General Teacher Support


The National Commission on Writing in American Schools and Colleges
Findings by the National Commission on Writing; what the research says

National Writing Project
"The National Writing Project (NWP) is a professional development network that serves teachers of writing at all grade levels, primary through university, and in all subjects. The mission of the NWP is to improve student achievement by improving the teaching of writing and improving learning in the nation’s schools."

GMU: Writing Across the Curriculum
George Mason University offers support for teachers to assist students in achieving the learning and writing goals set for them

6+1 Trait Writing
Find trait definitions; lesson plans; writing prompts; and research related to the 6 Traits

Writing With Writers
Authors shared their writing tips and techniques; online workshop; some audio

Welcome to the Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL)
A top resource for writing support for both instructors and students; over 200 free resources including Writing and Teaching Writing; Research; Grammar and Mechanics; Style Guides; ESL (English as a Second Language); and Job Search and Professional Writing; email tutoring

Writers’ Workshop
Tips for writing offered by Northern Illinois University

****Outta Ray’s Head-Lesson Plans on Writing****
A collection of lesson plans with handouts by Ray Saitz and many contributors; all of the lessons have been used and refined in the classroom.

Writing With Web Resources: A Hotlist

The Educator’s Reference Desk
Lesson plans, internet sites for writing

**1000 Quick Writing Ideas** (a sample list from the book by Stevan Krajnjan)

**The Gateway to Educational Materials**
A consortium effort to provide educators with quick and easy access to thousands of educational resources found on various federal, state, university, non-profit, and commercial Internet sites; Browse by subject to locate lesson plans, projects, activities

Bright Ideas for Writing
Writing ideas from Houghton Mifflin; grades 1-5

Better Book Report Ideas from Education World
25 book report ideas for students and teachers

Intel Education: Technology Literacy
Entire plan developed by Chicago Public Schools, adapted for the Intel site; opportunities for authentic research, writing, and communication; embed technology literacy in the core curriculum for students ages 11-15

Writing Prompts
Writing Fix: prompts, lessons, and resources for writing classrooms
Writing prompts, lessons, writing workshops

Can Teach-English/Language Arts
Writing prompts and journal topics


Writing Tools

Student Interactives: ReadWriteThink
Online interactive tools that help students accomplish a variety of goals—from organizing their thoughts to learning about language

Monster Exchange
Designed to encourage the development of reading and writing skills while integrating Internet technology into the classroom curriculum; Classrooms from a variety of schools worldwide are paired together

PicLits.com
PicLits.com is a creative writing site that matches images with carefully selected keywords in order to inspire you. The object is to put the right words in the right place and the right order to capture the essence, story, and meaning of the picture.


**Lightning Bug**
Writing inspirations, tips, and links for the upper elementary through high school crowd

Writing Fun
An informative, easy to navigate site which offers students the opportunity to see for themselves how graphic organizers can be helpful to the writing process; multiple examples of how to use each type of organizer, shows where this type of writing is typically used in real-life situations, and then, best of all, provides online writing prompts to guide students, step by step, through the process.

****The Brainstormer****
A fun, interactive spinner that provides a random combination of conflicts, characters, and settings; created by artist Andrew Bosley

4Teachers.org
Locate and create ready-to-use Web lessons, quizzes, rubrics and classroom calendars
Think Tank: Helps student set up topics for reports. Use alone or with NoteStar.
NoteStar: Assist students with collecting group notes and citations for papers.
Project Poster: Provide students with a tool to create and post Web pages for projects.

The Biography Maker
Jamie McKenzie helps students organize and write biographies using his online tool. According to McKenzie the Biography Maker is “meant to inspire lively story telling and vivid writing which will make your readers want to know more about your subject.”

StoryFun!
An online Madlib-style creator on a variety of topics; create a funny story; Grades 5-12

Wacky Web Tales
Geared for grades 3 and above; students complete a wacky story by filling in the parts of speech blanks

Comics Lab Extreme
Students create a personalized comic book

Make Beliefs Comix
Students create their own comic strips; promoting writing skills

**Newspaper Generator**
Allows students to create a fake newspaper article with a realistic look

Power Proofreading
Students practice writing skills by correcting grammar in these interactive games

BBC-GCSE Bitesize-English
Find activities that promote different types of writing (inform, persuade, entertain, etc.); fun videos to explain the writing process

Tools for Reading, Writing, and Thinking
Graphic organizers categorized into nearly four dozen areas; Ex. Cause & Effect; Character Study; Compare/Contrast and more

Bubbl.us
A simple and free web application that lets you brainstorm online

Education Places's Graphic Organizers
Printable graphic organizers designed to facilitate understanding of key concepts; written in both English and Spanish

Wiki Tools
As defined by Wikipedia: A wiki is software that allows users to create, edit, and link web pages easily. Wikis are often used to create collaborative websites and to power community websites.
Wikispaces
PBWiki
Wikis in Education-Wetpaint

Blogging Tools
As defined by Wikipedia: A blog (a portmanteau of web log) is a website where entries are commonly displayed in reverse chronological order
Edublogs
Class Blogmeister
Blogger


iCyte
Highlight and save text on any webpage; can save sections of webpages or the whole thing; invite colleagues and friends to join your projects

Visuwords
Online graphical dictionary and thesaurus; look up words to find their meanings and associations with other words and concepts; uses Princeton University’s WordNet, an opensource database built by University students and language researchers.

PowerPoint Presentations on Grammar
PPT presentations to assist with teaching grammar; offered by Capital Community College Foundation as part of their Guide to Grammar and Writing

**Daily Grammar**
Daily grammar lessons developed by a 30-year teaching veteran

**English Companion**
Comprehensive web site with NCTE news, censorship alerts, English newsletters, news on TV shows connected to language arts, recommended readings, Burke’s own articles and books

**Guide to Grammar and Writing**
Samples of various writing formats; PowerPoint presentations; interactive quizzes

****Harcourt’s Multimedia Grammar Glossary** (Grades 1-5**)
A fun way to learn grammar terms; includes audio pronunciation; animated explanations

Little Explorers Picture Dictionary
PK-6; over 2400 illustrated dictionary entries; related websites; hear pronunciation of letters and see a page of words that start with the letter

Merriam Webster Online
Look up words; daily interactive word games; word-of-the-day; daily word podcast; vocabulary builder

**RhymeZone**
Grades 6-12; find rhymes, synonyms, antonyms of user-selected words and more

**Spell It Right: Learn to Spell Confidently**
Offers advice about tackling spelling problems and a series of spelling exercises designed to improve skills of middle and high school students

Don't Use Said
Animation encouraging writers to use words other than said when writing dialogue