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Activity Description

The online writing worksheets at this site are 26 ready-to-download and print writing prompts on a variety of topics of interest: Learning Language, Marriage, Pets, Television, etc. The worksheets are simply writing prompts consisting of a few descriptive sentences and then some questions to be answered. Teachers can download the worksheets, print them out, and use them with students. Permission is granted for non-commercial uses.

Here is a typical prompt:

Title: UFOs
"The Earth can sure look and feel big, but the fact is it is unbelievably small. Maybe this is why many people believe in UFOs. Do you think there is something else out there? Or is it just in our imagination? ...Write what you think about UFOs."


  • View the various worksheet topics and judge suitability for your class.
  • Connect the writing activity to your course objectives (a grammar structure, verb tense, theme/topic).
  • Give clear instructions about expectations (number of sentences, etc.).
  • Make sure the site is not blocked at your site.


  • Pass out and discuss the topic in class and assign the writing activity.
  • When the students have completed the writing assignment, collect the papers and pass them out to someone else to read.
  • Discuss the pros and cons of various viewpoints.

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  • The Web site suggests that you may have to adjust your printer settings if they do not print out correctly. Visit this page for help printing.

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The topics can be used as conversation prompts instead of writing prompts.


  • Intermediate Low
  • Intermediate High
  • Advanced


Basic Communication

  • (2.7) Understand aspects of society and culture

Basic Communication

  • (7.2) Demonstrate ability to use critical thinking skills
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OTAN activities are funded by contract CN200091-A2 from the Adult Education Office, in the Career & College Transition Division, California Department of Education, with funds provided through Federal P.L., 105-220, Section 223. However, OTAN content does not necessarily reflect the position of that department or the U.S. Department of Education.