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TAGXEDO. If you like Wordle, you'll love Tagxedo. Just upload your picture (That's me!), add some descriptive words, and voila! Have students create a short speech or have them add the picture to their notebooks along with a paragraph or personal narrative. This took me five minutes to create. Get tips like this delivered to your inbox once a month by clicking here:

Lead sentences...hook your readers! This chart talks about the different types of leads writers use. Have students write a short story that starts with a different type of lead every day for a week.

Before you (or your students) publish anything, run rough drafts through this Hemingway app. It will highlight weak adverbs, find passive voice, and identify reading levels. Best of all - it's free. Get monthly tips like this one at