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11 Essential Paragraph and Essay Writing Skills Exercises and Worksheets

Elementary essay writing skills include brainstorming  and outlining, as well as the ability to write attention getters, topic and support sentences.

1 Brainstorm worksheet cluster diagram

 
  This is a  brainstorming and academic essay planning worksheet for students writing essays. The best way to get ideas for  a paragraph or essay is to brainstorm with the  aid of  a graphic organizer. Students can freely associate ideas to a topic. This  allows them to be more creative and explore any path their minds might take. Click on the image  or the link  to download the  PDF file.

Brainstorming-Worksheet-Cluster-Diagram

Brainstorming worksheet cluster diagram (PDF)

Outlining a basic paragraph

This is a paragraph outline worksheet to help students learn how to write a basic paragraph.

Paragraph writing outline template and worksheet

Paragraph outline worksheet (PDF)

Outlining an essay

This is an essay outline worksheet to help students focus on organization and planning when preparing to write essays.

Essay outline template or worksheet for writing students

Essay outline worksheet (PDF)

4 Writing main idea sentences for essays or paragraphs (with possible answers)

In this worksheet students practice writing main idea sentences by looking at the pictures, and writing an appropriate main idea sentence. They should try to express themselves freely.

 

Main idea writing practice worksheet

Main idea writing practice worksheet (PDF)

5 Understanding topic sentences

Topic sentences are essential for summarizing the main idea of an essay. This worksheet can be used to test students’ understanding of topic sentences.

Understanding topic ideas and topic sentences exercises

Understanding topic sentences exercises (PDF)

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6 Writing topic sentences for essays and paragraphs (with possible answers)

In this worksheet students practice writing topic sentences by looking at the pictures, thinking about what kind of essay each picture might inspire, and writing an appropriate topic sentence.

 

Writing topic sentences exercise for students learning to write paragraphs and essays.

Writing topic sentences exercise (PDF)

7  Writing topic sentences for paragraphs or essays (with possible answers)

Topic sentences are essential for summarizing the main idea of a paragraph. Paragraphs often have topic sentences supported by three ideas. So in this worksheet students practice writing topic sentences by looking at the pictures and trying to summarize three ideas in one topic sentence.

Writing topic sentences for paragraphs in sets of threeideas

Writing topic sentences for paragraphs or essays (PDF)

8 Attention getters (with pictures) for essays

Attention getters are essential at the beginning of a paragraph or an essay when you want to attract the reader’s attention. There are many kinds of attention getters but a few of the most common are anecdotes, quotation, provocative questions and surprising facts or statistics. Students can practice attention getters by looking at the pictures and trying to write an attention getter for each one.

 

Attention getters for writing worksheet

Writing attention getters  (PDF)

9 Attention getters comprehension exercise

This worksheet is a good way to challenge students’ knowledge of different types of attention getters.

Attention getter comprehension exercise

Writing attention getters  (PDF)

10 Kinds of attention getters writing exercise

This is another worksheet that tries to impress upon students the importance of good openings or attention getters.

Attention getter writing exercise

Writing attention getters  (PDF)

11 Understanding support sentences

This support sentence writing worksheet can be used to test students’ understanding of both topic and support sentences.

Support sentence writing exercise

Writing support sentences (PDF)

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