The Writing Process Worksheets

Analysing Essay Questions

EAP Analysing Essay Questions Worksheet - Reading and Writing Exercises: Matching, Writing a Thesis Statement and Main Ideas - Intermediate (B1) - 40 minutes

In this analysing essay questions worksheet, students learn instruction words and practice strategies for understanding and clarifying writing task requirements. Students begin by reading information about instruction words used in essay questions and writing assignments. Students then reorder letters to reveal common essay instruction words. Next, students read ten definitions and match them to the correct instruction words. Afterwards, students read about a three-step strategy for breaking down and analysing essay questions. Students then use this information to help them examine an essay question and develop a working outline for an essay.
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Brainstorming and Mind Mapping

EAP Brainstorming and Mind Mapping Worksheet - Reading and Writing Exercises: Brainstorming, Creating a Mind Map and an Essay Outline, Writing an Essay - Intermediate (B1) - 90 minutes

In this brainstorming and mind mapping worksheet, students learn and practice two common pre-writing techniques. Students then use one of the techniques to produce an essay outline and write a complete essay. Students start by reading information about brainstorming and mind mapping. Students then practice creating either a brainstorming list or a mind map for an essay about work-life balance. Next, students use their brainstorming list or mind map to produce an essay outline on the topic. In the last exercise, students use the essay outline to write a complete essay.
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Revising and Editing an Essay

EAP Revising and Editing an Essay Worksheet - Reading and Writing Exercises: Creating an Essay Outline, Writing Notes, Editing and Revising a Paragraph - Intermediate (B1-B2) - 90 minutes

In this free revising and editing worksheet, students learn the differences between revising and editing and use revising and editing techniques to identify problems in the first draft of an essay. First, students read information about revising and editing and use the reverse outlining technique to identify needed revisions in an essay first draft. After creating the reverse outline, students review it to make notes about necessary revisions. Finally, students read another version of a body paragraph from the essay. Students scan it twice, once to identify errors with grammar and punctuation and once for vocabulary use and spelling. Students then fix the errors by rewriting the paragraph.
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How to Analyse an Essay Question

EAP Writing Process Worksheet - Writing Exercises: Matching, Identifying, Writing an Essay Question and Essay, Peer Review and Feedback - Upper-intermediate (B2) - 90 minutes

In this analysing essay questions worksheet, students learn and practice topic words, instruction words and limiting words that can be used to decode essay writing prompts. Students then apply this knowledge by creating their own essay question and writing an essay that responds to a question set by their partner. First, students read a short text that explains the importance of analyzing an essay question and the meanings of topic words, limiting words and instruction words. Students then match a set of instruction words to their definitions. Next, students read essay questions and identify the topic words, instruction words and limiting words. Students then choose a topic and create their own essay question using the instruction words. After that, students swap papers with a partner and attempt an analysis of their partner's essay question. Students then write an essay that addresses the question set by their partner. Finally, students conduct a peer review and feedback for the essay their partner wrote.
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