Developing essay-writing skills at secondary

Hand-picked skills lessons and tools to support secondary pupils as they tackle essay writing in any subject area

Tes resources team

Secondary, Essay, Writing, Planning, Structure, Paragraph, Language, KS3, KS4, GCSE, Post-16, A-level, Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Year 10, Year 11

Take students through the steps to effective essay writing in any subject with these skills lessons and supporting tools

Most students have a love-hate relationship with essay writing. They recognise that it’s one of the best vehicles through which to demonstrate their understanding of a particular topic or subject area, but crafting an essay can take a long time.

Why not make the prospect less daunting with this collection of hand-picked lesson ideas? We’ve also chosen some top tools to help learners to develop their skills, and their confidence, at each stage of the essay-writing process.

Essay writing guides

Essay Writing Toolkit
mikegershon

Essay Writing Toolkit

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A comprehensive guide to essay writing. The toolkit contains over 50 activities to help students improve their essays, as well as a wealth of other information, ideas and links. All aspects of essay writing are covered and the material is suitable for use across Key Stages 3,4 and 5.

Sentence starters and vocab mats

PEE Paragraph Sentence Starters
alexandrajoannebrazier

PEE Paragraph Sentence Starters

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Used for both Key Stages 3 and 4 in English Language. Designed to be printed double sided (PEE on one side, connectives on reverse, same with writing and vocabulary) for students to use during assessment/guided writing. I have them printed in colour on card and laminated for my classroom and it's a ...
Three tense GCSE Spanish writing mat (w/irregulars and opinions)
OllieMFL

Three tense GCSE Spanish writing mat (w/irregulars and opinions)

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1. Leave a review 2. Follow on Twitter @ollieMFL - http://http://twitter.com/OllieMFL 3. Buy me a coffee - http://www.buymeacoffee.com/olliemfl I have added one version which as different colours for the three tenses as my classes are used to them being colour coded. Original idea from @MFLWyed...
History PEE Paragraph Literacy Mats
historymissp

History PEE Paragraph Literacy Mats

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Point, evidence and explain paragraphs are a key element of History writing. These literacy mats are a great ready reckoner to help students write and structure their own paragraphs. * Ideal for KS3 and KS4. * Students love them. * Promotes independence. * Improves writing. * Encourages better exp...
IGCSE Spanish writing booklet Remote learning
melody05

IGCSE Spanish writing booklet Remote learning

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Hope you find this booklet useful. It's full of writing practice and writing tips. The booklet can be used during the school closures as it offers clear guidance and fosters independence. Structure strips are very useful to support students writing long essays in Spanish. These booklet contains ea...
PEEL Paragraph Writing
bduh

PEEL Paragraph Writing

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A guided worksheet to help students strengthen their critical analysis skills by structuring their responses in a paragraph format. Can be used for subjects other than English.
Sentence starters for PEE paragraphs
aerynsun

Sentence starters for PEE paragraphs

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Gives learners examples of sentence starters and appropriate language to use for each part of the paragraph or essay. For example, how to introduce evidence or an explanation. There are also suggestions for introduction and conclusion language. It helps learners to add structure to thier longer piec...

Classroom displays and student handouts 

PEEL (Point Evidence Explain Link) Paragraphs Poster
poetryessay

PEEL (Point Evidence Explain Link) Paragraphs Poster

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This PEEL (Point Evidence Explain Link) paragraphs poster presents a simplified way for students to understand analytical writing. English students are expected to be familiar with this technique and this bold display makes their task easier. This compliments the PEEL Paragraphs Sentence Starters Po...
OREO Persuasive Writing Bookmarks
mrswoollacott

OREO Persuasive Writing Bookmarks

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These are bookmarks that show the OREO persuasive writing strategy. There are 3 bookmarks on a page. O - State your Opinion clearly R - Tell your Reason for your opinion E - Give an Example to support your opinion O - Restate your Opinion The more reasons and examples you give, the stronger your w...
Sentence Starters
lkeeney01

Sentence Starters

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4 Sentence Starter Mats: * Simple * Challenging * Time * Summarizing Handy to print out for children or display on SMART board.
Maths Exam Command Words Display
MissMaths1

Maths Exam Command Words Display

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Taken from the EdExcel GCSE Specification I have displayed the different command words in A4 hexagons that will create a display in the classroom. Simply print out in different colours and the hexagons fit together to form a colourful useful display.