Recommended Website: WritingFix: Mentor Text Writing Lessonshttp://writingfix.com/index.htm
Age Range: 8-18+ (There's wiggle room here that will accommodate many ages and grade levels.)
This terrific website offers free interactive writing lessons and prompts for all ages and grade levels so that "writing is taught well, not simply assigned." You simply won't believe the variety of engaging lessons and innovative activities to help writers of all ages learn the skills and practice the craft of writing.
When you get to the site you'll see an introduction.
Visually, the site has lots going on and so much content it may seem a little overwhelming.
Stay focused to find what you need.
Use the menu on the left side of the screen to access:
*Writing Prompts - This page generates over 500 writing prompts or ideas for topics for a written paper or assignment.
*Mentor Text Lessons - JACKPOT! This section is full of lessons specific to learning Idea Development, Voice, Sentence Fluency, Organization, Word Choice and more. Instruction and activities are based on picture books, chapter books, literature, poetry, short stories, and iPod inspired lessons.
*6 Trait Resources - Get all kinds of ingenious teacher-created ideas, lessons, and activities to motivate students to write - and write well.
*Writing Process - Get pre-writing ideas, and learn to compose rough drafts, edit, revise, proofread and evaluate writing.
*Tools for the Writing Classroom - A GOLDMINE of writing tools awaits you here that will motivate the most reluctant writers.
Get daily writing prompts, mini writing lessons, try creative journaling, discover creative "Post-It" use, enjoy family writing projects, and writing projects that incorporate art. Get lessons that appeal to boy writers, and explore some author studies.
*Writing Genres - Learn how to write to inform, persuade, and narrate. Practice skills for creative writing, poetry, and business writing.
*Writing Across The Curriculum - Learn to use writing assignments and activities that incorporate subjects like history, science, and math.
A description of what is available at this site simply doesn't do it justice.
This is a remarkable resource and it gets a ClickSchooling Award for Excellence.
Diane Flynn Keith
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