Writing Explained: Grammar Made Easy http://writingexplained.com/ A free online writing class that provides writing examples, sentences, and style advice according to AP and Chicago Styles.
Redefining the Writing Process with iPads http://www.edutopia.org/blog/redefining-writing-process-with-ipads-beth-holland Redefining the Writing Process with iPads
Take a moment to think about how you learned to write. What steps did you go through? What was your process?
When computers entered into the equation, we digitized the process. Instead of organizing and outlining on paper, we incorporated graphic organizer tools such as Inspiration or MindMeister.
Students and teachers began to draft digitally with word processing programs, and it became possible to offer feedback by inserting comments or typing directly into the document. Not only did these augmentations add efficiency to the process, but they also allowed for completed works to be published to the web.
With Writing 2.0, the process became public.
How writing by hand makes kids smarter http://bit.ly/fFeGNB How writing by hand makes kids smarter
Younger Americans are typing or texting more and writing less, even in school — and that's a problem when it comes to brain development
TV Tropes http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/HomePage TV Tropes
This wiki is a catalog of the tricks of the trade for writing fiction.
Tropes are devices and conventions that a writer can reasonably rely on as being present in the audience members' minds and expectations. On the whole, tropes are not clichés.
The word clichéd means "stereotyped and trite." In other words, dull and uninteresting.
We are not looking for dull and uninteresting entries. We are here to recognize tropes and play with them, not to make fun of them.
The wiki is called "TV Tropes" because TV is where we started. Over the course of a few years, our scope has crept out to include other media.
Tropes transcend television. They reflect life. Since a lot of art, especially the popular arts, does its best to reflect life, tropes are likely to show up everywhere.
What is Xanga? (review) http://wiki.itap.purdue.edu/display/INSITE/Xanga What is Xanga? (review)
The original purpose of Xanga was to share book and movie reviews. It slowly developed and is now used for social networking and sharing blogs, videos, audio, and photos with others.
Educational Lesson Plans
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Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab) http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/ Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab)
The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material, and we provide these as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue. Students, members of the community, and users worldwide will find information to assist with many writing projects.
Teachers and trainers may use this material for in-class and out-of-class instruction.
PicLits http://www.piclits.com PicLits.com is a creative writing site that matches beautiful images with carefully selected keywords in order to inspire you.
The object is to put the right words in the right place and the right order to capture the essence, story, and meaning of the picture.
StoryMash http://storymash.com/ StoryMash
StoryMash, the future of collaborative fiction.
A creative writing community for authors, amateur writers, readers and anyone interested in collaborative fiction and collaborative creative writing.
Novlet ... writing of non-linear stories in any language http://www.novlet.com/ Novlet is a web application designed to support collaborative writing of non-linear stories in any language.
With Novlet you will be able to read stories written by other users, create your own ones, and choose the plot you like most from several alternatives.
Novlet stories are divided in passages, text sections usually made of a few paragraphs: users can continue stories or add alternative storylines by creating their passages after existing ones. The only limit is your fantasy.
35 Best Tools for Writing Online http://mashable.com/2008/12/13/writers-toolbox/ 35 Best Tools for Writing Online "Whether you’re new to the world of authorship or a veteran trying to make the most of Web services and applications, there are a number of online tools for writers of all types. From blogging platforms to networking hotbeds, and job boards to real-world gatherings, and more, the supply of utilities is comprehensive, to say the least.
But finding them all can be hard-going, so we’ve taken the liberty to make the discovery process easier by arranging our top finds here for your perusal.
Here are 35 of the best social media tools for writers."
PocketMod http://pocketmod.com/ The PocketMod is a new way to keep yourself organized. Lets face it, PDAs are too expensive and cumbersome, and organizers are bulky and hard to carry around. Nothing beats a folded up piece of paper. That is until now. With the PocketMod, you can carry around the days notes, keep them organized in any way you wish, then easily transfer the notes to your PDA, spreadsheet, or planner.
The PocketMod is a small book with guides on each page. These guides or templates, combined with a unique folding style, enable a normal piece of paper to become the ultimate note card.
Write a Book in a Day http://deangroom.wordpress.com/2008/11/04/write-a-book-in-a-day/ Write a Book in a Day
Day 1 of the ‘Book in a Day’ creative writing project with 9th graders ended in an almost party like atmosphere from the 60 students who took part today. The final hour had 60 students in one big room, furiously working in groups to finalise their work and publish it.
Web 2.0 Technology in Teaching EFL Writing http://tinyurl.com/5me32w Web 2.0 Technology in Teaching EFL Writing
Use of Groupware, Weblog and BlogCasting
Essay writing skills http://www.slv.vic.gov.au/ergo/essay_writing_skills Essay writing skills
Writing an essay can be challenging, especially when you have multiple assignments due at the same time. But there a few tricks that can make the whole process that much easier.
This section will help you figure out what your essay question is really asking, and then break the question down into easy tasks.
Why We Write http://whywewriteseries.wordpress.com/ Why We Write
... a series of essays by prominent - and not so prominent - TV and Film writers… and by people like you: writers and those who hope someday to call themselves writers. Conceived by Charlie Craig and Thania St. John, the campaign hopes to inspire and inform all writers.
Writers Workshop http://www.teachersfirst.com/unitlist.cfm Writer's Workshop is a technique for making daily writing a part of the primary curriculum.
The unit offers numerous strategies for incorporating writing into daily classroom routine in various subjects, and includes many examples showing what to emphasize in building a love of writing and communication in even the youngest students.
Additional materials show how to extend Writer's Workshop throughout the elementary years.
Writing Sample Analyzer http://resources.aellalei.com/tools/writer/sample.php Writing Sample Analyzer
This writing sample analyzer takes a sample of your writing and then calculates the number of sentences, words, and characters in your sample. As it's calculating these statistics it makes estimates as to how many syllables are present in each word.
Using these numbers, it then calculates the Flesch Reading Ease, Fog Scale Level, and Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level, which are three of the most common readability algorithms.
Simply supply a sample of your writing up to 5,000 characters and then click "Analyze."
Fast Blog It http://fastblogit.com/ Fast Blog It
FastBlogIt is a collaborative internet Mind for internet cybernauts. It brings together various trains of thought, subjects, text, pictures & other media self-organized by it's authors & groups using folksonomy tags and other features. Another way of saying it is that FastBlogIt is a hyper-threaded folksonomous wiki-blog
ICT Skills relating to writing http://tinyurl.com/dau68 ICT Skills relating to writing at difference age groups Year 3 to Year 6
Writeboard - Online Collaboration Application http://www.writeboard.com/ Writeboard - Online Collaboration Application
Writeboard is completely free. You can create as many writeboards as you'd like and invite as many people to collaborate on the writeboards. There are no limits.
Write a business letter, copy for your website, a marketing brochure, or a product description, or a weblog post, or a song, or a poem, or an idea, or an essay, or a book chapter, or whatever else you might normally write in your email program, text editor, or word processor.
Unlike a Word document that's stored at your office on one computer, you can get to your writeboards from any computer in the world with an internet connection and a modern web browser.
ESL Handwriting Worksheet Wizard http://www.writingwizard.longcountdown.com ESL Handwriting Worksheet Wizard
The Writing Wizard automatically makes handwriting practice worksheets for children. The one-word and multi-word wizards give you flexibility in editing your worksheets to suit your students needs - and it's all for free!
Just type in the words you want and click the create worksheet button - easy!
Enhancing the Writing Process Using the Internet http://tilttv.blogspot.com/2005/06/tilt-episode-1-enhancing-writing.html Enhancing the Writing Process Using the Internet
Video Blog at
TILT - Teachers Improving Learning with Technology .. supporting teacher continuing professional development. "In this episode we review some websites which can help students and teachers plan their writing, learn new writing techniques and structures, share their writing with others, and generate excitement and enthusiasm for the writing process in meaningful ways."
Writing Esentials http://www.customresearchpapers.us/swc/writing-essentials/ Writing Esentials | 10 Tips For Writing A Winning Resume | 7 Essential Letter-Writing Strategies | E-mail 101: The Dos and Don'ts | 7 Secrets For Beating Writer's Block | My Top Ten Tips for Exam Success | Why Students Turn to Custom Writing Services | Use Real-Life Templates For Writing Success | Writing Business Letters That Get The Job Done | The Perils Of Using Jargon | Punctuation? Why Bother? |
Guide to Writing a Basic Essay http://lklivingston.tripod.com/essay/ Guide to Writing a Basic Essay
An essay can have many purposes, but the basic structure is the same no matter what. You may be writing an essay to argue for a particular point of view or to explain the steps necessary to complete a task.
Either way, your essay will have the same basic format.
If you follow a few simple steps, you will find that the essay almost writes itself. You will be responsible only for supplying ideas, which are the important part of the essay anyway.
Palaeography: reading old handwriting http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/palaeography/ Palaeography: reading old handwriting
Palaeography is the study of old handwriting. This web tutorial will help you learn to read the handwriting found in documents written in English between 1500 and 1800.
Writing for the Web http://www.webenglishteacher.com/ Writing for the Web : Blogs, Sites and Student Writing
10 Tips on Writing the Living Web | Blogs as Writing Practice | The (Classroom) Blog: A Moment for Literacy, A Moment for Giving Pause | How to Write for the Web | CyberEnglish | Poetry | Journalism | Book Reports | Critical Thinking |
Handwriting Without Tears Program http://www.hwtears.com/index.htm Handwriting Without Tears Program
Handwriting Without Tears?(HWT) is the easy way to teach pre-printing, printing and cursive! It was developed by Jan Z. Olsen, OTR, an occupational therapist and handwriting specialist. She has more than 25 years of experience helping children and training teachers and therapists. HWT is an inclusive method for teaching children of ALL ability levels. Children love it. Parents and new teachers enjoy the simple and clear directions that make it easy to help children.
Author, Author Virtual Field Trip http://www.tramline.com/lit/author/index.htm Author, Author Virtual Field Trip
A Module on Writing for Children - By Cara Bafile
The field trip accompanying this module introduces students to the writing process through the eyes of children's book authors. Children usually encounter the steps in the process of writing -- pre-writing, writing, revising, editing, and publishing at some point in their elementary experience, but they rarely apply that understanding to the work of real authors.
On the field trip, students will study the steps of process writing. They will visit several children's authors' Web sites and answer questions such as:
Why did this author begin writing? | How does he/she develop the idea for his/her books? | What kind of books does he or she write? | What steps does the author follow? | How did he or she first become published? |
Online Opportunities for Young Writers http://www.noodletools.com/debbie/literacies/basic/yngwrite.html Online Opportunities for Young Writers : Online Writing Labs :
Universities maintain online Writing Labs (OWLs)
with downloadable handouts on a wide range of writing topics, such as composition advice, grammar help, and referrals to other information.
Authentic Audiences : Online Publications Which Accept Student Submissions