Hack EAL: Writing

Flora Michti
04th June 2019
Improve writing in EAL / EFL

Lesson ideas and worksheets to help intermediate and advanced students improve their writing

Are you looking to help ESL students' enhance their writing skills? Check out this collection of resources and unlock the secrets to writing a good essay.

Master linking words

Linking words, connectives and conjunctions Game

Use this game to consolidate learning about using linking words and conjunctions in sentence combining and clarity.
By sheilasantha

Linking Words-Connectors Crossword Puzzle

Linking Words-Connectors Crossword Puzzle-ESL Fun Games
Try out our Linking Words-Connectors Crossword Puzzle.

Description:
This is a two page crossword puzzle worksheet.  Each puzzle has a total of thirty-five statements or questions used as clues to solve the puzzle.

How to Use It: 
Students will use the across and down clues to write the correct words in a numbered grid.

These puzzles can be printed and handed out to students in class.  They also work great for extra homework practice.

Save on printing costs by projecting the puzzle and having students write down the answers in their notebooks.

Notes:
Each puzzle includes an Answer Key.

Use our board and card games or other worksheets and exams as complimentary activities for this worksheet.

Don’t forget to download our free “Art Forms Crossword Puzzle” sample from our website to try one out.

By eslfungames

Linking Words

Nice way to practise Link Words. 5 exercises (1ST - GAP FILLING, 2ND GAP FILLING, 3RD GAP FILLING, 4TH JOINING PAIR OF SENTENCES, 5TH GAP FILLING).Key included
By Olynj

Word lists on opinion and statements and on linking arguments

Very detailed word lists on opinion and statements and on linking arguments.
By Teacherfantastico

Master discursive and opinion essays

EAL/ESL Discursive Writing Unit - Kensuke's Kingdom

Aims of the Unit: To develop key language skills required to write an effective discursive text.

Deconstructing a model essay and noticing how language works within the text and how the text is organised.

Planning and writing an independent discursive essay and ensuring that key organisational and language features are included.
By Lee McKernan

Deconstructing the Opinion Essay

This document is a simple activity worksheet that helps students realize the components of an Opinion Essay through the process of deconstruction. Teachers may teach the material by introducing the structure of an Opinion Essay first. They may then ask the students to read the essay before accomplishing the reading outline provided.
Keywords: Opinion Essay, outline, deconstruction, essay writing, thesis statement, introduction, body, conclusion
By glyn_0366

Discursive Essay Based on Kensuke's Kingdom

A mini-unit of work which includes the deconstruction of a model text, group discussions and an independent writing task to raise awareness of overall structure and salient language features within a discursive essay. The resources were originally developed within a high-achieving, multilingual international school and were aimed predominantly at English language learners in order to develop genre-based writing skills. However, the structured approach has also proven to be effective for 1st language English students who are developing awareness of academic literacy skills. To be used in conjunction with the novel Kensuke's Kingdom include a PowerPoint presentation and related activities within a Word document.
By Lee McKernan

PERSUASIVE/OPINION WRITING: INTERACTIVE NOTEBOOK

Scaffold the structural components of a Persuasive Essay with this comprehensive pack of interactive notebook templates, posters, anchor charts, and graphic organisers.

FOCUS OF SCAFFOLDED LESSONS ON:
* Lesson activities feature the sample text, ‘Fast Food’.
1.The Introduction: hook, opinion, thesis statement
2.Five types of hooks: a strong statement, a scene, a rhetorical question, a definition, and a quotation.
3.The Body Paragraphs: topic sentence (reason), supporting details, concluding sentence
4.The Conclusion: summary statement, re-statement of reasons, call to action

SUPPLEMENTARY RESOURCES
1.Graphic organisers on the introduction, body and conclusion (can be used with other topics).
2.6 persuasive writing prompt cards (colour and blackline).
3.Self-editing checklist
4.Peer-editing checklist
5.Teacher Marking Rubric
6.Lined sheets
7.Flipbook (editable) to scaffold structure (maybe used as draft for editing and revising).
8.Posters/Anchor charts on the parts of a Persuasive Essay and persuasive language.
9.Links to four interesting topics for students to gain content knowledge prior to writing their own persuasive essays.

Brief Overview of Nature of Work: The Introduction, Body and Conclusion
THE INTRODUCTION:
Students will read the sample text on fast food (coloured posters) and note the parts of the Introduction. They will also read the sample texts for the five different ways to begin an persuasive essay: a strong statement, a scene, a rhetorical question, a definition, and a quotation.
Students will colour-code the parts of the introduction in the five sample texts (interactive notebook templates). Students will then practise writing the five ways of beginning an introduction. They will use a graphic organiser to plan their thesis (interactive notebook templates).

THE BODY:
Students will read the sample text on fast food (coloured posters) and note the parts of the body: a topic sentence encompassing the reason, supporting details and a concluding sentence. Students will colour-code the parts of the body in the sample text (interactive notebook templates). Students will then practise writing the first body paragraph. They will use a graphic organiser to plan their writing (interactive notebook templates).

THE CONCLUSION
Students will read the sample conclusion on fast food (coloured poster) and note the parts of the conclusion: a summary statement, re-statement of reasons, call to action. Students will colour-code the parts of the conclusion in the sample text (interactive notebook template). Students will then practise writing the conclusion. They will use a graphic organiser to plan their writing (interactive notebook templates).
By Laurane Rae

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