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Resources for Writers and Teachers

Resources for Writers and Teachers

Online resources for writers of all ages.

(And we're always looking for more! E-mail David LeNoir or Joy Buckingham if you can recommend others--or if you experience problems with those listed.)

Mainly for Student Writers:

 Tips for Writers  Some tips for becoming a better writer--from an organization of English teachers.
 The Biography Maker  Information and steps for writing biography
 Writing and Grammar Resources  Guidelines and links
 WritePlace  Information and links
 Grammar Handbook  An online "handbook" from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
 Blue Mountain Arts  Personalize and send free electronic greetings
 Evaluating Web Resources  Criteria to use in determining the quality of information available on web sites.
 Yahooligans!  Web guide for kids.
 Wacky Web Tales  Create your own or read others' (grades 3-8).
 Aesop's Fables  Fables illustrated and told by U. Mass. art students (requires Flash 4 Player).
 KidsLoveAMystery.com  Mystery stories, tricks, and contests (lesson plans, too).
 MysteryNet.com  Mysteries and puzzles to solve (MS/HS).
 CRAYON  CReAte Your Own Newspaper--newspaper writing and news.
 The Write Site  Interactive language arts and journalism project for middle schools.
 Vocabulary U  Vocabulary puzzles and contests--some for specific grade levels.
 Read to Write Project  Student-written book reviews and other student writing.
 World of Reading  A searchable database of student-written book reviews.  Accepts submissions.
 Absolutely Whootie  Folk tales, fairy tales, and legends from around the world (grades 1-7).
 EnchantedLearning.com  Crafts, games, and resources for a variety of content topics.
 Term Paper  Thomson/Gale's "How to Write a Term Paper."
 Literary Glossary  A glossary of literary terms.
 Poetry Tiles  "Kid" versions of computer magnetic poetry--arrange the words to create a poem.
 More Poetry Tiles  A variety of computer magnetic poetry "kits"
 Kidscribe  A bilingual site (English and Spanish) for young writers.
 The Reading Corner  Book reviews written for grades 2-8.
 Word Central  Dictionary, "Daily Buzzword," and activities.
 Candlelight Stories  Writing activities, on-line story books, animation.
 Research & Writing  Research writing how-to, search, links (HS/college).
 Creative Writing for Teens  Tips, activities, and links.
 Kids on the Net  Online writing community.
 Scriptito's Place  Vangar Publishers' Creative Writing Resource Center.
 Young Authors Workshop  Linked resources for the writing process (grades 4-7).
 MidLink Magazine  An online magazine publishing work by students (grades 3-12).
 Writing Corner  Tips, contests, links, resources.
 WritingDEN  Writing topics and tips (grades 6-12).
 Real Kids, Real Adventures  Young authors, FAQs, critique group, contests.
 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards  Scholastic's contest for student writers (grades 7-12).
 Writing.Com  Online publishing and feedback--post your own work or read and respond to others'.
 CCC Grammar  An online grammar text supported by Capital Community College.
 CCC Sentence Sense  An online handbook supported by Capital Community College.
 Homework Spot  Resources, links, and games.
 Kids Language Arts  Activities and resources.
 Cyberkids  Online creative writing, chat rooms, and message boards (Age 7 to 12).
 CyberTeens  Online community and creative outlet for teens.
 Spelling Test  A self-scoring test over 50 spelling "demons"

 

LOST LINKS (we're hoping to recover)

 Process Writing Rap   A rap to get you started
 KidNews   Online publishing of articles in a variety of areas.

 

Mainly for Teachers:

 ReadWriteThink  IRA/NCTE practices and resources in reading and language arts instruction
 The Joy of Teaching  Links and tips from our very own Joy Buckingham
 Tips for Parents  "Helping Your Teenager to Write Better"--tips from NCTE
 Key Issues: Writing  NCTE resources
 KERA Listservs  Kentucky's KERA-related listservs
 Assessing Student Poetry  Kathryn Mincey's work at fitting poetry in the KIRIS portfolio
 Poetry & Song  "The process of composing poems, lyrics, and songs" (by Bill Payne of "Little Feat")
 Writing Research Papers  MLA and a whole lot more, courtesy of Capital Community College
 NoodleTools  Tools for internet research and technology use in education
 Hot Potatoes  Test- and puzzle-generating software
 Ralphfletcher.com  Tips and resources from Ralph Fletcher
 Kentucky Writing  "Writing Development Teachers Handbook" and "KET On-Demand Writing"
 Open Response  "Open Response Questions in the Classroom" manual
 Three Kinds of Writing  Materials and samples to support the "Three Kinds of Writing"
 Poetry 180  "A poem a day for American high schools"
 6+1 Traits of Writing  Homepage of the 6+1 Traits scoring rubric
 CyberGuides  Units of instruction (for core works of literature) from SCORE
 Creative Writing for Teens  Games, activities, resources, and links for writing
 Discover Writing  Monthly lesson plans by THE Barry Lane
 Learning with Mysteries  Plans and links for using mystery in the classroom
 Teachers.net  An immense array of teachers' resources--plans, chats, materials.
 TeacherUniverse  Links, resources, lesson plans, and information for teachers.
 Education World  Links, resources, lesson plans, and information for teachers.
 DiscoverySchool.com  Links and resources by the Discovery Channel.
 Educator's Reference Desk  ERIC database, lesson plans, and resource guides.
 Global Schoolnet  Content and tools for collaborative learning and online projects.
 Puzzlemaker  Create or copy crosswords, word searches, math puzzles.
 C. Hurst's Children's Lit. Site  Children's books:  reviews, activities, thematic approaches.
 Education Place  Houghton Mifflin's K-8 site for teachers.
 Aesop's Fables  Fables with morals and lesson plans.
 EnchantedLearning.com  Crafts, games, and resources for a variety of content topics.
 Children's Literature Web  Discussion, references, and links.
 Grammar Safari  Approaches for hunting grammatical structures on the WWW.
 Scholastic  Scholastic's pages for teachers--activities, tools, resources, plans, programs.
 New Plagiarism  Article from FNO, an online technology journal, about computer-based plagiarism.
 emTech  Resources, links, and lesson plans from Emerging Technologies.
 Beginning Teacher's tool Box  An "online community" for supporting beginning teachers.
 Skewl Sites  Educational sites and resources "researched by teachers for teachers."
 mygradebook.com  An online gradebook program with options for individual student/parent access.
 Kim's Korner for Teacher Talk  An 8th grade teacher's ideas for teaching writing.
 F.R.E.E.  Federel Resources for Educational Excellence
 Fundsnet Online Services  Information on online financial resources.
 Forecast of Funding  US Department of Education funding programs and competitions.
 eSchool News  Information from the eSchool News Funding Center.
 Finding Funders  The Foundation Center's list of sources for funding.
 School Grants  Resources and tips for K-12 grants and projects.

 

LOST LINKS (we're hoping to recover)

 Technology in Education  "170 Ideas and Resources for Teachers"
  Tech. and the Writing Process  How to use computers in all stages of the writing process.

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