Discussion Essays Worksheets

Introduction to Discussion Essays

EAP Discussion Essays Worksheet - Writing Exercises: Previewing a Model Essay Structure, Identifying Essay Features, Creating a Basic Outline, Writing an Essay, Peer Feedback - Upper-intermediate (B2) - 90 minutes

In this discussion essays worksheet, students are introduced to discussion essay structure and attempt a discussion essay writing practice. First, students read a brief description of discussion essays and preview an outline of an example discussion essay structure. Next, students read a discussion essay and underline and label the parts of the essay that show the essay structure. After that, students read a discussion essay question and create a basic outline to assist them in writing a structured discussion essay. Students then write a complete essay using a list of suggestions to help ensure they include the important essay features. Finally, students swap papers with another student, read their partner's essay and use a provided checklist to give constructive feedback, adding other comments as necessary.
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Referring to Widely Held Beliefs

EAP Discussion Essays Worksheet - Writing Exercises : Unscrambling, Writing Sentences, Writing an Outline and Essay - Speaking Activity: Brainstorming, Freer Practice - Pair Work - Upper-intermediate (B2) - 90 minutes

In this discussion essays worksheet, students practice phrases used to refer to widely held beliefs and phrases that introduce reasons for those beliefs. Students then use the phrases in an essay writing practice. Students start by unscrambling words to reveal phrases used to refer to widely held beliefs. Next, students use the phrases to write sentences that express widely held views. After that, students use the phrases provided to add follow-up sentences to what they wrote, giving reasons for the widely held beliefs. Students then move on to discuss the topic of online learning with a partner. Students think of some widely held views on the subject as well as at least one reason for each of those beliefs. Following that, students read a discussion essay question about online learning and create an essay outline. Finally, students use the outline to write a discussion essay to practice phrases that refer to widely held beliefs and phrases that introduce reasons for those beliefs.
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