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The PEEL Paragraph Scaffold

The PEEL Paragraph Scaffold

Ambi Tad
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Here is a scaffold detailing all aspects of inclusions in a PEEL / SEEL / TEEL paragraph. This paragraph structure is used to elaborate on arguments or reasons that support the opinion or point o ...
1 Views 7,589 Pre-IntIntAdv
FCE Writing Tasks Worksheet

FCE Writing Tasks Worksheet

Mirela Rotaru
» Creative Writing Prompts
The worksheet includes summarized information about the writing tasks for the FCE Cambridge exam: register and tone, target audience, organisation and structure, purpose and content (essay, lette ...
1 Views 9,289 AdvExam
Poetry Worksheet - Writing Rhyming Lines

Poetry Worksheet - Writing Rhyming Lines

M. Crowe
Creative Writing Prompts,
This is a creative writing prompt to help English as a Second Language students practice rhyming words, with a minor emphasis on poetry rhythm. Familiar words with multiple familiar words as rhyme ...
1 Views 8,417 Elem
The Perfect Date - Writing Activity

The Perfect Date - Writing Activity

Jeff Genet
An incredibly powerful tool to get shy students speaking. Perfect for writing and speaking. Use visual aids to elicit vocabulary and expressions, create sentences and a storyline. Then ask them to ...
1 Views 11,000 All
Princess and the Mystery Box

Princess and the Mystery Box

Jeff Genet
A fantastic visual teaching prompt to teach creative writing, speaking, storytelling, sequencing and lots more. Use the pictures to pre-teach vocabulary and expressions related to the theme. Excel ...
1 Views 16,477 All
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Thanksgiving Flashcards

Thanksgiving Flashcards

Jeff Genet
A beautifully illustrated set of flashcards for Thanksgiving. Powerful tools for creative writing, storytelling, brainstorming, conversation starters, vocabulary building and pretty much anything! ...
1 Views 12,900 All
Reading and Writing Collaborative Activity Using Sticky Notes

Reading and Writing Collaborative Activity Using Sticky Notes

Lynn Bradshaw
, , Creative Writing Prompts
This is a worksheet to get students thinking about what they read and write on a daily basis. It is particularly useful for students who claim they never read by getting them to explore what they ...
1 Views 12,228 Pre-IntIntAdv
Halloween Storytelling Flashcard Prompts

Halloween Storytelling Flashcard Prompts

Jeff Genet
, , Creative Writing Prompts,
High quality beautifully illustrated flashcards that can be used for icebreakers, vocabulary building, storytelling, creating writing, presentations, cultural awareness and a variety of other thin ...
1 Views 15,791 All
English Resource - Writing a Descriptive Paragraph 1

English Resource - Writing a Descriptive Paragraph 1

, , Creative Writing Prompts
When writing a descriptive paragraph remember to: 1. Make sure that you choose a meaningful person, place, or thing. 2. Introduce the person, place, or thing you are describing. 3. Keep your reade ...
1 Views 14,029 Elem
A Single Life - Tell a Story with Sequencing Words

A Single Life - Tell a Story with Sequencing Words

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A worksheet to accompany a short animated video.  Includes vocabulary for different life stages, sequencing words to help students write a plot summary of the video, discussion questions and ...
2 Views 22,190 Pre-IntIntAdv
A Trip to the Hospital - Picture-Based Sequencing Activity

A Trip to the Hospital - Picture-Based Sequencing Activity

Jeff Genet
An awesome collaborative or individual exercise to practice writing, speaking, sequencing, storytelling, follow up questions and much more! Use the images as prompts to tell a story. Brainstorm vo ...
1 Views 14,849 All
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 10,920 Pre-IntIntAdvExam
Superheroes and Superpowers - Video and Writing Prompt

Superheroes and Superpowers - Video and Writing Prompt

Tom Leventhall
, Creative Writing Prompts
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 22,698 Pre-IntIntAdvExam
Explanatory Writing Prompt - Hair Styles

Explanatory Writing Prompt - Hair Styles

» Creative Writing Prompts
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 10,749 Int
Christmas Story Picture - Small Chimney

Christmas Story Picture - Small Chimney

, , Creative Writing Prompts,
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 29,703 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 24,635 Pre-IntInt
Alien Welcome Committee Writing Prompt

Alien Welcome Committee Writing Prompt

» Creative Writing Prompts
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 13,050 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 ...
6 Views 38,850 IntAdv
What Did You Do on Your Last Vacation?

What Did You Do on Your Last Vacation?

LUZ ZUNICO TELLO
, Creative Writing Prompts
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 33,188 Elem
Writing IV - Writing about Your City

Writing IV - Writing about Your City

Ursula Viessa
, , Creative Writing Prompts
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 34,233 Pre-Int
Writing III - Descriptive Writing

Writing III - Descriptive Writing

Ursula Viessa
, Creative Writing Prompts
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 26,491 Pre-Int
Writing II - Writing Based on a Model

Writing II - Writing Based on a Model

Ursula Viessa
, Creative Writing Prompts
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 20,338 Pre-Int
Writing I - Freewriting - Putting Things Together

Writing I - Freewriting - Putting Things Together

Ursula Viessa
» Creative Writing Prompts
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 21,316 Elem
British Expression for Point of View

British Expression for Point of View

Jessica Parish
, , Creative Writing Prompts
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 ...
9 Views 17,029 Adv
Valentine's Day Writing Paper (1)

Valentine's Day Writing Paper (1)

, Creative Writing Prompts,
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 9,494 Elem

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