Miscellaneous Writing Sites and Ideas
4 Steps to Better Writers
A teacher shares an approach to student writing process that produced an measurable improvement in AP test scores. This approach will also work with any writer old enough to remember the word "POET."
Basic Guide to Essay Writing
A set of links designed to support students who are writing a basic essay.
Can't Complain? Writing About Pet Peeves
How can students express their complaints in articulate and constructive ways? In this lesson, students read the New York Times Complaint Box series and use descriptive and persuasive writing strategies to communicate their own pet peeves succinctly and productively.
The Case Against
This TED-ED video (4:53) encourages students to use more precise language. Captioned, includes a post-viewing assessment and follow-up activities.
Creating a Classroom Newspaper
Students use digital technology to create authentic newspaper stories. Various aspects of newspapers are covered, including parts of a newspaper, writing an article, online newspapers, newspaper reading habits, and layout and design techniques.
This clever site helps teachers think through the assessments we establish for our students. (That summary doesn't do it justice -- give it a try.)
This graphic organizer helps students with prewriting by asking them to consider the ideas that belong in different sections of their essays.
Fun with Crayons
Ten writing tasks based on crayons. Designed for secondary students.(
Grammar Goes Green?
In this lesson, students review what qualifies as a grammatically complete sentence. They then use a Times article about the movie, Hulk , to help them identify interesting and challenging nouns and verbs that they can later mix and match to form new sentences.
A variety of sites with suggestions for using graphic organizers.
A Handbook of Rhetorical Devices
Definitions and examples of 60 rhetorical devices, from alliteration to zeugma.
In ‘Other’ Words: Writing Gently Humorous Essays About Stereotypes
Students read a gently humorous essay examining British stereotypes about Americans, consider stereotypes and misconceptions of people in various groups and write lighthearted personal essays.
Introduction to the Nature Journal
"Students exercise the observation skills that are essential to writing, visual art, and science." This lesson from the Smithsonian Institute is designed for all grade levels.
Knowing Write from Wrong: Exploring Common Writing Errors in the Electronic Communications Age
"In this lesson, students explore how the informality of electronic correspondence has affected communications in the workplace. They then develop pages for a basic writing guide that contains rules and examples to help correct common writing errors."
Literary Pilgrimages: Exploring the Role of Place in Writers Lives and Work
In this lesson, students consider the power of place in their own lives, research the life of a writer and develop travel brochures and annotated maps representing the significance of places in the writers life. This lesson uses George Orwell as a model.
Make Beliefs Comix
Students create comic strips online. This tool is great for prewriting, responding to reading, creative writing, vocabulary words, ESL, and tickets out. Very easy to learn and use, it is appropriate for almost every age level.
A Month of Writing Prompts
Writing prompts based on historical events with a suggestion for creative or analytical writing.
The Multi-Step Approach to Teaching The Essay
A classroom teacher shares 8 steps to success with writing essays on demand.
How can we encourage students to think beyond the 5-paragraph essay? This blog post focuses on expanding introductions.
Looking for a visual writing prompt? Have students click on one of the individual panels on this mosaic and respond.
Third or fourth graders write an informative/expository paragraph about their hometowns. 1 page printable; Adobe Reader required.
A series of four lessons asking students to write a description, an interview, a profile, and a review.