Teacher! Easy Writing Activities for ELL Classes

Every teacher needs easy writing activities that don’t require feedback. Here are two easy ones. They work well anytime you want to inject some fun into the writing class.

Personification Puzzles

Easy writing activity introduction

This ESL writing activity helps students learn to use personification. The entire activity, including parts 1 and 2, takes about 30-60 minutes.

Part 1 

Show the slide show. It explains personification and provides plenty of examples. The end of the slide show includes several examples of Who Am I riddles with personification.

Next, ask the students to write 2-3 of their own Who Am I riddles. Their riddles must incorporate personification.

If students prefer, work in pairs or small groups.

Need more examples of personification? This site has plenty of easy to understand sentences that use personaification.
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A walk in the woods

Part 2

This is an extension activity, and teachers have 2 choices.

Run a jigsaw. Students circulate around the room and read their puzzles to others. Others have to guess the thing.

Each student talks to 3-5 other people.

The jigsaw takes about 10-15 minutes.

The second option is to have students present at the front of the class individually. This takes more time but is a good technique for mixing writing with other skills.

What a confidence builder to stand in front and read your own writing!


The Four Elements of this easy writing activity


This 20-minute activity is based on a common framework.

  • First, teacher gives students a group of nouns.
  • Second, students write a few descriptive sentences for each noun.
  • Finally, she teacher reveals a code. The code explores each student’s character by interpreting the meaning in the writing.

This version works along that common template.

Pair Work

The attached slide includes task instructions. They’re pretty simple.

Add a pair work component to transform a solitary writing exercise into a multi-skill language activity.

  • First, students work in pairs to write descriptions for 4 nouns.
  • Then, show the code interpretations.
  • Then, students jigsaw and talk to 2-5 other people.
  • Finally, students read their short stories. Listening students check the meaning and ask, “Is that you?”

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4 thoughts on “Teacher! Easy Writing Activities for ELL Classes”

  1. Very useful for next week’s back to school classes. I double-took at first when I saw the title ‘Easy Writing Activities and then:
    1. Are you putting off writing your will?

    Sometimes the ads are quite intrusive!

  2. Hey there! Thanks for sharing, this is so awesome! I will definitely be using this in my class.

    Is there any way to share the Personification Puzzle Google Slides to my Google Classroom or to another Google Slide presentation?


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