Basic Elements of Writing

Writing involves rules, words, and style. Here are some resources for you and your students.

Dictionary and thesaurus sites like these provide a handy device for students to learn to enrich their vocabulary in their writing.

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10 Tips for Motivating Reluctant Elementary and Middle School Writers

Students have a natural inclination to tell stories but can freeze up when it comes to writing. These tips help them channel their ideas onto the page. By Cindy BourdoAugust 23, 2022  learn more

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8 Amazing Writing Activities To Improve Your Students’ Writing Skills

Writing is one of the most difficult language skills because it involves the knowledge of grammar and vocabulary. It is no wonder that many learners find it very difficult to write one correct sentence. Writing skills are very important because students will need them outside the classroom. The answer is to make writing a fun…  learn more

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826 Digital Writing Lessons

Lessons are highly engaging and ready to use. They’re built around a topic and genre and focused on an educational outcome.  learn more

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Common Errors in English Usage

Common Errors in English Usage, such as the distinction between ambiguous and ambivalent, can be found at this Washington State University site. A slightly more up-to-date guide to confusions than Strunk & White.  learn more

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ESLBuzz: 100+ Useful Words and Phrases to Write a Great Essay

How to Write a Great Essay in English! This lesson provides 100+ useful words, transition words and expressions used in writing an essay. Let’s take a look!  learn more

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Fantasy Name Generator

What started as a site with only a handful of name generators has grown into a site over 900 generators, including description generators, image generators, a wealth of game universe specific name generators and even a basic language generator. Need a name for your hero, dragon, Italian merchant, or film studio? What about a character…  learn more

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Grammar.com

Grammar.com provides a free grammar & spell checker, eBooks, articles, tutorials, vocabulary games and more! Your students can check their work simply by pasting in their text and clicking Check My Writing. Click on the highlighted spelling error, grammar or writing issue to get details and suggestions.  learn more

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Kid Thesaurus

Kid Thesaurus is a kid-friendly thesaurus that allows students to find synonyms easily. If you’ve used another online thesaurus then you have realized how difficult they can be for students. Our mission at KidThesaurus.com is to provide students with an easy-to-use resource to find synonyms.  learn more

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Merriam-Webster Online

The Merriam-Webster dictionary was originally compiled by Noah Webster and has been a student standard for many decades. It is another example of the many dictionaries and thesauruses available online.  learn more

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Random Word Generator

This is a quirky web site that can be used to generate random words, phrases, sentences, and whole paragraphs. Great for "use this word in a sentence" or sentence diagramming drills. Gems includes.. A bicycle sighs! A mundane tongue treks her pedantry. Should the invaluable terminator obsess a thirst? crazed cedar consummate cellulose tangerine cello  learn more

Reading Rockets: Looking at Writing

Writing is a process. Writing with kids can be incredibly rewarding. It can also be painstaking and frustrating, for the writer and for the adult. For most writers, it's somewhere in-between. This interactive tool is designed to help teachers and parents learn more about writing.  learn more

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Simplify Writing

OUR MISSION We help to make every teacher feel confident and supported in their writing instruction. Simplify Writing® provides engaging resources and differentiation materials that help fill in learning gaps and empower their students to share their opinions and ideas.  learn more

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Storybird - Read, Write, Discover

Storybird’s tools inspire young people to build confidence and creativity in their writing. With 9 million members and 800,000 participating classrooms, Storybird is the world’s largest language arts program. Find resources for educators below. Choose from hundreds of lessons, quizzes, and writing prompts for all ages, or take our monthly Challenge.  learn more

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TECHNOTES: THREE EMPOWERING ACTIVITIES FOR SUMMARIZATION

The act of summarizing can involve finding what’s worth keeping and getting rid of the rest. This can be accomplished in a variety of ways. Let’s take a look at three activities for summarization that began with paper and pencil but grew into digital activities. Miguel Guhlin August 11, 2022  learn more

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The Elements of Style

Asserting that one must first know the rules to break them, this classic reference book by William Strunk Jr. and E. B. White is a must-have for any student and conscientious writer. Intended for use in which the practice of composition is combined with the study of literature, it gives in brief space the principal…  learn more

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The Free Dictionary

The Free Dictionary combines a dictionary, thesaurus, medical dictionary, legal dictionary, financial dictionary, acronyms, idioms, and an encyclopedia into a single online reference. Check out the hangman's game and spelling bee on their home page. Highly recommended.  learn more

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Thesaurus.com

Roget's Thesaurus has been re-imagined into this graphically rich site. Enter a word and search thru related words using tabs, sliders and word links. While not as animated as Visual Thesaurus, the site is free to access and has a richer result set.  learn more

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WordHippo: Thesaurus and Word Tools

Thesaurus and word tools for your creative needs WordHippo is an online website and application providing a range of tools related to the use of words for creative and recreational purposes such as writing, poetry, translations, word games, etc. Cite Us Kat IP Pty Ltd 2008. Word Hippo. Retrieved from https://www.wordhippo.com/  learn more

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Writing A-Z

Writing A-Z delivers online writing lessons, resources, and tools to meet the needs of every student, at every learning level. Lessons and resources to teach writing Interactive online writing tools for students Online reporting to track progress and growth Comprehensive Resources and Tools for Writing Instruction Writing A-Z delivers thousands of downloadable and projectable resources…  learn more

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Writing Commons

The encyclopedia for writers, researchers, and knowledge workers  learn more