Before helping the group address this question about writing from James, you may want to review what Robert has written about his Essential Sentences idea at:
I figure this might be helpful to us during these dog days as we get into more reading and writing.
I have been thinking about getting students writing. It’s very difficult on the students, I think, to write in any way besides in “freewrite” mode. Of course during a freewrite the students aren’t looking at an example passage, because that would be more like copying than writing; all they have are the word wall and maybe a few other posters.