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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 730 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 730 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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The Tell-Tale Heart - Edgar Allan Poe

The Tell-Tale Heart - Edgar Allan Poe

iClassics Collection
The Tell-Tale Heart" is a short story by American writer Edgar Allan Poe, first published in 1843. It is told by an unnamed narrator who endeavors to convince the reader of his sanity, while descr ...
1 Views 3,411 Pre-IntIntAdvExam
Superheroes and Superpowers - Video and Writing Prompt

Superheroes and Superpowers - Video and Writing Prompt

Tom Leventhall
Discussion/warmer activity centered around superheroes and their superpowers. Students begin by watching a YouTube clip, using it identify a number of superpowers. They then design their own sup ...
1 Views 11,119 Pre-IntIntAdvExam
Explanatory Writing Prompt - Hair Styles

Explanatory Writing Prompt - Hair Styles

Motivate students to write and to improve their explanatory writing skills with this creative writing prompt that asks them to write about their hair style. Why did they choose it? Is it unique? H ...
1 Views 7,090 Int
Christmas Story Picture - Small Chimney

Christmas Story Picture - Small Chimney

This Christmas worksheet was created for primary/elementary students. Kids look at the picture and write a creative story to go along with it. Santa is looking a bit worried...We think the chimney ...
7 Views 22,490 Elem
Teaching Gerunds Through Creative Writing

Teaching Gerunds Through Creative Writing

Michael Patrick
Lesson 7 in this 24 part series of exercises is almost all about gerunds which are very common in everyday usage and these different exercises will show your students just how much. I've also snu ...
7 Views 16,366 Pre-IntInt
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Alien Welcome Committee Writing Prompt

Alien Welcome Committee Writing Prompt

This creative writing prompt will help students build language and writing skills by imagining that they are welcoming a group of aliens to Earth. They must write a song to welcome the aliens. Thi ...
1 Views 9,332 Elem
Song Worksheet: Man in the Mirror by Michael Jackson (Two Part Plan)

Song Worksheet: Man in the Mirror by Michael Jackson (Two Part Plan)

Dan Glucksnis
I used this lesson with middle school pre-intermediate and intermediate students. The worksheet has three parts, the first is a lyrics gap-fill to get students familiar with the lyrics. Part two a ...
5 Views 24,109 IntAdv
Dictation Practice Sheet

Dictation Practice Sheet

This worksheet is useful for practicing some vocabulary items and alphabet letters A-K. Hope you find it useful in your classes. It's appropriate for early beginner students. 
5 Views 29,944 Beg
What Did You Do on Your Last Vacation?

What Did You Do on Your Last Vacation?

LUZ ZUNICO TELLO
It's an amazing worksheet about what ss did on their last vacation.  You'll find here a wordsearch, questions about what people did last weekend, also activities such as reading comprehensio ...
10 Views 24,741 Elem
Icebreaking Dictation

Icebreaking Dictation

corinne hoffert
I use this activity at the beginning of the school year to make a revision of the basics: ame, age, expression of love and dislike, conjugation, etc.. Students usually love it. First I introduce t ...
16 Views 28,075 Int
Writing IV - Writing about Your City

Writing IV - Writing about Your City

Ursula Viessa
Writing is always a tough task regardless of the language. When it comes to English, it is worse, because students don't usually write in their native language (in my case, Portuguese from Brazil) ...
4 Views 25,493 Pre-Int
Writing III - Descriptive Writing

Writing III - Descriptive Writing

Ursula Viessa
Writing is always a tough task regardless of the language. When it comes to English, it is worse, because students don't usually write in their native language (in my case, Portuguese from Brazil) ...
6 Views 20,362 Pre-Int
Writing II - Writing Based on a Model

Writing II - Writing Based on a Model

Ursula Viessa
Writing is always a tough task regardless of the language. When it comes to English, it is worse, because students don't usually write in their native language (in my case, Portuguese from Brazil) ...
3 Views 15,733 Pre-Int
Writing I - Freewriting - Putting Things Together

Writing I - Freewriting - Putting Things Together

Ursula Viessa
Writing is not a very easy or simple thing. Students all over the world, regardless of their native language, have difficulty in writing in English. This worksheet gives some guidelines on the ste ...
4 Views 17,085 Elem
Editing: Giant Panda

Editing: Giant Panda

Editing and proofreading are essential aspects of effective writing. Students read the passages carefully and thoroughly and rewrite the passages correctly on the lines provided. This is great pra ...
9 Views 24,587 Elem
British Expression for Point of View

British Expression for Point of View

Jessica Parish
British words that help express your point of view that lead to writing a book review. The key is on  the last page. In the first activity a teacher can elicit the expressions by getting stud ...
8 Views 13,291 Adv
Valentine's Day Writing Paper (1)

Valentine's Day Writing Paper (1)

Valentine's Day Writing Paper. Make February 14th a special day with our fun printables and activities. This printable can be used to write a letter or a poem and given to a friend or family membe ...
2 Views 7,475 Elem
Parts of Paragraph

Parts of Paragraph

I have designed this PPT to teach my ESL students how to write a paragraph. It includes different parts of the paragraph, a sample, an exercise to check students' understanding of the title, topic ...
5 Views 13,968 Elem
Story Picture - Hanukkah

Story Picture - Hanukkah

Hanukkah is nearly here! Students are asked to look at the picture and write a story to tell what's happening. A Jewish family are celebrating Hanukkah. Do you know how families celebrate this Jew ...
3 Views 9,725 Elem
Christmas Story Picture - Elf at the North Pole

Christmas Story Picture - Elf at the North Pole

This Christmas worksheet was created for primary/elementary students. Students look at the picture and write a creative story to go along with it. They must also think of a title. The picture show ...
4 Views 11,598 Elem
Linking Words and Expressions (with Some Exercises)

Linking Words and Expressions (with Some Exercises)

Claire
This a Powerpoint that I created in order to teach linking words and expressions with examples for my students. It contains some exercises at the end. They will need more practice but I think that ...
10 Views 16,137 IntAdv
Film Rating

Film Rating

This worksheet can be used to teach students how to write their opinion about a film. It may be used as an introductory task before teaching them how to write a longer film review. First students ...
5 Views 11,907 Pre-Int
Letters A-N

Letters A-N

I have designed this worksheet for practicing alphabets (A-N). Have your students write the letters to complete the words. Hope you find in useful.
5 Views 15,145 Beg
Writing: Celine Dion Short Biography

Writing: Celine Dion Short Biography

Agnieszka Bialek
Simple worksheet for writing a few simple sentences about Celine Dion based on given information. Each following sentence is based on the following information given at the top of the page. This e ...
5 Views 14,724 ElemPre-Int
Recycling Worksheet

Recycling Worksheet

Reduce, reuse, recycle! Students read the questions and write the answers on the lines provided. They are then asked to write the definition of 10 words. This will help kids understand the reasons ...
5 Views 15,675 Elem

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