Practice Essay Writing Worksheets

ESL Writing Exercise - Topic Sentences (Introduction) - Introduction to topic sentences and their function in a formal paragraph

ESL Writing Exercise - Introduction to Similes and Metaphors - Using similes and metaphors to write interesting topic sentences

ESL Writing Exercise - Similes and Metaphors Review - Practice describing people and things using similes and metaphors

ESL Writing Exercise - Topic Sentences (Review) - Practice writing topic sentences

ESL Writing Exercise - The Body of a Paragraph (Introduction) - Introduction to the body of a paragraph and the information that should be contained therein

ESL Writing Exercise - The Body of a Paragraph (Review) - Practice thinking of information to use in the body of a paragraph

ESL Writing Exercise - Concluding Sentences (Introduction) - Introduction to concluding sentences and their function in a paragraph

ESL Writing Exercise - Concluding Sentences (Review) - Practice writing concluding sentences

 

 

Punctuation and Conjunctions

ESL Writing Exercise - Sentence Fragments and Complete Sentences - Introduction to sentence fragments and a review exercise to practice identifying them

ESL Writing Exercise - Run-on Sentences - Worksheet to practice correcting run-on sentences

ESL Writing Exercise - Comma Splices and Conjunctions - Worksheet to practice using conjunctions correctly to fix comma splices

ESL Writing Exercise - Commas and Conjunctions ("and") - Explanation of how to correctly use commas with the conjunction "and"

ESL Writing Exercise - Semi-colons - Introduction to this often baffling piece of punctuation, with a review exercise

 

Transitions and Connectors

ESL Writing Exericse - In addition / Additionally / Moreover / Furthermore / Plus / ...as well- Introduction to these commonly used transitions, with several sample sentences

ESL Writing Exercise - In addition / Additionally / Moreover / Furthermore / Plus / ...as well- Review worksheet to practice writing sentences with these transitions

ESL Writing Exercise - However / Nevertheless / Still / Despite that / Nonetheless / Even so- Introduction to these commonly used transitions, with several sample sentences

ESL Writing Exercise - However / Nevertheless / Still / Despite that / Nonetheless / Even so- Review worksheet to practice writing sentences with these transitions

ESL Writnig Exercise - Therefore / Consequently / As a result / Thus / For this Reason- Introduction to these commonly used transitions, with several sample sentences

ESL Writing Exercise - Therefore / Consequently / As a result / Thus / For this Reason - Review worksheet to practice writing sentences with these transitions

ESL Writing Exercise - Review of these Transitions and Connectors - Review worksheet to practice using all of the transition words above

 

More Transitions and Connectors

ESL Writing Exercise - Although / Even though- Introduction to these commonly used transitions, with several sample sentences and review exercises

ESL Writing Exercise - Though- Introduction to "though" and it's various uses in a sentence

ESL Writing Exercise - Despite / In spite of- Introduction to these commonly used transitions, with sample sentences

ESL Writing Exercise - Despite / In spite of- Review worksheet to practice writing sentences with these words

ESL Writing Exercise - Despite vs. Although- Explanation of how to use these similar transition words, with several sample sentences

ESL Writing Exercise - Despite vs. Although- Review worksheet to practice using "despite" and "although" correctly

 

 

ESL Writing Exercise - Because vs. Because of- Explanation of how to use these similar transition words correctly, with several sample sentences

ESL Writing Exercise - Because of vs. Despite- Worksheet to practice using these transitions, which have nearly opposite meanings

ESL Writing Exercise - Regardless of- Introduction to this commonly used transition, with several sample sentences

ESL Writing Exercise - Regardless of / No matter- Review worksheet to practice using these transitions correctly, including an explanation of "embedded questions".

 

As ESL teachers, we’ve all had those students who do great on their grammar exams, speak up confidently in class, and are always first to raise their hands for activities - and yet, when it comes time for a writing assignment, they can barely squeeze out a few short sentences. This can be frustrating for the student and teacher alike - but it’s the symptom of a problem that’s well-known in every teaching community: Speaking and writing are two very different skills.

As with any new skill, practice is key - but students who have trouble writing aren’t usually keen to take on even more writing practice. After all, they might think, if their grammar and vocabulary are correct, and they don’t need to write in English for their jobs, what’s the point of drilling this skill? The answer is, of course, that the ability to write in English is key in the world and the workplace - from writing cover letters and CVs to drafting emails and client presentations. The responsibility is at least partly on you, the teacher, to provide assignments that draw your students into the writing process.

BusyTeacher.org is your number-one stop for exactly those kinds of assignments. Our 730 writing worksheets will provide your students with intriguing writing prompts, and with a variety of writing exercises that’ll help them watch their own improvement as it happens. Our worksheets even break down the writing process into its core components, so you can figure out exactly where in the process each student is struggling, and intervene with exercises to help him or her through that trouble spot.

The writing worksheets here on BusyTeacher.org will help familiarize your students with all the sub-skills involved in writing - from choosing a topic and constructing that first paragraph, all the way to writing movie reviews and short poems. Some of our worksheets even cover basics like handwriting and sentence structure - so no matter how much your students need to brush up on their fundamentals, we’ve got worksheets to meet them where they are.

You’ll find worksheets on any topic you can imagine, from daily routines and holidays to pop culture, news, and even poetry and song lyrics.  Some worksheets just help you lead simple fill-in-the-blank exercises, while others present thought-provoking topics for full essays, or include plans for your students to create their own newsletters. And for students who need help with English school assignments, you’ll also find worksheets on writing essays and test responses.

You can browse all of our 730 writing worksheets in thumbnail view, so you don’t have to wait for any of them to load to get an idea of what they’re like. As you scroll down the page, just click on any worksheet that catches your eye - they’re all completely free to download, print, and share in any way you like. And they’re all created and classroom-tested by real ESL teachers all over the world - which means you can be confident they’ll work in your classroom, too. If you’ve got a worksheet of your own that you’d like to share with your fellow ESL teachers in the BusyTeacher.org community, just click the “Submit a worksheet” button at the bottom of this page.

All of these writing worksheets are here to help you - so pick out a few that look interesting, and give them a try in your classroom today. We’re sure you’ll love them as much as the other ESL teachers in our community already do.

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