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African American Women Writers Grades 6 to 12 New York Public Library

This site from the New York Public Libarary lets users access texts of writings by 19th century African American women. The titles and topics vary, but the site offers an interesting exposure to primary sources that might not otherwise be available.

American Writers Grades 6 to 12 C-Span

C-Span has created an American writers site containing biographical information and literary excerpts from dozens of American writers from the 17th century to the present. The excerpts include a variety of critical and interpretation resources. C-Span plans to add additional content, including teacher materials, when the cable series of the same name airs in Spring, 2002.

Common Errors in English Grades 6 to 12 Wisconsin State University

This is a no-frills presentation and explanation of some of the most commonly misused English words, terms, and phrases. If you are uncertain about a particular word or phrase, check it here.

Daily Grammar Grades 6 to 12

It may not be everyone’s favorite topic, but here’s a site that offers something different each day for those who want to brush up on their grammar skills. In addition to the daily reminder, there is also a full selection of other grammar, style, and usage information.

Dream Girl Magazine Grades 4 to 8

The content of this e-zine for girls interested in the arts is much better than the title. There are articles about books, writers, reading, and the performing arts as well. Written at the proper level, but without the teeny-style trimmings, there’s a lot of content presented in an inviting manner. Worth a try if you have an enthusiastic girl in your class who is “looking for more.”

Edgar Allan Poe Collection Grades 6 to 12

Poe is a perennial web favorite, and this collection includes full-text listings for most of the author’s poetry and short stories. While the site itself has very little commentary or criticism, there are plenty of links to places that do.

Teachers will find this one especially useful if printed copies of Poe’s work are not available.

Eight Steps to Information Literacy Grades 6 to 12

This is a great guide for teachers interested in getting their students to use the web and related technologies creatively. You’ll find a step-by-step process that lets students get organized before heading off on a project and encourages them to sort through their results before building a project. Great backgrounder for teachers getting started with web research.

E-School Writing Project Grades 6 to 12

This site offers a collection of internet-based writing lessons covering subjects including newpaper writing, poetry, fiction, and a culminating activity creating a storybook. They could be used by students who are homebound, or could serve as examples of writing assignments for in-class or regular school use.

Five Paragraph Essay Wizard Grades 6 to 12 Privately Published

Here’s one author’s approach to structuring a five-paragraph essay. There are tips, examples, and advice on how to create an effective essay. Good as an introduction, or as a review site for students who need a bit more practice. Privately published.

Grammar and Style Guide Grades 6 to 12 University of Pennsylvania

Source: Jack Lynch at U Penn – A great grammar resource– clearly organized alphabetically. Colorful and clear! It might motivate a middle schooler to care about the difference between “affect” and “effect” or deal with a dangling participle!

Grammar Blue Book Grades 6 to 12

While this site pulls no punches about promoting a book, it also offers concise grammar and puctuation usage information.

In addition, there are short worksheets and quizzes which teachers might find useful with their classes.

Hypergrammar Grades 6 to 12 University of Ottawa

This venerable site from the University of Ottawa won’t win any design awards, but it’s a very thorough treatment of grammar, parts of speech, sentence structure, and related grammatical issues. Designed primarily for one-on-one use, there are lots of very usable features, making it a good place for students to look when they’re “stuck” on a grammatical issue.

KidNews: Kids’ Writing from Practically Everywhere Grades 1 to 8 University of Massachusetts

Publish your student writing in subject areas of interest or purely creative poetry on this site. The rules and procedures are explained clearly, and students’ work has an instant world-wide audience. There is a wealth of samples from students in grades K through 12 and even beyond. News articles, reviews, features, sports, profiles and other areas are available. Entries are welcomed and encouraged.

This award-winning site is a must for teachers of writing!

KidPub Grades 1 to 12

This site is a collection of over 20,000 stories written by children all over the planet! This site also offers a pen-pal connection for children around the world that are interested in writing. Stories are not accepted for publication over the summer. An award winning site for young writers. An excellent site!

Lessons from ReadWriteThink Grades 1 to 8 NCTE

This new collection from NCTE and the International Reading Association offers lots of K-8 lessons on reading, writing, and the skills that build both. There’s a lot of “meat” on this menu, so plan to spend some time reviewing these offerings, especially if you have a particular application in mind.

Music is Poetry Grades 6 to 8 TeachersFirst

A lesson unit that combines music and lyrics in a study of poetry. Part of the attraction: student get to help select the music, and hence the message.

Conforms to Florida language arts standards

Only A Matter of Opinion? Grades 6 to 12 Thinkquest

This ThinkQuest site offers an introduction to editorial writing and the ways in which editorials differ from other writing styles. Abundant examples and graphics, along with guidelines on what makes editorial writing constructive.

Parents as Writing Partners Grades 6 to 8 NCTE

Use this idea to generate enthusiasm and parent involvement as you teach writing. Letters to parents are included with these step by step plans.

Plumb Design Visual Thesaurus Grades 6 to 12 Plumb Design

Here’s a truly wonderful writer’s tool that provides great results in a highly visual form that’s much more useful than the simple listings most thesauruses use. It’s a tool whose presentation style actually encourages use. A downloadable version is also available for a small fee. Super!

Poetry – Listen and Write Grades 6 to 12 BBC

This site from the BBC’s education section offers a surprisingly interactive approach to making students comfortable writing poetry. The site includes interactive tools that encourage students to develop their skills at imagery, simile, and other creative methods. There are also Real Audio clips of poets reading from their poetry. This is a site with lots of lesson possibilities.


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