Academic Writing Exercises

"Academic Writing Exercises" by Timothy Krause, Portland Community College is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0, 2018.
This project was funded in part by a grant from
Open Oregon Educational Resources.

This is a collection of interactive Google Forms to complement a series of instructional videos by Shaun Macleod and Mark Roberts of SmrtEnglish. Each exercise includes a short video along with original, self-grading comprehension questions and analysis of contextual grammar examples designed for upper-level writing students of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). When you click on a link below, you will be prompted to save a copy of the form to your own Google Drive. This allows you to edit the form as you wish and ensures that the data you collect from your students go to your computer. (TIP: To make it easier to navigate back to this page, right-click on the link and choose “open in a new tab” or “open in a new window”). If you have questions or feedback, please feel free to contact me at timothy.krause@pcc.edu.

Combining Sentences (Parts 1 and 2)

Some material in this exercise has been adapted from "Martin Luther King, Jr." and  "Susan B. Anthony" by Wikipedia, licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

Subject-Verb Agreement

Some material in this exercise has been adapted from United States Bill of Rights, by Wikipedia, licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

Sentence Fragments

Some material in this exercise has been adapted from Cesar Chavez by Wikipedia, licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

Passive Sentences

Comma Splices and Run-ons

Some material in this exercise has been adapted from Albert Einstein by Wikipedia, licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

Paragraph Structure

Basic Essay Structure

Some material in this exercise has been adapted from Harvey Milk by Wikipedia, licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

Comparison-Contrast Essays

Process Essays

Some material in this exercise has been adapted from Paper Recycling  by Wikipedia, licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

Formal Writing

Some material in this exercise has been adapted from Gun Violence by the Numbers by Everytown