Writing to the Standards
This is a resource for teaching writing to English-language
learners. It is correlated to the Arizona Department of Education
standards for Adult Educators. These resources are meant to
complement classroom instruction.
Beginning #1&2: “traces letters
You can print them for use in class.
This website gives free tracing paper:
Met #4: “Fills out simple forms with
complete personal info.”
Or print one from the Literacy test.
Met #5: “Often applies letter-sound
relationships to spell simple (CVC) words.” Use the keyboard
printout for letters and spelling easy words, like dad and sad,
glad, had, etc.
Approaching #1: “Creates simple sentences
with guidance. Click on Self-introduction
Computer assisted sentence production: self-introduction. Also
food and drink, writing a quick letter, favorites, daily schedule,
a story. Multiple choice exercise based on a picture. Students
can print of their completed story.
Met #1: “Writes simple phrases and sentences,
3 to 5 words long, on familiar topics eg. Describing people,
Go to FBI’s
Print off one. Vital statistics are in note form. Together make
simple sentences eg. He is
6ft.4ins tall. He has brown eyes. Then give other Most Wanted
printouts to groups and have them do same thing.
Met #2: “Writes notes of one or two
sentences long to convey a personal message.” Use Literacy
test even though you have to write more sentences for test.
Met #4: “Fills out simple applications
up to 15 items.” Simple
Print this one off. You can begin to fill out applications for
employment; you don’t have to do all of it. There’s
also one you can do online.
Met #5: “Writes checks.” Practice
Also addressing envelopes:
If no access to computers, use the literacy test and an OHP.
Met #6: “Spelling rules eg. Capitalization”
Go to: Capitalization
for capitalization practice.Click on 'Terrible Teacher' then
'capitalization.' You can do online or print. There are lots
of punctuation exercises here.
Met #1: “Writes texts comprised of several
simple sentences…” For some great ideas for writing
fun click on writing
activities - poems, writing generators, chain letters,
ice breakers, etc.
For a clear, simple explanation of how sentences are constructed
Step-by-step guide to building
Met #2: “Appropriately uses graphic
organizers to organize writings, with some guidance eg. Mind
maps. This website gives the steps for creating a mind
More graphic organisers
Met #3: Independently uses an illustrated
Learning has lots of stuff that students could use online
or you could print out, cut up and have students match pictures
with words and then put them in alphabetical order.
Met #4 : “Writes a short, friendly letter
or note to convey a personal message.”
You can practice the notes for the literacy test here. Maybe
do a progressive cloze exercise where, after writing a note
together, you delete certain words in the first exercise, then
more words, then more words, until there are only a few words
to cue the writer. Students hide the note each time and only
peek if they get desperate. As they work through the progressive
cloze, students are writing the same information repeatedly,
and thus hopefully retaining it, but in a way that doesn’t
bore them to tears!
Another possible activity is to write a sample of each of
the four notes and then make note soup by mixing them all together.
Groups are assigned one of the notes to unravel from the soup
and put the sentences in a logical sequence. They then become
the experts on their note and dictate it to the rest of the
Yet another activity is to stick an example of each of the
four notes in the four corners of the classroom. Pair students
– a runner and a writer – and assign them a note.
The runner has to first find his/her note then dictate it to
his/her writer by running back and forth between the note and
the writer. Students love doing this! Then a volunteer writes
his/her note on the board for the rest of the class who didn’t
have this note to copy.
Make up a crossword
using vocabulary from the notes.
Make up a concentration game by splitting up phrases like: Thank
you……very much; I’m very sorry....but, etc.
Met #4: “Write a short, friendly note.”
Send an electronic
Or create postcards from students’ hometowns and send
them to other students in the class.
Met #5: “Takes phone messages with detailed
Click on Bogglesworld.
Great taking messages activities.
Or borrow the forms that the front desk uses to take phone
messages and practice.
Met #6: “Fills out applications forms”
You can complete the employment
application from Level 1 #4. (scroll down to the bottom.)
Met #7: “Applies spelling and punctuation
rules related to the grammar and mechanics of this level eg.
comparative and superlative.”
Read about sharks
(scroll down to shark extremes) and do a worksheet
from the Splendid Web. You can do this online or print it off.
practice. Comparative and superlative.
Met #8: “Writes multi-step directions.”
Take something like a blender to class in bits and show and
tell students how to put it together, using "must, have
to" and "should." Then have groups write the
instructions you have told them and then read these instructions
to a volunteer, who puts the blender back together again. You
could also do this with tying shoe laces. You may have a student
who is willing to show the class how to jump start a car or
change a tire. You could also have students describe the registration
and testing process to get into classes.
Met #1: “Writes texts of up to 2 paragraphs.”
Get help online, writing paragraphs step by step: Paragraph
See some really weird inventions and print off a few for students
to write paragraphs summarizing them.
Met #4: “Writes short, detailed letters………asking
for assistance.” The letter asking your landlord to fix
a problem in your apartment fits in here ( green literacy test.)
but make it longer and more detailed.
More help writing detailed letters:
Over 500 sample business
Met #5: “Takes detailed messages.”
Read about memo writing and do the exercise – can print
Met #7: “Spells irregular verb forms
verbs. Printable irreg. Verb drills and flash cards.
Met #1: “Writes texts of up to 4 paragraphs……”
Guided essay writing – 3 paragraphs and a conclusion.
Scroll down to "Common
errors from student compositions" for some practice.
Met #5: “Summarizes and conveys info.
from chart.” Click on graphs
and charts There are pie, bar graphs etc. on fairly interesting
topics that students can give written summaries of. Then students
could create a graph with info. from students in the class and
write a summary.
Met. #2: “Writes 5 paragraph essays…”
zone This website is loaded with controversial stuff. Students
could write essays, giving their opinions. Also click on Robert
Frost This a study of The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost
and how it might apply to students. The students are supposed
to write a skit but they could write an essay as well about
how the poem might apply to their lives.
Also go to Dilemmas
These are ESL student dilemmas that your students can respond
to in essay form.
Met #3. Writes chronological and functional
resumes. Click on Resume
Writing. Use the info. and tips to write your own resume,
or a fictional resume.
Here are many more Writing