Web Sites for Teaching Writing
(James Scholar Project)
Compiled By Bridget Carol Marx
To compile this list, I began my searching in the Metacrawler search
I used as my search topics childrens writing, writing lessons,
writing skills, writing k-12, expository lessons, narrative lessons,
and poetry lessons. There were many web pages other than the ones I
have listed here, but I have tried to weed out the best ones and the
ones that I found truly useful. If you dont find what you need,
Metacrawler is a good place to start.
Pages the Children can use
This page lets children write messages for informal purposes and
formats and choose postcards on which to write them on. They may
e-mail these postcards to other people who are on-line. The
recipient is notified by e-mail. They can also include links and
pictures on them. I think that this would be useful practice for
students communication skills.
This page allows students to write and submit stories about
themselves, pets, sports, and other topics. they can also read
other childrens entries. They will get responses, after writing,
via e-mail. I found this to be an innovative way to motivate
students to write and boost their confidence.
There are links from this page to activities for children which
include letter writing projects to sick or injured children and
the elderly. There is also an opportunity for creative writing
about the pictures that are on the page.
This is a really neat news page that allows students to read a lot
about sports, news, and reviews. It also allows them to submit
articles they write on their own. This would be a very interesting
way to introduce children to writing for news media.
This is one of the most useful writing sites for children on the
web. It has a free library of how-to info, a chatroom for
childrens writers and illustrators, writing surveys for kids, and
a question board for children to ask questions to childrens
authors and receive responses. There is also a link to writing
tools for childrens authors including books and addresses.
This site is a great resource for your gifted students who need
enrichment in the regular classroom. It will be a little advanced
in some parts, but the weekly idiom and fable are great! There are
on-line exercises to do with the fable that enrich vocabulary and
comprehension. It has a great deal of potential to improve writing
with enrichment for style and vocab.
This page is a starting point for students who want to work on
writing. The focus is on creative writing but also offers
information on different genres and illustrating tips. This is a
great resource of information for your talented writers.
This web site can help students with typing skills by offering
moderated chat which is governed by rules. This can also encourage
development of writing dialogue. There is also a blank page
designated for students submitted stories and poems. Goals are to
publish something new every week. Kids can easily and safely
manage this site.
This site is very cool! Students try to communicate an original
monsters features from an image on their screen to another childs
mind using learned writing skills and technology. This is a
fabulous site, home of the Monster Exchange Project. Schools and
students from around the world participate together to practice
communication and writing skills.
This site offers many opportunities for students to use their
writing skills in a context that they will find enjoyable. It
offers a chance to write to Toona Cat, ask him questions, read
writing by other children, enter contests, and write stories and
poems. It is definitely easy for students to navigate, no matter
how narrow their knowledge of computers.
Pages for teachers (lesson plans, ideas,
From the television show, this site has activity suggestions to
accompany programs that involve writing and print awareness. Site
also includes links to writing contests and samples of childrens
writing. This can really enrich the reading program if you follow
their book lists.
This page contains a multitude of resources on one page. Library
in the Sky offers links to additional information as well as a
list of lesson plans for the internet, creative writing,
limericks, ESL lessons, poems, paragraph writing, descriptive
writing, and persuasive paragraphs. There are materials for all
grades K-12. This one is one of my favorites! Check it out!
There are links here to mini-lessons for grade levels K-5 for many
different aspects of writing. It includes whole-language
experience, vocabulary development, creating books, listening
exercises, photo essays, writing auto-biography, spelling,
character studies, and grammatical devices. These lessons suit a
wide variety of teaching and learning styles and would be useful
for almost anyone teaching in an elementary classroom.
This is a site of supplemental activities for thematic units you
may do in your classroom on Halloween or pumpkins. Writing skills
are approached in fun ways that are linked with other disciplines.
Its activities incorporate use of higher order thinking skills and
the seven multiple intelligences.
This site is very similar to the previous listing but the
activities are focused on the story, Barn Dance by Bill Martin,
Jr. and John Archambault.
This is a site which refers you to a resource for teaching the
process of composition. It is geared for classrooms with computers
at a grade level 7-10.
This is a curriculum bank of lesson plans for language arts. It
includes computer based writing lessons, class newspapers, and
published books. This is a truly excellent resource for meaningful
student-centered activities. I found a great number of useful
activities from this page.
Not a completely detailed lesson plan, but this is a rally good
idea for integrating science, language arts, art, and media skills
while working on a project on endangered animals. It includes
grading rubric for expository writing for the instructor. If the
lesson is not useful for you because of materials, resources, etc.
there is a really good base idea here for a possible unit. I like
the idea a lot.
This site allows teachers or students to enroll in classes from
which you can learn about poetry. However, there are some useful
ideas which are available to people who are not enrolled. They can
be used to teach poetry and its forms, as well as technique.
This site has many, MANY links for storytelling, drama, readers
theater, and puppetry. It has story starters, ideas for writing
dramas, and script starters. I feel that this site really has the
potential to inspire creativity in the classroom. There are
absolutely wonderful ideas for bringing drama into your
This is part of Houghton-Mifflins page of resources for teachers.
This section focuses mainly on motivating students to become more
confidant and successful readers and writers. The materials linked
from this page are geared toward K-6 but could probably be adapted
up for most middle school students.
This is another page from which you have to order things to make
the best use of the resources, but if you have Adobe Acrobat
Reader or download it straight from the web page, you can see free
samples that have really excellent ideas for social communication,
language, and phonology. I think there are some valuable resources
This page introduces an idea from an elementary school that they
call W.I.S.E. The acronym stands for Writing is Sharing
Experiences. It is a program you can use with your Writers
Workshop. It sounds pretty neat, and if you already have a
workshop you are planning on using, it would fit in well. I think
that it is a good suggestion.
This is a site that describes the ideal Writers Workshop from the
same elementary school as the previous site. There are tips for
success in a workshop and suggestions for organization. It follows
very closely with the philosophy of Donald Graves. There are also
some links to sample writing from some of the children at the
elementary school. If you are thinking about starting Writers
Workshop in the classroom, this is a good place to look.
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