E-Tidying up! – Favorite Writing Sites 1

It’s that time of the year again that I go through my bookmarks and Diigo lists and try to choose the sites I need/love the most, so that I can use them for the upcoming school year. Most of the times though, I end up adding even more sites to the existing lists because I get easily excited and carried away when I come across sites I find interesting. I wrote a similar post on useful sites for young learners 2-3 years ago which you can find here, but the sites you can see below focus on Writing and Creative Writing.

My Top 5!

  1. http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/student-interactives/: An absolute must whatever type of writing you work on! My personal favorites are the poetry and mystery cube creators!
  2. http://writingprompts.tumblr.com/: Perfect for advanced-level students with lots of inspiring prompts to choose from.
  3. http://www.wordtamer.co.uk/: A site which I never get tired of using when teaching story writing! Lots of different word activities to choose from and an amazing environment to experience!
  4. http://www.sixwordmemoirs.com/: I’ve mainly used this site for six word poems before introducing my students to writing in 3 words
  5. http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/english/writing/leaflets/play/: I’m a huge Tim Burton fan so I think it makes sense that I love this Trapped! game on leaflet writing

Creative Writing

  1. http://bogglesworldesl.com/creativewriting.htm: One of my favorite sites to use for interesting/unpredictable story starters. This page also features my all-time favorite Halloween questionnaires. Great to use with students of all levels!
  2. http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/story-starters/: Scholastic’s story starters generator is another favorite! Apart from giving you really creative story starters I also love the fact that you can spin each wheel separately and change parts of the prompt you end up having!
  3. http://www.creativity-portal.com/prompts/365/pictures.html: A site I’ve used again and again whenever I racked my brains to find something inspiring/unusual to use for my story writing class. Make sure you also check out this awesome list of more creative writing suggestions/tools: http://www.creativity-portal.com/howto/writing/writing.prompts.html
  4. 3 sites with creative writing prompts: http://creativewritingprompts.com/#: Hover your mouse over the different numbers and find inspiring ideas you can use right away!Β  http://busyteacher.org/creative_writing_prompts_part_one.html: Another favorite of mine! http://writeshop.com/creative-writing-prompts-teens/
  5. Sites I use for inspiration: http://bigthink.com/videos/dan-ariely-on-boredom-at-home: Big Think is a great site to use for listening practice, class debates or writing projects. http://www.drawastickman.com/episode1: Not a writing site, but one which I’ve used to work on sequence of events in stories and introduce unexpected events.

Different types of Writing

  1. http://www.learnalberta.ca/content/elci/index.html?launch=true: I’ve mainly used the newspaper feature and it rocks! I love how students are first introduced to the news broadcast before learning about the different parts of a newspaper and creating their own newspaper articles.
  2. http://www.factmonster.com/homework/writingskills1.html: Fact Monster is more of a reference site for students providing them with help and information they need to do their homework. I like this Writing Skills page because it’s well-organized and reminds my students of the basics of essay writing whenever they want to refresh their memory!

Young Learners

  1. https://gr.pinterest.com/evelynot/pre-writing-and-handwriting-ideas/: Pinterest is a treasure trove of materials and this board is no difference! There are tons of different activities, from letter sorting and phonics to basic sentence writing.
  2. http://pbskids.org/arthur/games/storyscramble/scramble.html: A great game to work on order of events in a story
  3. http://www.learner.org/interactives/story/setting.html: A great animation on story elements.
Young hipster woman writing and work in workplace.
Keep writing, Keep creating!

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  1. Brilliant blog post – will definitely use these πŸ‘

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    1. Thank you so much, Neil! Glad you found it useful!

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  2. […] has some of the most imaginative story starters, but you can also find more suggestions here. Mad Libs is also another great activity to try if you want to make the transition to the world of […]

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