronouns and any other words as you need theem. Write on every other line on your sheet.
  8. Write your first sentence:

  9. Analyze your sentence to make sure that the words have the appropriate endings.
  10. With the list of spelling rules in front of you, check to make sure that you have applied them on every word in your sentence.
  11. Write your second and subsequent sentences and apply the above procedures on each one.
  12. After you have made all corrections, re-write your composition on a clean sheet. Skip every other line.
  13. Write your composition on a separate sheet.
  14. Re-read your composition one more time before you turn it in.
  15. When the composition is returned to you, go through everything that is circled or underlined and make sure you understand the errors.
  16. Re-write your composition with corrections and hand it in for additional points.
  17. Get the composition back with a grade of 100%!

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