Many schools are out for the next two weeks, which gives teachers the opportunity to catch up on their personal lives. Sometimes, though, teachers like to use this time for planning. As the number of subscribers to this blog climbs, I am aware that many of you may not have had time to read all of the posts, or might have missed some of the earlier suggestions. So, I thought this might be a good time of year to summarize and emphasize some of the most valuable resources I have reviewed so far. Today, I would like to offer my Favorite Online Writing Tools:
#3 – Writing Prompts – Luke Neff provides this site with wonderful writing prompts usually accompanied by thought-provoking graphics.
#2 – Read Write Think – The student interactives alone on this site make it well worth a visit. But it is also rich with lesson planning ideas and other resources for teachers and parents. It’s one of the many sites tied to Thinkfinity, which I featured as one of my favorite teaching tools.
#1 – Storybird – I cannot say enough good things about this site, which allows students to create stories from sets of illustrations provided on the site. Students can comment on each other’s work, parents can view the stories online or even purchase published products of their children’s masterpieces. I have had several students who thoroughly dislike writing suddenly plunge themselves into weaving tales on Storybird. One of them even wrote a thank you note to me for introducing him to the site. This is, by far, one of my favorite discoveries this year.
If you are interested in reading my original posts on each of these resources, please click on the following: Writing Prompts, Read Write Think (part of my post on Thinkfinity), and Storybird.