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733 FREE Writing Worksheets

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As ESL teachers, we’ve all had those students who do great on their grammar exams, speak up confidently in class, and are always first to raise their hands for activities - and yet, when it comes time for a writing assignment, they can barely squeeze out a few short sentences. This can be frustrating for the student and teacher alike - but it’s the symptom of a problem that’s well-known in every teaching community: Speaking and writing are two very different skills.

As with any new skill, practice is key - but students who have trouble writing aren’t usually keen to take on even more writing practice. After all, they might think, if their grammar and vocabulary are correct, and they don’t need to write in English for their jobs, what’s the point of drilling this skill? The answer is, of course, that the ability to write in English is key in the world and the workplace - from writing cover letters and CVs to drafting emails and client presentations. The responsibility is at least partly on you, the teacher, to provide assignments that draw your students into the writing process.

BusyTeacher.org is your number-one stop for exactly those kinds of assignments. Our 733 writing worksheets will provide your students with intriguing writing prompts, and with a variety of writing exercises that’ll help them watch their own improvement as it happens. Our worksheets even break down the writing process into its core components, so you can figure out exactly where in the process each student is struggling, and intervene with exercises to help him or her through that trouble spot.

The writing worksheets here on BusyTeacher.org will help familiarize your students with all the sub-skills involved in writing - from choosing a topic and constructing that first paragraph, all the way to writing movie reviews and short poems. Some of our worksheets even cover basics like handwriting and sentence structure - so no matter how much your students need to brush up on their fundamentals, we’ve got worksheets to meet them where they are.

You’ll find worksheets on any topic you can imagine, from daily routines and holidays to pop culture, news, and even poetry and song lyrics.  Some worksheets just help you lead simple fill-in-the-blank exercises, while others present thought-provoking topics for full essays, or include plans for your students to create their own newsletters. And for students who need help with English school assignments, you’ll also find worksheets on writing essays and test responses.

You can browse all of our 733 writing worksheets in thumbnail view, so you don’t have to wait for any of them to load to get an idea of what they’re like. As you scroll down the page, just click on any worksheet that catches your eye - they’re all completely free to download, print, and share in any way you like. And they’re all created and classroom-tested by real ESL teachers all over the world - which means you can be confident they’ll work in your classroom, too. If you’ve got a worksheet of your own that you’d like to share with your fellow ESL teachers in the BusyTeacher.org community, just click the “Submit a worksheet” button at the bottom of this page.

All of these writing worksheets are here to help you - so pick out a few that look interesting, and give them a try in your classroom today. We’re sure you’ll love them as much as the other ESL teachers in our community already do.

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Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

This worksheet is suitable for improving your students' writing skills. They are going to write three paragraphs about three types of life style in the past, present and future. They sho ...
Views 1,225 Complete BeginnerElementaryPre-IntermediateIntermediate
Dictation (Celebration)

Dictation (Celebration)

This worksheet is helpful for practicing spelling celebrations and food related vocabulary items, and it helps to improve students writing skills. This is appropriate for young learners and beginn ...
Views 1,206 Complete BeginnerElementary
Dictation (Toys)

Dictation (Toys)

This worksheet is helpful for practicing spelling toys related vocabulary items, and it helps to improve students writing skills. This is appropriate for young learners and beginners. Hope you fin ...
Views 912 Complete BeginnerElementary
Dictation (Food)

Dictation (Food)

This worksheet is helpful for practicing spelling and it improves students' writing skills. This is appropriate for young learners and early beginners. Hope you find it useful.
Views 1,871 Complete BeginnerElementary
Research Activity - Sumatran Tiger

Research Activity - Sumatran Tiger

This research activity was created for primary/elementary students. They are asked to use resources like the internet, library books, or magazines to help them answer the questions about the Sumat ...
Views 1,113 Elementary
Dictation Animals

Dictation Animals

This worksheet is helpful for practicing spelling animals related vocabulary items, and it helps to improve students writing skills. This is appropriate for young learners and beginners.  ...
Views 1,173 Complete BeginnerElementary
City Life vs Country Life

City Life vs Country Life

This worksheet is helpful for improving students' writing skills, and it's appropriate for practicing simple present. Students should start each sentence with "there is" or "there are". It's ...
Views 2,187 Elementary
A Visitor from Abroad

A Visitor from Abroad

This worksheet gives students an opportunity to practice their models of obligation and recommendation while practicing airport vocabulary. Students start off with a conversation and then talk abo ...
Views 1,975 IntermediateUpper Intermediate and Advanced
Research Activity - Hawksbill Sea Turtles

Research Activity - Hawksbill Sea Turtles

This research activity was created for primary/elementary students. They are asked to use resources like the internet, library books, or magazines to help them answer the questions about the hawks ...
Views 1,806 Elementary
Research Activity - Mountain Gorillas

Research Activity - Mountain Gorillas

This research activity was created for primary/elementary students. They are asked to use resources like the internet, library books, or magazines to help them answer the questions about mountain ...
Views 1,519 Elementary
Writing about Your Favorite Instrument

Writing about Your Favorite Instrument

Brian Heim
This will allow intermediate to advanced students to write about their favorite instrument.  Completion time - 5 days or 1 school week. Please show youtube videos of instruments. I perso ...
Views 1,585 Pre-IntermediateIntermediateUpper Intermediate and Advanced
Movie Worksheet: Eliminating the Idea of Waste

Movie Worksheet: Eliminating the Idea of Waste

Natalia
In this worksheet students get acquainted with Tom Szaky's life, founder of Terracycle. After that they are shown a video that deals with the environmental issue, after which their comprehension i ...
Views 2,542 IntermediateUpper Intermediate and AdvancedExam Level
Writing a Summary

Writing a Summary

Luiz Carmo
This is a very interesting exercise to improve reading and writing skills. The texts are about different subjects in order to help students to discuss different topics. It can be used as homework ...
Views 3,468 Pre-IntermediateIntermediate
Debate Topics 3

Debate Topics 3

Students must make a good argument, keep the audience involved, and finally, gain the decision in their favour. Students speak for or against the topic. They must choose 2 topics and write their a ...
Views 6,462 ElementaryPre-Intermediate
Debate Topics 2

Debate Topics 2

Students must make a good argument, keep the audience involved, and finally, gain the decision in their favour. Students speak for or against the topic. They must choose 2 topics and write their a ...
Views 3,922 Elementary
Debate Topics 1

Debate Topics 1

Students must make a good argument, keep the audience involved, and finally, gain the decision in their favour. Students speak for or against the topic. They must choose 2 topics and write their a ...
Views 5,234 Elementary
The Tale of the Three Brothers by J.K. Rowling

The Tale of the Three Brothers by J.K. Rowling

This is a worksheet about the "Tale of the three brothers" by J.K. Rowling. Page 1 includes the first part of the tale, a vocabulary exercise and a writing activity. Page 2 includes the rest of th ...
Views 13,114 IntermediateUpper Intermediate and Advanced
My Autobiography

My Autobiography

Khatuna Tavartkiladze
This worksheet is ideal to help students write about themselves using the present simple tense. Usually students struggle to brainstorm ideas what to write when asked to write about themselves. Th ...
Views 6,690 Pre-IntermediateIntermediateUpper Intermediate and Advanced
Past Simple- Holiday Story

Past Simple- Holiday Story

Khatuna
It's a writing prompt to encourage students to write a story using past simple and past continuous. Students can read each other's stories after they've finished and suggest ways to make the story ...
Views 8,609 ElementaryPre-IntermediateIntermediate
Walking Dead Dialogues

Walking Dead Dialogues

Jenny
Sometimes we have difficulties creating a handout for control practice or free practice. I created this keeping in mind that students like this horror drama TV series. To my surprise, students res ...
Views 3,085 Complete BeginnerPre-IntermediateUpper Intermediate and Advanced
Prince Obituary

Prince Obituary

India
I quickly put this together after hearing the sad news about Prince. The materials include an obituary from Rolling Stone (it is quite long but can easily be shortened depending on your students), ...
Views 5,258 IntermediateUpper Intermediate and Advanced
Alphabet A-N

Alphabet A-N

This is a worksheet for practicing dictation for letters A-N. It is appropriate for absolute beginners. Have your students  look at the pictures and write the words. Hope it helps.
Views 7,084 Complete Beginner
Alphabet A-O

Alphabet A-O

This is a worksheet for practicing dictation for letters A-O. It is appropriate for absolute beginners. Have your students look at the pictures and write the words. Hope it helps.
Views 3,867 Complete Beginner
Movie Worksheet: Couchsurfing

Movie Worksheet: Couchsurfing

Vladimir Vlasek
This worksheet is about couchsurfing and it was made for one-on-one lessons (could be used in larger classes too). Ss find out about couchsurfing, read through the official website, watch vid ...
Views 6,305 Pre-IntermediateIntermediateUpper Intermediate and Advanced
Environmental Problems

Environmental Problems

Luana Araújo
This workesheet was designed for intermediate or advanced students. After you have taught environmental problems, you can use this paper to follow up. Students are able to write an essay/compositi ...
Views 7,693 Intermediate

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