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More Writing in the Classroom

Writing is a skill many students struggle with. Like reading, writing proficiency is necessary across all curriculum areas. Making writing assignments more interesting and fun can be a challenge, but tapping into online writing aides, resources, and tools can be a great help in this process.
A Collection By Kelly Flynn
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More Writing in the Classroom
  • Grammarly

    Website
    grammarly.com
    grammarly.com
    Kelly Flynn says:
    Named the world’s most accurate grammar checker, Grammarly allows students to check the spelling, grammar, and mechanics of their writing. Claiming to find up to 10 times more mistakes than other word processors, it also encourages vocabulary expansion as students are given improved word choices to consider.
  • Figment

    Website
    figment.com
    figment.com
    Kelly Flynn says:
    Using an online community, Figment allows teens to work collaboratively to create, explore, and share reading and writing pieces. Through safe, private groups, students can create and revise their pieces in progress, so others in their group (including the teacher) can review and comment on their work. Teachers can announce assignments, monitor student work, and post supporting links. When done, students can publish their work to the full Figment community.
  • Kelly Flynn says:
    Here's a short youtube video which introduces Figment and all of its capabilities. I recommend reviewing this first if interested in implementing this resource into your literacy instruction.
  • Kelly Flynn says:
    You can sign up to receive a new writing prompt every day through Figment Daily Themes. Through these writing themes, you can encourage a range of writing concepts and skills. It's easy to sign up and you can start receiving prompts immediately.
  • Kelly Flynn says:
    This is an awesome website full of resources and ideas for teaching writing especially targeting relunctant writers. Writing Fix provides prompts to help writers get started, and it encourages writing using a cross-curriculum approach. Different genres of writing are handled so students can work on a non-fiction piece or dig into their creative side of writing. A wide range of ‘mentor texts’ ideas are available for teachers to review.
  • Magnetic Poetry

    Website
    play.magneticpoetry.com
    play.magneticpoetry.com
    Kelly Flynn says:
    Ideal for introducing kids to poetry and engaging older students with poetry in a fun, creative way. This site is a digital form of the popular fridge poetry fridge phenomenon. Students group ‘magnetic’ words how they choose, taking the pressure out of creating poetry and making it fun. New words can be added if students get stuck, and the final result can be saved and shared with other students or parents.
  • Kelly Flynn says:
    This resource is part of the Grammarly website. Through this link, you can get help on how to write paragraphs.This includes the following topics: Focus on a point. Develop the point. Organize your thoughts in patterns. Be coherent. Paragraph length.
  • Kelly Flynn says:
    Through this free online tool, you can brainstorm ideas and design concept maps easily and quickly. Using interactive tools, students can save their mind map as an image, share their creation with others, print their organizers, or link their work into another website or blog. While you can explore at this site without having to register, registration is required for the saving and sharing features.
  • Kelly Flynn says:
    Using Storybird, students can select from various art sets and use the set's images to make their online storybooks come alive. The site is appropriate for students in Kindergarten through 5th grade. With the free account, teaches can add up to 60 students, and students can order hard copies of their stories when they are finished. This site is particularly helpful for students who struggle with oral or written language as the pictures assist the student throughout the writing process.
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BloomBoard Asks:How are you using technology to better engage your students when they write?