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Sample Essay: "My Hobby"

This sample essay can be referred to by students when writing their own essays about their hobbies.

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Sample Essay – ‘My Hobby’

 

 

My favorite hobby is playing drums. I spend a lot of my free time playing drums. I started learning to play drums when I was 9 years old. I played in my school’s band. When I was 12, I got a private drum teacher and started to really enjoy playing.

 

My parents bought me a drum set and I started practicing every day after school. It was very loud, but my mother never complained. I improved a lot, and playing drums has been my favorite hobby ever since.

 

Now, I play drums in a band with my friend Dan, who plays guitar. We write songs, perform, and practice twice a week. It’s still as fun as it was when I first started playing!

 

Review: There are many past tense verbs above. Underline all of the past tense verbs that you can find.

 

Circle any words that you don’t know, and look them up in a dictionary

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Writing Assignment: A Funny Story

This printable ESL worksheet helps prepare students to write an essay about a funny story.

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Prepare to Write!

 

 

Write complete sentences to answer these questions:

 

 

 

1. Think of a funny story that happened to you. Write the first sentence of your story:

 

 

 

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2. What are some past tense verbs you can use in this story? Write five past tense verbs that you can use below:

 

 

 

1. ____________________

 

 

 

2. ____________________

 

 

 

3. ____________________

 

 

 

4. ____________________

 

 

 

5. ____________________

 

 

 

 

 

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On the next page, write about a funny story that happened to you.

 

 

 

In your essay, include the following:

 

· Quotations (“___”)

 

· Indents

 

A Funny Story

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Sentence Pattern: "Start/Stop Verb+ing

In this ESL writing lesson, students are introduced to the sentence pattern "start/stop verb+ing".

 

Sentence Pattern

 

start/stop verb+ing

 

· When you put a verb after start, begin, stop, finish, or quit,

you must add “-ing”

 

 

start (started)

begin (began)

stop (stopped)

finish (finished)

quit (quit)

verb+ing

 

 

 

Examples:

I started studying English in 3rd grade.

I finished writing my homework at 11:00 last night.

My father quit smoking because it is unhealthy.

We began dating when we met last year.

 

 

 

Write your own sentences, using the sentence pattern above:

 

 

1. ______________________________________________________

 

 

2. ______________________________________________________

 

 

3. ______________________________________________________

 

 

4. ______________________________________________________

 

 

5. ______________________________________________________

 

 

 

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Sample Essay: "My Hobby"

In this ESL writing lesson, students are presented with a sample essay, "My Hobby". After reading this essay, students can try to write their own essay about their hobby.

 

Sample Essay – ‘My Hobby’

 

My favorite hobby is playing drums. I spend a lot of my free time playing drums. I started learning to play drums when I was 9 years old. I played in my school’s band. When I was 12, I got a private drum teacher and started to really enjoy playing.

 

 

My parents bought me a drum set and I started practicing every day after school. It was very loud, but my mother never complained. I improved a lot, and playing drums has been my favorite hobby ever since.

 

 

Now, I play drums in a band with my friend Dan, who plays guitar. We write songs, perform, and practice twice a week. It’s still as fun as it was when I first started playing!

 

 

Review:  There are many past tense verbs above. Underline all of the past tense verbs that you can find.

 

 

Circle any words that you don’t know, and look them up in a dictionary

 

 

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Grammar: Past Tense

In this ESL writing exercise, students are introduced to the past tense, and they can practice writing sentences using the past tense.

 

Grammar

 

Past Tense

 

· When you talk about something that happened before now, you change the verb to past tense.

 

Verb

Past Tense Verb

 

 

Verb

 

Past Tense Verb

watch

play

help

start

finish

watched

played

helped

started

finished

 

go

eat

see

have

sit

went

ate

saw

had

sat

 

 

Examples:

We played basketball for two hours yesterday.

(“Yesterday” is before now.)

 

Jane had a birthday party last month.

(“Last month” is before now.)

 

My mother went to Japan three days ago.

(“Three days ago” is before now.)

 

 

Write your own past tense sentences:

 

 

1. ________________________________________________________

 

 

2. ________________________________________________________

 

 

3. ________________________________________________________

 

 

4. ________________________________________________________

 

 

5. ________________________________________________________

 

 

 

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