Generate Writing Ideas


Use Graphic Organizers to Plan Writing

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

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

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

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

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

Write Formal and Informal Letters

Writing a Friendly Letter

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."


Poetry Idea Engine

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 Informational Reports

News Writing 

Spell High-Frequency Words

Alien Scavenger Hunt - Letter Bugs

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

Using Punctuation

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


 Past, Present, and Future Verb Tenses

Quotation Marks, Commas, Apostrophes

Commas in a Series

Subject/Verb Agreement

Noun/Pronouns Agreement

An interactive website to teach and practice pronouns.

Possessive Nouns and Pronouns

Use Conjunctions

Use Correct Punctuation

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