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Writing

Generate Writing Ideas

WritingFix Interactive Writing Prompts for Kids

This website randomly generates loads of writing prompts covering many purposes, styles, and topics. Just click on the links to get to the prompt generators. The prompts deal with color, nouns, verbs, animals, adjectives, opposites, settings, feelings, and much more. This is a fantastic site to encourage, instruct, and improve all styles of writing.

Use Graphic Organizers to Plan Writing

Plan Writing--Brainstorming, Using Lists, Webs and Venn Diagrams

Mindomo Interactive Graphic Organizer

Mindomo is a free, web-based, full-featured mind-mapping program. It runs right in your web browser with nothing to install. Just click "Try It Now" to begin. This site lets you create graphic organizers with topics, connections, labels, text notes, images, web links, and many formatting options. You can save your mind maps, print them, or export them as images. You can even let others edit your maps if you wish to collaborate. Note: You only need to sign up for a free account if you wish to save your work.
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Venn Diagram, 2 Circles

"Students may generate clear, well-formatted Venn Diagrams by naming their project and labeling Circle 1 and Circle 2, then generating concepts that can be placed on the diagram by clicking and dragging them with the mouse. Students may place the concepts in either circle or in the overlapping area, allowing them to organize their information logically. A step-by-step animated demo shows students how to type concepts and their descriptions, and how to drag and place concepts on their diagrams. Students may view and edit their draft diagrams, then print the finished diagrams for reference. This is a handy tool for classroom use that guides students through the process of organizing information in Venn diagram form."

Write a Topic Sentence, Three Details and Conclusion Sentence

Use Reference Materials

Develop Purpose and Audience for Writing

Write Compound, Complex and Simple Sentences

Use Technology to Compose Text

Kids' Magnetic Poetry

On this web site you click on a poetry kit and it brings up a Refrigerator and over 100 different magnet words that the students will use to create a magnetic poem, sentence, or story! The student can also submit their work or look at some of the already submitted examples.

Flip Book

"The Flip Book is designed to allow users to type and illustrate tabbed flip books up to ten pages long. Students and teachers can use the flip book for taking notes while reading, making picture books, collecting facts, or creating question and answer booklets. Students can choose from nine different layouts for the pages of their books. A blank flip book is available for demonstration and planning."

Reread and Check My Writing

Use Descriptive Words and Details

Descriptive Writing

This site is from Scholastic's "Writing with Writers" web site. Published author Virginia Hamilton gives a thorough step-by-step explanation of descriptive writing. Then you can write your own descriptive piece and upload it to the site for others to see. Finally, you can read all of the descriptive writing pieces that other students have submitted.

Rewrite and Illustrate My Writing

Organize My Writing with an Introduction, Body, and Closing

Rearrange My Work to Make it Clear

Proofread and Edit My Work

Power Proofreading

This site has many fun proofreading exercises for grades 2 through 8, covering many areas of writing.

Fragments Exercises at Grammar Bytes

This section from Grammar Bytes has seven interactive exercises with twenty questions in each. They all cover the topic of fragments, how to recognize them, different types of fragments, and how to fix them. The exercises use a variety of question styles and all give detailed feedback for each answer. The questions are also provided as printable handouts, so you can follow along on paper. Finally, there are four excellent "Tips" handouts that teach the rules of identifying and fixing fragments.

Write Responses Demonstrating Understanding of Text

Write a Book Review

This site is from Scholastic's "Writing with Writers" web site. Published author Rodman Philbrick gives a thorough step-by-step explanation of writing a book review. Then you can write your own book review and upload it to the site for others to see. Finally, you can read all of the book reviews that other students have submitted, organized by grade or genre.

Write Formal and Informal Letters

Writing a Friendly Letter

This web site is an online slideshow teaching about how to write a friendly letter complete with audio to read all the information to the student.

Letter Generator

"The Letter Generator tool is designed to help students learn to identify all the essential parts of a business or friendly letter, and then generate letters by typing information into letter templates. A sample letter is included, and students can learn about the parts of a letter by reading descriptions of each part. Once students have become familiar with letter formats, they are prompted to write their own letter using a simple template. Students follow the steps and fill in specific fields in the template (for example, heading, salutation, closing, signature, etc.). They may even add a decorative border and postscript to the friendly letter. The finished letter can then be previewed, edited, and printed. This useful tool provides step-by-step instructions for familiarizing users with the necessary elements of written correspondence, and can serve as an excellent practice method for composing and proofreading both formal and informal letters."

Poems

Poetry Idea Engine

Get your poetry juices flowing with the Poetry Idea Engine. Created with GoCyberCamp, this activity will teach you about and allow you to write haikus, free verse, limericks, and more!

Acrostic Poems

"In this online tool, students can learn about and write acrostic poems. An acrostic poem uses the letters in a word to begin each line of the poem. All lines of the poem relate to or describe the main topic word. In addition, as part of the online tool, students are prompted to brainstorm, write, and revise their poems, thus reinforcing elements of the writing process. Students can also print their finished acrostic poems." 

Diamante Poems

"In this online tool, students can learn about and write diamante poems, which are diamond-shaped poems that use nouns, adjectives, and gerunds to describe either one central topic or two opposing topics (for example, night/day or winter/spring). Examples of both kinds of diamante poems can be viewed online or printed out. Because diamante poems follow a specific format that uses nouns on the first and last lines, adjectives on the second and fourth lines, and gerunds in the third and fifth lines, this tool has numerous word-study applications. The tool provides definitions of the different parts of speech students use in composing the poems, reinforcing the connection between word study and writing. It also includes prompts to write and revise poems, thus reinforcing elements of the writing process. Students can print their finished diamante poems."

Write Stories

Descriptive Writing

This site is from Scholastic's "Writing with Writers" web site. Published author Virginia Hamilton gives a thorough step-by-step explanation of descriptive writing. Then you can write your own descriptive piece and upload it to the site for others to see. Finally, you can read all of the descriptive writing pieces that other students have submitted.

Write Informational Reports

News Writing with Scholastic Editors

This site is from Scholastic's "Writing with Writers" web site. "In the first part of this workshop, we will read a news article and a feature story article. Then you'll get suggestions from our experienced team of writers from Scholastic's Magazine Group on how to write your very own news article. When you're done with the workshop, you can publish your own news story online." Finally, you can read all of the news pieces that other students have submitted.

Spell High-Frequency Words

Alien Scavenger Hunt - Letter Bugs

In this cute online game, students spell words by clicking on alien bugs that have the letters on them. The words get harder in later rounds, moving from simple three-letter words, to words with blends.

Spelling at Harcourt School

This site has two types of spelling activities. In one students examine a group of words, pick out the one that is spelled incorrectly, and then spell it correctly. In the other students rearrange scrambled letters to form words. There are dozens of levels of difficulty and cute animations and sounds.

Spelling City

Spelling City is a fun educational site that can help children improve their spelling skills: contains over 25,000 words, including plurals, contractions, future and past tenses; uses a REAL human voice that says both the word and the word in a sentence; a 'Teach Me' function that spells out the word using both visual and auditory input to improve retention; teachers and parents can enter and save their own spelling lists for their students/children; students can play games with their words or any saved lists; teachers and parents can save and share their lists.

Use Resources to Check Spelling

Use Ending Punctuation

Using End Marks

This web site has students pick the correct end mark for simple sentences. Cute animations make the page more fun.

Using Punctuation - Little Red Riding Hood

This web site has the student place commas, periods, question marks, and exclamation marks in to the Little Red Riding Hood story.

Use Nouns, Verbs, Adjectives Correctly

Grammar Gorillas

This game gives the student a sentence and then has them identify a specific part of speech. There are two levels: Beginner (nouns and verbs only) and Advanced (all parts of speech).

Using Adjectives

This colorful web site explains all about adjectives. From the main page there are links to quizzes and games to apply what is learned.

The Noun Game from WritingFix for Kids

This page at WritingFix specifically deals with nouns. This website randomly generates three nouns as a writing prompt. Then the student writes a story that uses those nouns. This is a great site to encourage and improve all styles of writing.

Past, Present, and Future Verb Tenses

Quotation Marks, Commas, Apostrophes

Commas in a Series

This web site teaches about using commas in a series. Lots of examples are given and interactive quizzes are included.

Subject/Verb Agreement

Noun/Pronouns Agreement

Pronouns

An interactive website to teach and practice pronouns.

Possessive Nouns and Pronouns

Use Conjunctions

Use Correct Punctuation

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