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While we love logic and vocabulary, we understand that writing is paramount: chief in importance or impact; supreme; preeminent. (See, we told you we love vocabulary!) Learning to express one's thoughts in a clear manner, having command of language, and using exposition to express an idea or opinion is a crucial tool for students to learn. Everyone should have the right to be able to speak their mind, but they also should have the know-how to do it in an effective manner. While our reading comprehension exercises may help show students what good writing should look like, there's no substitute for actually practicing it themselves. Technology has not yet invented a way that a student's writing can be checked; this can only be done by a teacher. So, these worksheets are intended to be completed and then reviewed by a competent educator.

Below you'll find our writing practice worksheets for students to use to practice writing. Each worksheet is colorful, has examples, and space for students to write their responses. On these worksheets, students learn to improve their writing by finishing the story, responding to questions, writing in practical situations, arguing a position, and writing ly and creatively.The writing process first evolved from economic necessity in the ancient near east. Writing most likely began as a consequence of political expansion in ancient cultures, which needed reliable means for transmitting information, maintaining financial accounts, keeping historical records, and similar activities. Around the 4th millennium BC, the complexity of trade and administration outgrew the power of memory, and writing became a more dependable method of recording and presenting transactions in a permanent form. The Dispilio Tablet, which was carbon dated to the 6th millennium BC, may be evidence that writing was used even earlier than that.

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Finish the Story Writing Worksheets


In these writing practice worksheets, students practice both reading and writing in these exercises. First, they read the uncompleted story. Then, they try to finish it using their own words.

Question Response Writing Worksheets


In these writing practice worksheets, students practice reading and writing in these exercises. Each worksheet asks a question that students must try to answer. Example answers are provided for students to read and model their answer after.

Practical Writing Worksheets
In these writing practice worksheets, students practice reading and practical writing. Each worksheet begins with a prompt that gives students a chance to write practically. Each prompt features a real world writing activity. Example answers are provided for students to read and model their answer after.

Argumentative Writing Worksheets
In these writing practice worksheets, students practice writing and reading in these exercises. Each worksheet asks students to perform a persuasive writing exercise according to examples and instructions. Example answers are provided for students to read.

Writing Worksheets
In these writing practice worksheets, students practice writing and reading in these exercises. Each worksheet asks students to write on a topic of their choosing. Example answers are provided for students to read.

Using Precise Language
These worksheets provide students practice using precise language. This means eliminating vague constructions and unnecessary verbiage. For example, the sentence, "Tom is a careless person" gets changed to "Tom is careless."









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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