Introductory Academic Essay and Paragraph Writing Exercises and Worksheets

  • Basic or elementary academic writing classes usually focus on brainstorming, outlining, writing topic and support sentences and essay structure.
  • A teacher might also teach the various forms of attention getters, some basic transitions and different kinds of essay conclusions.
  • This page contains links to some possible worksheets for these components of an introductory essay writing course.

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Graphic organizers/pre-writing ideas

11 essential exercises for elementary writing students (PDF)

Essay writing outlines

General essay outline (PDF)

Blank essay outline(word doc)

Comparison/contrast outline (pdf)

Cause/effect outline (pdf)

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Topic sentences

6 exercises for writing topic sentences

Finding & writing the main idea in paragraphs

Read the short paragraphs and select the main idea

Finding, underlining and writing the main idea

Paragraph writing terminology quiz (PDF)

Attention getters

Writing attention getters for persuasive essays (PDF)

Attention getters guide (PDF)

Writing Your Introduction: 4 styles with examples

Concluding sentences

Concluding sentences quiz (PDF)

Concluding sentences exercise (word)

Knowledge about concluding sentences quiz (PDF)

Choose the correct concluding sentences

Other resources

Transitions/linking words



Descriptive writing


Narrative essay

Process essay

Describing graphs

Writing reviews

Profile essay

Classification essay

Letter writing