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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'.

Teachers Share Writing Lesson Plans for the ESL / EFL Classroom
ESL teachers share their best writing lesson plans and activities with other English teachers from around the world.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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'.

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

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.

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!

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: 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.

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

Exploding Texts - Creative Writing and Grammar Exercise for ESL Classes
Exploding texts takes short texts and 'explodes' them by adding longer modifiers, dependent clauses, etc. to help students improve their creative writing and grammar skills in English.

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.

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

Sentences Worksheets
Sentences worksheets to help English learners generate correct sentences while learning important sentence structure.

Writing an Informal Letter
English writing lesson plan focusing on how to write informal letters with vocabulary drill and structure analysis.

Writing Descriptive Paragraphs
ESL lesson plan focusing on helping students develop concise paragraph writing skills.

Relative Clause Lesson Plan
This lesson plan encourages the use of relative clauses to describe the workplace in writing. Students match work related phrase pairs and connect using relative clauses, then go on to describe their own workplace using relative clauses. Point by point lesson plan includes matching activity.

Combining Adverb Clauses
This lesson plan for upper intermediate to advanced level classes encourages students to start writing complex sentences in longer forms such as short stories by focusing on combining sentences with adverb clauses for different uses into a short story.

First Lessons in Writing
Teaching beginning level English learners writing can be very challenging. Here are a number of tips and specific exercises to use in order to ensure that beginning level learners don't become overwhelmed.

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