Generally, it is best to introduce students to the traditional 5-paragraph essay structure: Keeping a visual of this structure will allow students to see the whole picture so they are aware of what they are working towards while writing an essay.
Your students need the feedback of their peers to develop strong writing and feel part of the writing community. (See the peer response minilesson.) Hold brief (2- to 3-minute) conferences with students as needed during independent writing time.
During these conferences, don’t act as a fixer but rather as someone who listens and suggests and offers next steps.
This is a great way to help take the pressure away from ESL students when it comes to writing.
Be encouraging while making sure to keep the activity lighthearted and fun.
Teaching ESL students the fundamentals of essay writing can be a very challenging process.
Essay Writing Workshop Activities
This lesson will go over some valuable activities to use in the classroom to help make essay writing a little more fun and a lot easier to understand.You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree.Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.The following activities can be used in the ESL classroom to help students better understand the essay writing process.Make changes as needed to best match students' English and writing ability.Complete the form below to request one of the workshops on our in-class writing workshops list.You also have the option of scheduling a brief in-class Writing Studio introduction via a separate request form.(See writing topics.) On any given day, some students may be researching a topic; others may be drafting or revising; and still others may have finished one piece of work and started on another.As workshop manager, your job is to make sure that everyone is gainfully working on a project.Help your students work side by side, learning from each other in much the same way that artists do in studios or cooks do in the kitchen.Provide spaces for individual work and spaces for small-group work.