Model Text, Creative, and Other Writing Activities and Lesson Plans

I am continuing to look into improving writing lessons and writing development for EFL learners. This collection of writing activities includes creative writing, comic book style writing, model text anaylisis writing, and writing with picture prompts. These activities are appropriate for a variety of ages and levels of ability in EFL/ESL study. Truly, the depth and complexity of the writing is limited only by the learners ability. Hopefully these will prove useful to many teachers. I plan to continue to develop additional worksheets so check back often for more.

  • Creative Writing Worksheets These are creative writing worksheets designed to help young learners or beginning EFL/ESL learners with writing short creative stories. Worksheets include picture prompts and language scaffolding in boxes that are easy to see on the page. This are great as warm up exercises, homework exercises, or as filling material for after an exam or group ...
  • Draw the Comic This is a comic book drawing activity for beginning EFL/ESL learners. This activity lets students demonstrate reading comprehension while applying creative thinking and reasoning skills. A text is provided for students, but the pictures are missing. Students work together to create and illustrate the story. This activity can be followed with an activity where students ...
  • Comic Books Conversations These are conversation practice worksheets designed for all levels of EFL/ESL learner. The worksheets use a comic book style presentation to help students think about dialogue interactions and patterns. Generally I would have two students or a group of four create the conversation based on the story the pictures are telling. Once finished students create questions ...
  • Good Bad Writing Sample Advanced Foundation This activity is designed for advanced EFL/ESL learners. This activity helps students understand the process of assessment by the teacher by placing students in the role of the teacher. This activity also helps students understand and use a grading rubric to assess student performance in the classroom. I consider this material part of my foundation collection, ...
  • Creative Writing Conversations Beginners These are basic conversation writing and speaking worksheets that can be used with young learners or beginning EFL/ESL students to practice creating and performing conversations. These worksheets do not contain any language elements, just pictures. This makes the worksheets very adaptable to various teaching content. The learners will be required to demonstrate knowledge of conversational flow ...
  • Creating An Essay with Two Sides of the Argument This is a lesson from a recent class I taught. It’s based on New Advanced Headway 3 and includes the materials that I adapted from the series. This is a writing lesson, which includes the writing lesson plan, to help upper intermediate level learners construct an essay that presents to sides to an argument. This writing ...
  • General Writing Bubble Organizer Here is a bubble organizer for brainstorming ideas related to a topic before writing. This is a general organizer that can be used with any topic introduced by the teacher. This is a perfect writing organizers for any learner who is interested in writing, include EFL/ESL learners at a number of levels. This organizer would ...
  • Idea Square My Family Writing Here is an idea square organizer for writing on the topic of my family. The idea square is used as a brainstorming tool as a pre-writing task to help EFL/ESL learners organize their ideas. To use the writing square have students think about the family members that are presented in each corner. Ask students to ...
  • Describe Room List Organizer Writing Activity Here is an list style organizer for writing a descriptive paragraph about the the room of a student. The list is used as a brainstorming tool and a pre-writing task to help EFL/ESL learners organize their ideas. This list helps learner think about what they need to write about in the room and adjectives ...
  • My Holiday Webbing Bubble Writing Here is a webbing bubble organizer for brainstorming ideas related to a topic before writing. This writing worksheet is prepared for writing and organizing ideas about a previous holiday vacation trip. Students begin by brainstorming ideas and using the webbing to organize. This is followed by writing a paragraph using the details from the organizers. ...
  • Creative Writing Holiday Story with Bubble Organize This is a creative writing holiday prompt organizer for beginner or intermediate EFL/ESL learner, or any learner who is working on improving writing. The worksheet is constructed with some basic word prompts to assist with spelling and provide additional scaffolding. The worksheet is structured to follow basic process writing with a think, brainstorm and organize, ...
  • Creative Writing Worksheets with Bubble Organizer and Scaffolding These are creative writing prompts with an organizer for beginner or intermediate EFL/ESL learner, or any learner who is working on improving writing. The worksheets are constructed with some basic word prompts to assist with spelling and provide additional scaffolding. The worksheets are structured to follow basic process writing with a think, brainstorm and organize, then ...
  • Holiday Present Descriptive Writing Happy Holidays everyone. To help you through the holidays and the end of the year planning, here is a writing worksheet designed to help learners organize for a descriptive writing paragraph. The topic is holiday oriented. EFL/ESL learners are prompted to think about the types of holiday presents they have recieved and then to choose ...
  • Narrative Writing Lesson Plan for Intermediate Learners This lesson plan with model texts is designed to help learners plan for and write the ending for a story based on writing prompt. This lesson begins with a board splash and uses reading process steps to analyze a model text to determine how language is used to make writing more interesting for learners. This writing ...
  • Write a Movie Review with Model Text and Procedure I just finished a great teacher training in the city of Daegu with some really great teachers. One in particular, Jerry Park, put together a really nice lesson using an authentic model text to teach learners how to write a movie review of their own. This lesson has a great, natural, context, is relevant to learners, ...
  • Pop Culture Hero Model Text Essay Writing I’m still working on providing writing worksheets that will help students structure an essay or short writing piece using model text analysis to help examine and understanding the required elements for a complete writing. This process lesson looks at a short non-fiction essay about a current pop culture hero or icon. This could easily build to ...
  • Research Essay with Model Text Analysis Birthday Candles Here is another model text analysis worksheet designed for EFL/ESL students who are also working on developing writing skills. This process lesson looks at a short research based essay that presents information in a historical timeline perspective. In the essay learners begin to look at how to present information about changes in specific items over a ...
  • Report Writing with Sources Amazon Rainforest Model Text I’m still working to create these model text analysis worksheet designed for EFL/ESL students who are also working on developing writing skills. This process lesson looks at a short report style writing that uses information from sources. In the report learners can explore how information from sources can be organized to present information about a specific ...
  • Valentine’s Day Creative Writing with Process Writing Procedure Do you want to work with your students and explain some of the tradition around Valentine’s Day? To help you through with this late winter planning ┬áhere is a writing worksheet designed to help learners organize for a descriptive writing paragraph. The topics are all about Valentine’s day using a picture prompt to help create ...
  • Valentine’s Day Creative Writing Worksheets with Writing Process Plan Intermediate Do you want to work with your students and explain some of the tradition around Valentine’s Day? To help you through with this late winter planning ┬áhere is a writing worksheet designed to help learners organize for a descriptive writing paragraph. The topics are all about Valentine’s day using a picture prompt to help create ...
  • Creative Writing Worksheets with Picture Prompts and Lesson Plan Procedure I developed these creative writing worksheets a while ago. These do not include a bubble organizers, but still work well with the writing process plan when done well. I’d recommend having your learners choose one picture or the other, or if they want a challenge they could do both pictures. A couple of set ups include: Write ...
  • Music Video Prompt: Gotye Somebody That I Used To Know I do a lot of work presenting on how to use music and how to use videos in the classroom. One area where we tend to struggle with videos is that the process becomes passive where students only watch the video without any interaction. In an EFL/ESL classroom this is a real struggle as it ...
  • Creative Writing: My Dreams of Being a Hero I developed these creative writing worksheets a while ago. These do not include a bubble organizers, but still work well with the writing process plan when done well. I’d recommend having your learners choose one picture or the other, or if they want a challenge they could do both pictures. A couple of set ups include: Write ...
  • Video Prompt: Gopher Broke I do a lot of work presenting on how to use videos in the classroom. One area where we tend to struggle with videos is that the process becomes passive where students only watch the video without any interaction. In an EFL/ESL classroom this is a real struggle as it limits the ability for learners ...
  • Video Prompt: Writing Two Frogs I do a lot of work presenting on how to use videos in the classroom. One area where we tend to struggle with videos is that the process becomes passive where students only watch the video without any interaction. In an EFL/ESL classroom this is a real struggle as it limits the ability for learners ...
  • Creative Writing: Comic Worship I developed these creative writing worksheets a while ago. These do not include a bubble organizers, but still work well with the writing process plan when done well. I’d recommend having your learners choose one picture or the other, or if they want a challenge they could do both pictures. A couple of set ups include: Write ...
  • Video Prompt: In the Rough Writing Lesson I do a lot of work presenting on how to use videos in the classroom. One area where we tend to struggle with videos is that the process becomes passive where students only watch the video without any interaction. In an EFL/ESL classroom this is a real struggle as it limits the ability for learners ...
  • Video Prompt: Ryan vs Dorkman I do a lot of work presenting on how to use videos in the classroom. One area where we tend to struggle with videos is that the process becomes passive where students only watch the video without any interaction. In an EFL/ESL classroom this is a real struggle as it limits the ability for learners ...
  • Creative Writing: Alien Invasion I developed these creative writing worksheets a while ago. These do not include a bubble organizers, but still work well with the writing process plan when done well. I’d recommend having your learners choose one picture or the other, or if they want a challenge they could do both pictures. A couple of set ups include: Write ...
  • Music Video Prompt: One More Time I do a lot of work presenting on how to use music and how to use videos in the classroom. One area where we tend to struggle with videos is that the process becomes passive where students only watch the video without any interaction. In an EFL/ESL classroom this is a real struggle as it ...
  • Creative Writing: Birthday Party I developed these creative writing worksheets a while ago. These do not include a bubble organizers, but still work well with the writing process plan when done well. I’d recommend having your learners choose one picture or the other, or if they want a challenge they could do both pictures. A couple of set ups include: Write ...
  • Video Prompt: Aha Take On Me I do a lot of work presenting on how to use music and how to use videos in the classroom. One area where we tend to struggle with videos is that the process becomes passive where students only watch the video without any interaction. In an EFL/ESL classroom this is a real struggle as it ...
  • Music Video Writing Prompt: More Than Words I do a lot of work presenting on how to use music and how to use videos in the classroom. One area where we tend to struggle with videos is that the process becomes passive where students only watch the video without any interaction. In an EFL/ESL classroom this is a real struggle as it ...
  • Video Prompt: The Hungry Pigeons I do a lot of work presenting on how to use videos in the classroom. One area where we tend to struggle with videos is that the process becomes passive where students only watch the video without any interaction. In an EFL/ESL classroom this is a real struggle as it limits the ability for learners ...
  • Video Prompt: The Robot’s Smile I do a lot of work presenting on how to use videos in the classroom. One area where we tend to struggle with videos is that the process becomes passive where students only watch the video without any interaction. In an EFL/ESL classroom this is a real struggle as it limits the ability for learners ...
  • Video Prompt: Fishing with Sam I do a lot of work presenting on how to use videos in the classroom. One area where we tend to struggle with videos is that the process becomes passive where students only watch the video without any interaction. In an EFL/ESL classroom this is a real struggle as it limits the ability for learners ...
  • Video Prompt: A Tragedy over Soup I do a lot of work presenting on how to use videos in the classroom. One area where we tend to struggle with videos is that the process becomes passive where students only watch the video without any interaction. In an EFL/ESL classroom this is a real struggle as it limits the ability for learners ...
  • Video Prompt: The Defective Robot I do a lot of work presenting on how to use videos in the classroom. One area where we tend to struggle with videos is that the process becomes passive where students only watch the video without any interaction. In an EFL/ESL classroom this is a real struggle as it limits the ability for learners ...
  • Video Prompt: Medusa’s Reflection I do a lot of work presenting on how to use videos in the classroom. One area where we tend to struggle with videos is that the process becomes passive where students only watch the video without any interaction. In an EFL/ESL classroom this is a real struggle as it limits the ability for learners ...
  • Video Prompt: An Act of Kindness I do a lot of work presenting on how to use videos in the classroom. One area where we tend to struggle with videos is that the process becomes passive where students only watch the video without any interaction. In an EFL/ESL classroom this is a real struggle as it limits the ability for learners ...
  • Video Prompt: Hold the Line, Of Friendship and War I do a lot of work presenting on how to use videos in the classroom. One area where we tend to struggle with videos is that the process becomes passive where students only watch the video without any interaction. In an EFL/ESL classroom this is a real struggle as it limits the ability for learners ...
  • Video Prompt: The Bully: Dealing with Bullying I do a lot of work presenting on how to use videos in the classroom. One area where we tend to struggle with videos is that the process becomes passive where students only watch the video without any interaction. In an EFL/ESL classroom this is a real struggle as it limits the ability for learners ...
  • Video Prompt: The Devil Vs The Angel I do a lot of work presenting on how to use videos in the classroom. One area where we tend to struggle with videos is that the process becomes passive where students only watch the video without any interaction. In an EFL/ESL classroom this is a real struggle as it limits the ability for learners ...
  • Video Prompt: The Adventures of Bicho I do a lot of work presenting on how to use videos in the classroom. One area where we tend to struggle with videos is that the process becomes passive where students only watch the video without any interaction. In an EFL/ESL classroom this is a real struggle as it limits the ability for learners ...
  • Weekend Plans Writing Consensus Activity I was thinking about teaching writing this weekend, specifically writing in interaction. While as teachers we spend a lot of time on productive writing (writing a paragraph, writing an essay, writing a story) or writing to learn (taking notes, finishing something, writing to remember) we often leave writing to interact left untouched. Outside of letter ...