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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
"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
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
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
"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
"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."
"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
Spell High-Frequency Words
Alien Scavenger Hunt - Letter Bugs
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
Use Nouns, Verbs, Adjectives Correctly
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).
Past, Present, and Future Verb Tenses
Quotation Marks, Commas, Apostrophes
Commas in a Series
An interactive website to teach and practice pronouns.
Possessive Nouns and Pronouns
Use Correct Punctuation