Essay Writing Worksheets

Paragraph and Essay Structure Comparison

Paragraph and Essay Structure Comparison Worksheet - Reading and Writing Exercises - Intermediate (B1) - 45 minutes

In this essay structure worksheet, students compare paragraph and essay structure to familiarise themselves with the basic parts of an academic essay. Give each student a copy of the two-page worksheet. Students begin by reading about the similarities between paragraph structure and basic essay structure. Students then read an example paragraph and complete a paragraph outline to understand its structure. Next, students read an example essay and complete an essay outline to reinforce their understanding of essay structure. In the final exercise, students read the example essay one more time and answer questions about the essay's organisation.
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Interactive Version - This essay structure interactive worksheet helps students understand the basic structure of an academic essay by comparing an academic paragraph with an essay and outlining their organisation.

 

Parts of an Essay

Parts of an Essay Worksheet - Reading, Matching and Writing Exercises - Intermediate (B1) - 90 minutes

In this free parts of an essay worksheet, students learn about the various parts that make up an academic essay and practice writing a structured, logical, and cohesive essay. Give each student a copy of the three-page worksheet. Students begin by answering three true or false statements to review some basic essay structure knowledge. Next, students unscramble letters to reveal the key terms used to describe the various parts of an academic essay. Students then match the terms to their correct definitions. After that, students read an example essay to identify the key parts defined in Exercise C. In the last exercise, students create an essay outline on the topic of healthy eating. The students then use the outline to write a short essay that demonstrates all the parts of an academic essay. When the students have finished, review their work and provide feedback.
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Interactive Version - Here is a free parts of an essay interactive worksheet to help teach students the parts that make up an academic essay and practice essay structure.

 

Introduction Paragraphs

Introduction Paragraphs Worksheet - Reading and Writing Exercises - Intermediate (B1) - 75 minutes

In this introduction paragraphs worksheet, students learn and practice how to write introduction paragraphs that have a background and thesis statement, and show a funnel type structure. Give each student a copy of the two-page worksheet. Students begin by reading a short passage, explaining the parts and structure of an introduction paragraph. The students also examine an example introduction paragraph and its organisation to reinforce introduction paragraph structure. Students then move on to reorder sentences so that they make a logical and coherent introduction paragraph that shows a funnel type structure. Next, students add a thesis statement to general statements in order to complete an introduction paragraph. Students then write a complete introduction paragraph by adding general statements to a thesis statement. After that, students use prompts to write an introduction paragraph that begins with general statements and ends with a thesis statement. In the final exercise, students are given freer practice to write an introduction paragraph on a specific topic without the guidance of prompts.
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Interactive Version - This introduction paragraphs interactive worksheet helps students to learn and practice the parts and structure of introduction paragraphs.

 

Body Paragraphs

Body Paragraphs Worksheet - Reading and Writing Exercises - Intermediate (B1) - 60 minutes

In this body paragraphs worksheet, students practice planning and writing body paragraphs that support a thesis statement. Give each student a copy of the two-page worksheet. Students begin by reading an introductory text about body paragraphs. The students then write topic sentences for body paragraphs that support a thesis statement. Next, students choose one of the topic sentences from Exercise A and create an outline for the body paragraph using keywords and phrases. After that, students use the paragraph outline from Exercise B to write a complete body paragraph. Finally, students read the first body paragraph from an essay and then write a follow-up paragraph that supports an additional and related point on the topic.
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Interactive Version - In this body paragraphs interactive worksheet, students learn how to plan and write body paragraphs that support a thesis statement.

 

Concluding Paragraphs

Concluding Paragraphs Worksheet - Reading and Writing Exercises - Intermediate (B1) - 60 minutes

In this concluding paragraphs worksheet, students learn and practice writing concluding paragraphs that restate a thesis statement, summarise key points, and end with a final statement. Give each student a copy of the two-page worksheet. Students begin by reading a short text explaining the elements that make up a concluding paragraph. The students also examine an example concluding paragraph and its structure. Students then write concluding sentences by reading thesis statements and rewriting them so that the language is new but the ideas are unchanged. Next, students use notes from basic essay outlines to write the first two sentences of three concluding paragraphs. The first sentence is a concluding sentence and the second sentence summarises the main ideas of the body paragraphs. In the final exercise, students use essay questions to write their own concluding paragraphs that contain a concluding sentence beginning with a transition, a summary of the key points from the body paragraphs, and a final statement.
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Interactive Version - Here is a concluding paragraphs interactive worksheet to help teach students how to write a concluding paragraph that restates the thesis statement, summarises the main points of the essay, and ends with a final statement.

 

Essay Outlines

Essay Outlines Worksheet - Reading and Writing Exercises - Intermediate (B1) - 90 minutes

This essay outlines worksheet helps to teach students how to create outlines as part of the essay writing process. Give each student a copy of the four-page worksheet. Students begin by reading about the importance of an outline in the essay writing process. Students then read an example essay and use it to complete an essay outline. Next, students read and analyse an essay question and brainstorm ideas to include in an essay outline about the topic. After that, students create an outline for the essay based on their brainstormed ideas. In the last exercise, students write a complete essay based on the outline created in Exercise C.
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Interactive Version - In this essay outlines interactive worksheet, students work through a range of exercises to practice writing outlines for academic essays.

 

Essay Writing Review

Essay Writing Review Worksheet - Reading, Matching and Writing Exercises - Intermediate (B1) - 90 minutes

In this essay writing review worksheet, students revise basic academic essay writing and practice the skills covered in previous worksheets in this series. Give each student a copy of the three-page worksheet. Students begin by adding a background to a thesis statement in order to create an introduction paragraph that follows a funnel structure. Next, students read the first body paragraph from an essay and then write a second body paragraph that maintains unity and coherence with the first. Students then use a basic essay outline to help them write a concluding paragraph. After that, students identify and underline academic style issues in a body paragraph and rewrite the paragraph so that it shows an appropriate register. In the next exercise, students rewrite sentences so that they are structurally and grammatically correct. Students then move on to read an essay that is missing cohesive devices such as transitions and sentence connectors. The students then match cohesive devices with the gaps to complete the essay. Students end by reviewing some basic knowledge about essay writing by answering true or false statements.
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Interactive Version - Here is an essay writing review interactive worksheet to help students revise and practice academic essay writing and skills.

 

Academic Style

Academic Style Worksheet - Reading, Matching and Writing Exercises - Intermediate (B1) - 45 minutes

In this free academic style worksheet, students learn and practice some common rules of academic style for essay writing. Give each student a copy of the two-page worksheet. Students begin by matching sentence halves together to reveal six common rules of academic style in essay writing. Next, students review a table that shows a number of academic style errors commonly made by students and how they can be fixed. The students then analyse an example sentence to identify and categorise the academic style errors. After that, students look at a table containing a number of informal words and phrases. The students then replace them with appropriate formal words. In the last exercise, students read an essay to identify and underline academic style errors. When the students have finished, they compare the issues they underlined with a partner. Finally, review the provided revised version of the essay that adheres to academic style rules with the students.
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Essay Cohesion, Coherence, and Unity

Essay Cohesion, Coherence, and Unity Worksheet - Reading and Writing Exercises - Intermediate (B1) - 60 minutes

In this essay writing worksheet, students learn and practice essay cohesion, coherence, and unity. Give each student a copy of the three-page worksheet. Students begin by reading information about cohesion, coherence, coordinating conjunctions, and transitions. The students then categorise coordinating conjunctions according to their function. Next, students complete compound sentences with the correct coordinating conjunction. After that, students place transitions into a table according to their function. The students then move on to complete a short passage with suitable transitions. Afterwards, students read about how pronouns can be used to improve coherence in writing. The students then rewrite a paragraph by replacing nouns with pronouns from a table to improve the paragraph's overuse of key terms. Next, students read a brief explanation of 'unity' and then identify the sentence in a paragraph that is off-topic and breaks unity. In the final exercise, students review an essay to identify and underline errors with cohesion, coherence, and unity. When the students have finished, go through the essay as a class and ask the students to suggest improvements.
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Interactive Version - This essay writing interactive worksheet helps to teach students about essay coherence, cohesion, and unity.

 

Fragments, Run-ons, and Comma Splices

Fragments, Run-ons, and Comma Splices Worksheet - Reading and Writing Exercises - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

In this sentence structure errors worksheet, students practice identifying and correcting fragments, run-on sentences, and comma splices. Give each student a copy of the two-page worksheet. Students begin by reading explanations of fragments, run-on sentences and comma splices. The students also review independent and dependent clauses, and how they are used to create compound and complex sentences to better understand the three error types. The students then read sentences and identify coordinating conjunctions, subordinating conjunctions, subjects, and verbs. Next, students identify independent clauses and dependent clauses in sentences. The students also classify the sentences as either compound or complex. In the last exercise, students identify three sentences with errors and rewrite them so that they are correct. The students also categorise the errors as either being a fragment, run-on sentence, or comma splice.
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