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Ch 5: ESL Writing Prompts & Exercises

About This Chapter

Teachers who need assistance with developing ESL writing prompts and exercises would benefit greatly from reviewing this chapter. Our easy-to-follow lessons provide you with the tools to create learning materials that will address the needs of your ESL students and help them improve their skills.

ESL Writing Prompts & Exercises - Chapter Summary

This chapter has been designed to offer educators advice on how to approach writing prompts and exercises with English as a second language (ESL) students. The chapter has been divided into several lessons, and some of the included lessons discuss how to evaluate your students, topic and activity ideas, and general education methodologies that work best with second language learners.

You can be certain that these lessons will work in your classroom, because all of our materials have been created by fellow educators. These are individuals who have extensive knowledge of teaching ESL students, and they also possess experience with teacher education strategies.

How It Helps

  • Saves you time: Instead of surfing the entire Internet for ideas, our site presents you with a full array of tested strategies and tips that will help you quickly design lesson plans for ESL learners.
  • Encourages new perspectives: By going through these lessons, you'll discover new ideas for approaching ESL curriculum design, making you better prepared to help your students.
  • Promotes teacher excitement: You'll get to try out all of these tips and strategies in your own classroom right away, allowing for a more interactive approach to teacher training.

Skills Covered

At the end of this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Implement writing assessments for second language learners
  • Define writing topics for ESL students
  • Examine ideas for journal topics
  • Explain potential teaching strategies for ESL writing exercises
  • Point out writing rubrics for second language learners
  • Offer examples of writing strategies ESL students can use

46 Lessons in Chapter 5: ESL Writing Prompts & Exercises
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Teaching ELL Students Expository Writing

1. Teaching ELL Students Expository Writing

Since writing is an active skill, your ELL students may view it as a huge challenge. This lesson gives you some ideas to introduce and promote expository writing skills among your students.

ESL Essay Writing Lesson Plan

2. ESL Essay Writing Lesson Plan

In this lesson, teachers will introduce essay writing to ESL students. The lesson includes a video, discussion questions, and tips to enhance students' understanding of essay writing. A quiz and engaging activity demonstrate learning.

ESL Creative Writing Lesson Plan

3. ESL Creative Writing Lesson Plan

Activities in this lesson plan will help you introduce creative writing to your English Language Learners through the RAFT organizer to help them identify roles, audience, formats and topics for creative writing projects.

Teaching Paragraph Structure to ESL Students

4. Teaching Paragraph Structure to ESL Students

The purpose of this lesson is to share strategies to help English language learners create strong paragraphs. We'll also discuss some tips to help guide the paragraph writing process.

Teaching ESL Students How to Write Newspaper Articles

5. Teaching ESL Students How to Write Newspaper Articles

As ESL students develop English writing skills, it's important to give them the opportunity to explore specific types of writing. In this lesson, we'll discuss some examples, formats and strategies designed to teach newspaper article writing to ESL learners.

How to Teach Essay Writing to ESL Students

6. How to Teach Essay Writing to ESL Students

The purpose of this lesson is to provide guidance on how to teach English language learners to write an essay. In addition, review some tips on ways to help learners generate ideas and include elements to make essays stronger.

Exercises for Teaching ESL Students How to Write an Email

7. Exercises for Teaching ESL Students How to Write an Email

Learning to communicate in English involves learning more than just vocabulary; students also need to learn about social norms and practices. This lesson focuses on how to write an email in English.

ESL Writing Activities

8. ESL Writing Activities

This lesson will provide you with writing activities for use with ESL learners of varying levels. These exercises can be used one-on-one or in a classroom setting. They encourage students to express themselves in English and turn errors into part of the learning process.

Advanced ESL Writing Topics

9. Advanced ESL Writing Topics

Advanced ESL students get easily bored if they have to write on topics that do not match the language skills they have acquired. In this lesson, you can find some challenging topics so that your ESL students can put to work what they know.

ESL Intermediate Writing Activities & Exercises

10. ESL Intermediate Writing Activities & Exercises

Writing is an invaluable academic, social, and professional skill, especially for English as a second language (ESL) learners. This lesson provides teachers with intermediate level ESL writing activities and exercises designed for students of different levels and abilities.

ESL Writing a Report Exercises

11. ESL Writing a Report Exercises

Your ESL students are ready to write their first report. This lesson gives you a set of activities to guide your students toward a great report by helping them understand report components.

ESL Describing Places Lesson Plan

12. ESL Describing Places Lesson Plan

This lesson plan provides teachers with individual and group writing and speaking activities designed to teach English as a Second Language students how to describe places.

ESL Describing Objects Activities & Games

13. ESL Describing Objects Activities & Games

Object description is an essential aspect of communication in any language. To help ESL students practice description, this lesson provides some engaging activities and games for your classroom.

ESL Describing & Writing a Process Activities

14. ESL Describing & Writing a Process Activities

Your ESL students need a lot of practice in order to describe and write well about processes to do things. Since this is an essential skill for communication, the topics in this lesson are engaging and adaptable to oral or writing activities.

ESL Paraphrasing Activities & Games

15. ESL Paraphrasing Activities & Games

Properly paraphrasing can be a challenge, especially for English as a Second Language (ESL) learners. This lesson provides teachers with activities and games designed to teach paraphrasing skills to ESL students.

ESL Summary Writing Exercises & Activities

16. ESL Summary Writing Exercises & Activities

Summary writing can be an invaluable skill for English as a second language (ESL) students. This lesson equips teachers with classroom exercises and activities designed to teach summary writing to students of varying English language abilities.

ESL Avoiding Plagiarism Games & Activities

17. ESL Avoiding Plagiarism Games & Activities

Plagiarism awareness takes more than just a code of conduct or a warning to students. Your ESL students can benefit from learning about plagiarism through some cool activities like the ones this lesson provides.

Teaching ESL Students How to Write an Autobiography: Project & Examples

18. Teaching ESL Students How to Write an Autobiography: Project & Examples

In this lesson, teachers of English as a second language (ESL) learners will learn strategies for teaching students how to write an autobiography. Project ideas and examples are included.

ESL Writing Assessments

19. ESL Writing Assessments

This lesson addresses ways in which ESL teachers can assess writing from students of varying ages and English levels. It examines how mechanics, organization, and style all play a role in developing effective writing skills.

ESL Writing Topics

20. ESL Writing Topics

It can sometimes be difficult for ESL (English as a second language) students to think of topics to write about. This lesson provides ESL teachers with numerous topics designed for writing practice both inside and outside the classroom.

ESL Journal Topics

21. ESL Journal Topics

Writing can be a challenge for many students, whether English is their first language or not. The key to writing success in the classroom, is to engage and inspire students with interesting and appealing journal topics. Read on, for some ideas to get your students writing with ease.

ESL Writing Exercises & Teaching Strategies

22. ESL Writing Exercises & Teaching Strategies

Writing is an integral part of learning English as a second language; therefore, ESL students must have practice developing writing skills in the classroom. This lesson will provide exercises and strategies for teaching writing to your ESL students.

ESL Writing Rubrics

23. ESL Writing Rubrics

There are many benefits to using a rubric in your ESL writing classes. Not only will the students expressly know what is expected of them, they can also use the rubric as a checklist when completing their assignments.

Writing Strategies for ESL Students

24. Writing Strategies for ESL Students

This lesson will discuss a variety of strategies for English as a Second Language learners to improve their writing in order to effectively communicate their ideas. These strategies are adaptable for all age levels.

ESL Group Story Writing Games & Activities

25. ESL Group Story Writing Games & Activities

Group writing activities can be a great way for ESL (English as a second language) students to share ideas and constructively interact. In this lesson, teachers are provided with group story writing games and activities designed for classroom use.

ESL Spelling Development

26. ESL Spelling Development

In this lesson, teachers will learn strategies for helping English as a Second Language (ESL) students develop spelling skills. These strategies can be adapted for a variety of age and grade levels.

Common ESL Spelling Challenges

27. Common ESL Spelling Challenges

Learning to speak, listen, read, and write in English can certainly be a challenge. This lesson addresses some of the specific spelling challenges often facing English language learners.

ESL Paragraph Structure Exercises

28. ESL Paragraph Structure Exercises

Many students can use a refresher on how to write paragraphs. In this lesson, teachers of English as a second language (ESL) students will learn some activities for reinforcing paragraph structure.

ESL Essay Writing Activities

29. ESL Essay Writing Activities

Teaching ESL students the fundamentals of essay writing can be a very challenging process. This lesson will go over some valuable activities to use in the classroom to help make essay writing a little more fun and a lot easier to understand.

Writing Prompts for ESL Elementary Students

30. Writing Prompts for ESL Elementary Students

Learning how to write in English is a key part of developing language skills for elementary school students. Topics for writing nede to be age-appropriate, assist in developing English literary skills, and appealing to young students. This lesson provides you with some prompts you can use to encourage your ESL students to write.

ESL Past Tense Writing Prompts

31. ESL Past Tense Writing Prompts

The past tense often presents difficulties to ESL students when it's time to write. This lesson includes some ready-to-use prompts that can help your ESL students get excited about writing in the past tense.

Writing Prompts for Advanced ESL Students

32. Writing Prompts for Advanced ESL Students

Once ESL students have reached a certain level in their pursuit of the English language, it's important to provide them with more challenging material. This lesson provides teachers with writing prompts specifically designed for advanced ESL students.

ESL Story Writing Prompts

33. ESL Story Writing Prompts

Helping students learn to exercise their creativity in English is a great way to get them feeling confident as writers. The prompts in this lesson are oriented toward helping your ESL students write stories.

ESL Letter Writing Prompts

34. ESL Letter Writing Prompts

Learning how to write letters is such an important part of becoming competent at communication in English. This lesson offers some prompts that will get your students writing letters!

ESL Argumentative Essay Topics

35. ESL Argumentative Essay Topics

ESL students love being able to use and show off their language skills. Argumentative essays give them the opportunity to show their language ability along with their logic and reasoning skills. This lesson lists some interesting topics for argumentative writing.

Creative Writing Prompts for ESL Students

36. Creative Writing Prompts for ESL Students

Creative writing is a valuable asset both in and out of the classroom. In this lesson, you'll be provided with creative writing prompts specifically designed for use in an ESL (English as a Second Language) classroom.

ESL Picture Writing Prompts

37. ESL Picture Writing Prompts

Pictures can be a terrific way of grabbing a student's attention and inspiring them to write. As such, pictures are a great resource to get ESL students to write interesting answers. This lesson gives you pictures along with the prompts that would get your students writing.

ESL Descriptive Writing Prompts

38. ESL Descriptive Writing Prompts

Learning to write descriptively will help your ESL students express themselves with depth as well as enhance their vocabularies and communication. The prompts in this lesson will help students of a variety of ages write descriptively.

Persuasive Writing Prompts for ESL

39. Persuasive Writing Prompts for ESL

Learning to write persuasively can bring the task of writing to life. This lesson presents persuasive writing prompts to help your ESL students understand just how effective good writing can be.

ESL Descriptive Adjective Activities

40. ESL Descriptive Adjective Activities

In this lesson, teachers of English as a second language (ESL) students will learn strategies for teaching learners about descriptive adjectives. The lesson will include activities that can be implemented into instruction.

Cut & Grow Writing Strategy for ELLs

41. Cut & Grow Writing Strategy for ELLs

The cut and grow writing strategy is an effective teaching tool for all students, especially ELL students. This lesson explains how to implement the strategy and how it can help students' writing.

ESL Opinion Essay Topics

42. ESL Opinion Essay Topics

This lesson describes instructional strategies to use as you teach your students about the essay writing process. Then we will look at a variety of opinion essay prompts to pique your students' interest.

ESL Compare & Contrast Essay Topics

43. ESL Compare & Contrast Essay Topics

In this lesson, teachers will discover ideas for compare and contrast essay topics for English as a Second Language (ESL) students. The lesson also provides tips for teaching essay writing in the ESL classroom.

How To Write A Postcard Lesson Plan for ESL Students

44. How To Write A Postcard Lesson Plan for ESL Students

Using postcards as a teaching tool can be a fun learning experience. Use this lesson plan to teach your English as a second language (ESL) students how to write a postcard using activities that are interactive and easy to implement.

Survey Lesson Plan for ESL Students

45. Survey Lesson Plan for ESL Students

Through activities that involve students in developing, responding to, and analyzing surveys, this lesson plan will help you support your English Language Learners' growth in vocabulary, conversation, and asking and answering questions.

ESL Blog Lesson Plan

46. ESL Blog Lesson Plan

In this lesson plan, ESL learners examine what blogs are and how to use them. The activities are designed to encourage students to express their opinions, reflect on their own communication strengths and needs, and to comment on the postings of classmates.

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