|Big Philosophy for Little Kids: A Writing Program for Character Development
Description:Detailed Lesson Plans for teaching Writing Skills while addressing affective issues (e.g. emotional, moral, character education). In use in Public Schools to full "standards" (Calif) satisfaction, ideal for upper elementary but adaptable grades 2-9.
Description:Bookworm is a fun game that features, yes, a Bookworm who asks you link letters together to make words. Longer words are worth more points. Be careful of "burning tiles" that will set fire to your library! Note: Yahoo games stated that Bookworm is not compatible with Unix or Macintosh computers. However, I had no problem playing Bookworm on my Mac.
|Business Letter Writing Basics
Description:Our business letter writing guide provides the phrases that are commonly used in any standard business letters. These phrases are usually used as a kind of frame and introduction to the content of business letters. We have included business letter samples that might be helpful for you to familirize with business letter writing. By using these standard phrases, you will be able to create a professional tone to your English business letters.
|Fiction Writers Workshop
Description:Professional writer, Meredith Sue Willis from the Teachers and Writers Collaborative, offers six activities to help generate creative fiction writing.
|Five ¶aragraphs & Out
Description:Want to avoid falling into the habit of writing boring prose to fulfill assignments? Read John Rubadeau's essay on how to write an interesting essay. The footnotes explaining his own writing are nearly as long as the essay itself.
|Get Writing Mini Courses
Description:Beginner, intermediate, and advanced courses. Primarily creative writing for those wishing to become published authors.
|Inklings: One Writer's Journey
Description:The writing blog of author Rachel Starr Thomson, Inklings provides writing tips, thoughtful essays, and insight on a writer's journey. A homeschool graduate, Rachel delights in helping other homeschoolers discover the power of the written word.
|Internet Anagram Server
Description:If you rearrange the letters in my name, Beverly Krueger, you get "ever blurry geek". Those who know me well will know how much that really fits. The Internet Anagram Server will list out all the possible anagrams of any word or phrase you enter into its search box. The advanced anagram search allows you to exclude or include a particular word, give the maximum number of words generated, the minimum or maximum number of letters in each word, include multiple occurences of a word, and select whether to generate the anagrams in English, German, French, Spanish or Italian. You can also have it print out a list of all the possible words that can be made from your word or phrase without printing actual anagrams.
|Mystery Writing with Joan Lowery Nixon
Description:Learn to write mysteries and spooky stories with favorite author, Joan Lowery Nixon.
|Myths Brainstorming Machine
Description:You can create your own myth onling. You do need a Flash plugin, though.
|News Writing with Scholastic Editors
Description:Sharpen your news-writing skills by working with Scholastic editors!
|Non-Fiction Writers Workshop
Description:To complement the Fiction Writers Workshop, Scholastic offers this Non-Fiction Writers Workshop. In this site, writer Sturart Miller offers a series of four activities and, for those interested, Teacher's Notes.
|Non-Fiction Writers Workshop
Description:This is for grades 6 through 12. Although this is geared for classroom use, this can be adapted for co-op or homeschool use. Here, older students will learn the fundamentals of writing effective autobiographies.
Description:Roses are red, and the sky is blue. I've written a poem, and you can, too! Have fun learning about the genre of poetry with Jack Prelutsky, Nikki Giovanni, Karla Kuskin, and Jean Marzollo.
Description:Free film scriptwriting articles and videos.
Description:This is an online workshop where you'll learn the "magic of creating and telling stories" with your voices and your bodies.
|The Word Detective
Description:The online version of Words, Wit and Wisdom, a newspaper column answering readers questions about the origin of words and phrases.
|University of Michigan Online Writing Lab
Description:A collection of resources to help you with your writing. You can get feedback from a "cybertutor" over e-mail or browse their links to web resources.
Description:Merriam Websters?s Dictionary site where kids can look up words, build their own dictionary, and take the daily buzzword quiz. There?s also a teacher resource section.
Description:Word ladders, transforming one word into another by changing one letter at a time. CAVE-COVE-DOVE. You pick the starting word and the ending word. This site will return a list of words that you can pick to start your word ladder. Pick your word and get a new list of words to pick from. How many steps will it take you to get from your starting word to your ending word.
|Words and Word Play!
Description:Learn about limericks, aphorisms, tongue twisters, awful authors, and more!
Description:Writer's Workshop is an interdisciplinary writing technique which can build students' fluency in writing through continuous, repeated exposure to the process of writing.
Teachers can introduce elements of Writer's Workshop at any elementary grade. Ideally, however, the process begins in Kindergarten.
|Writing a Book Review
Description:Online guide to writing book reviews with Rodman Philbrick, author of Freak the Mighty.
Description:Although this is geared for classroom use, this can be adapted for co-op or homeschool use. Older students learn the fundamentals of writing effective and solid autobiographies using a plot chart and other heuristic devices.
|Writing Fix for Kids
Description:Like its older sibling Writing Fix, this site features interactive games for writers, too. However, this site caters to the younger writer, featuring such games as "The Verb Game," "Crazy Animal Game," and "The Colored Wheel Game."
|Writing Papers of Literary Analysis - Some advice
Description:Seamus Cooney of Western Michigan University gives advice on organization, content, style, mechanics, and documentation of papers of literary analysis. Information on common usage errors, properly integrating quotations into your text and notes on syntax can be accessed from the site, too.