Week 3: ESL Writing

Here are some worksheets that my ESL students need to print for the English writing class.


  1. This ESL writing worksheet teaches English students how to write a paragraph with different sentence styles.
  2. This ESL writing editing worksheet helps students learn writing by finding and correcting mistakes.


In class, I wrote two lines from a poem on the board. I asked you to think about that poem. I changed a couple of words (to make it a little easier to understand) but the meaning was the same.

Here is the poem.


HAD I the heavens’ embroidered cloths,

Enwrought with golden and silver light,

The blue and the dim and the dark cloths

Of night and light and the half light,

I would spread the cloths under your feet:

But I, being poor, have only my dreams;

I have spread my dreams under your feet;

Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

W.B. Yeats (1865–1939)

“He Wishes For the Cloths of Heaven”

1. What do you think is the meaning of the poem?

2. In our ESL writing class (which is about writing sentences and paragraphs), what can we learn from this poem?



There are many kinds of topic sentences.

Here are two examples:

  1. I like pizza.
  2. Traveling around the word is fun.

These are simple sentences. But, we are learning to write something different. We are learning to write a thesis sentence as the first sentence.

Here is an example:

  1. Three things that would make me happy are a dream job, a good husband and a teaching job.

This sentence is good because it has the idea plus three reasons or examples.


Many people said “trip around the world.”

Should be “travel around the world.”


Please do this:

  1. use a CAPITAL letter to start each sentence
  2. Indent the first sentence of each paragraph.


This is very important when you write a sentence. Parallel structure is really important for the topic sentence.

Parallel means equal or the same kind.

Parallel structure is useful when you write a sentence with a list of things. You need to make sure these things have the same grammar style.

Here are two examples of poor bad parallel structure.

Three things that would make me happy are flying in the sky without any devices, a trip around the whole world and helping many poor people.

Three things that would make me happy are a life with my parents, have a job and a trip to Latin America.

How can we fix these sentences to make them beautiful with parallel structure?

Here is a writing worksheet to help my ESL students learn English parallel structure.

While and During

Part 1 Key Words

“While” is used with a subject and a verb.

  • While I was playing with my dog, my sister was doing her homework.

“During” is used with a noun/pronoun

  • I am really busy during the week.

Part 2 Fill in the Blanks

  1. She fell asleep __________ the class.
  2. We stayed at home _________ the typhoon.
  3. Someone stole my Smartphone _________ we were buying some food at the spicy rice cake cart.
  4. The student club members were singing _______________ I was teaching.
  5. Brown bears sleep _________________ the winter.
  6. _______________ the break, I was talking with my friends.
  7. The high school girls were talking _______________ my cousin was matching the movie.
  8. I ate my sandwich ___________ I was playing at break time.
  9. I ate an apple ____________ the break.
  10. ____________ we ate dinner, the radio played.

Part B Book Pictures

  1. While I was playing with my dog, my sister was doing her homework.
  2. While I played with my dog, my sister did her homework.
  3. While we were eating dinner, the radio was playing.
  4. During dinner, my brother watched.


This writing worksheet helps ESL students learn how to write thesis sentences.


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