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Writing Lesson Plans for English Learners at All Levels

Free English writing lesson plans for beginning, intermediate and advanced level of English learning in ESL EFL classes as well as business English classes. Each lesson provides an introduction, step by step teaching guidelines and printable student worksheets.

Improve Storytelling with Vocal Verbs and Adverbs
This ESL lesson plan focuses on helping students improve their writing skills by focusing on relating stories with a wide variety of vocal verbs and adverbs instead of 'he said or she said'.

Persuasive Arguments For and Against
This lesson focuses on learning how to write arguments for and against something. The exercise provides tips to remember when writing persuasive arguments.

Why Is Writing More Difficult Than Speaking?
A discussion of the challenges of learning to write fluently as opposed to learning to speak fluent English.

Lesson: Lego Blocks
Groups decide upon a design, give it a description (a name), and then write down step-by-step instructions for how another group could construct the same design from the six pieces. This activity promotes an enormous amount of discussion within the groups during the instruction-writing phase.

Newspaper Reading and Writing
This lesson focuses on calling students' attention to this type of writing style on a deeper, grammatical level. It ends with students writing up their own short articles with a follow-up listening comprehension opportunity.

Beginning Writing - Short Writing Assignments
Ready to go short writing assignments for beginning level English learners. Toics include studies, hobbies, travel, likes and dislikes, application forms, brief job descriptions, recipes, etc.

Recipes English learning - Chiken Kiev
Recipes for ESL English learning - Chiken Kiev. This recipe provides useful vocabulary and instruction on writing recipes in English.

Complex Sentence Writing
Combine simple sentences to make complex sentence to practice your writing skills.

Process Writing
Introduction to using process writing in an ESL EFL setting.

Learn English on Twitter
Introduction to a new English writing practice service using Twitter provided by Kenneth Beare.

Helping Students Write a Creative Story
Guided Writing Exercise for ESL EFL TESOL TEFL English Students - Helping Students Write a Creative Story - Writing Sentences in English Using Sentence Connectors

Expanding Descriptive Verb Use
Advanced Level lesson plan focusing on improving students' writing skills by expanding their knowledge and use of descriptive language

Using a Word Processing Program in Class
ESL EFL TESOL English lesson plan focusing on using a word processing program in class to help students improve their writing skills while developing communicative skills

Short Writing Storms
Writing Storms - Short Writing and Discussion Topics for ESL

ESL Writing Workshop 1
Lesson one of four lessons aimed at helping young learners learn how to write essays for ESL EFL English Classes

ESL Writing Workshop 2
Lesson two of four lessons focusing on character analysis helping young learners learn how to write essays for ESL EFL English Classes

ESL Writing Workshop 3
Lesson three of four lessons focusing on theme development helping young learners learn how to write essays for ESL EFL English Classes

ESL Writing Workshop 4
Lesson four of four lessons focusing on character analysis helping young learners learn how to write essays for ESL EFL English Classes

Dictations - Writing Practice for Beginning Level Learners
Beginning level dictations for English learners focusing on introductions, instructions, present simple habits, past events, comparisons and questions.

Reports: Using a Word Processing Program in Class
This lesson plan focuses on developing a class writing project over a period of time and is therefore designed as a general outline to such a project.

Lesson: Translating Texts
This lesson uses the power of the Internet to translate a text written by students in their native language, or a page from Internet chosen by students. This text is then used as a means to discuss differences between the native language and English. Great fun for everybody is assured!

Writing Lesson - Non Defining Clauses
This intermediate level lesson focuses on introducing and / or reviewing defining and non-defining relative clauses. Exercises include a recognition and punctuation drill as well as a text expansion exercise.

Interesting Writing: Descriptive Verb usage
One of the most important steps in improving writing skills is expanding the use of more descriptive language when describing actions. This lesson focuses on getting students to use more descriptive verbs in place of common, general meaning verbs.

Short Writing Topics
The idea of this exercise is to get students to quickly write about a topic they choose (or you assign). These short presentations are then used in two manners; to generate spontaneous conversations on a wide range of topics, and to take a look at some common writing problems.

Young Learner's Writing Workshop 1 - Basic Essay Writing Style
This series of four lessons is designed to help students become familiar with writing an essay in English. The first lesson is designed to give students an overview of basic essay writing style. The final three lessons focus on developing skills that are used when analyzing texts as the basis of their essays.

Young Learner's Writing Workshop 2 - Developing a Character Analysis
Once students have decided what they need to write about, they often have a hard time actually developing the material to include in the essay. For this reason, this interview format exercise develops ideas about various characters which can later be used to help them write an essay.

Young Learner's Writing Workshop 3 - Using Themes to Relate to a Story
Students now have a better understanding of the various characters in the short story or book. Students can now deepen their understanding of the work at hand by analyzing the most important themes of the book and how the character would relate to those themes based on their previous work.

Young Learner's Writing Workshop 4 - Getting Ideas Organized
This final lesson in this series helps students put their observations into written form by asking them to fill out a questionnaire. Students can then take these replies and incorporate them into their final essay.

Sentence Connectors - Guided Writing
This guided writing lesson is intended to help bridge the gap from simply writing sentences to developing a larger structure. During the course of the lesson students become familiar with the sentence connectors 'so' and 'because'.

Using the Internet to teach English for Special Purposes (ESP)
One of the problems that faces many English as Second Language (read ESP, ESL, EFL, TEFL, TESOL, TOEFL etc.) teachers is that students expect the teacher to be incredibly knowledgeable about <B>everything</B>! By using the methods in the example lesson - actually you will probably need at least two lessons - you can give your students "real world" English for their specific ESP needs.

Business Letter Writing Lesson Plan
An example of an effective lesson plan employing all four language skills while focusing on business letter production skills.

Dickens' "Bleak House"
This challenging upper levels lesson employs Dickens' "Bleak House" as a study in sentence structure, vocabulary, imagery, and paragraph unity. After discussion, students choose one of the

Lesson: Time Expressions
Intermediate to upper intermediate lesson focusing on identification and written production of sentences based on the correct usage of time expressions.

Lesson: Error Correction
Help students help themselves by using error shorthand to help them learn to correct their own mistakes.

Lesson: Integrating Past Continuous
Lesson aimed at helping students begin integrating the past continuous more effectively in written work.

Creative Writing as an ESL Music Lesson
This lesson uses short excerpts of music as an ESL music lesson to inspire creative writing in the English learning classroom.

Graphic Organizers
Graphic organizers to help improve student comprehension for ESL and other classes. Each graphic organizer includes an empty template, an example graphic organizer with entries and a discussion of appropriate uses in class.

Twitter Lesson
Twitter lesson focusing on introducing and using Twitter to help students learn in English in bite-sized practice segments. Resources are provided for in-class lessons including activities and introductions to the technology. This lesson is intended for ESL and EFL classes, but can be used in a wide variety of class settings.

ESL Essay Writing Rubric
This is an essay writing rubric especially written for ESL classes that you can use to score essays in class providing feedback and comments to students.

How to Teach Essay Writing
Lean how to teach essay writing to students by taking the gradually from combining sentences, through learning equivalencies and finally on to fully formed essays.

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