NoRedInk.com is a web-based learning platform that helps students improve their grammar and writing skills. Generate grammar sentences using each kid’s favorite celebrities, hobbies, TV shows, and personal friends, making the content inherently interesting. Students can get unlimited practice -- which is important since it often takes a long time to learn new skills.
VocabAhead. Excellent site for grades 6-12/ Learn words faster and deeper through our innovative vocabulary building method. Study words, take quizzes, play crossword puzzle, track performance, create word lists, share them or import lists from other users.
The inklewriter lets you write as you play, branching the story with choices, and then linking those stories back together again. It keeps track of which paths you’ve finished, and which still need to be written. There’s no set-up, no programming, no drawing diagrams. Just start writing and see where it takes you. Oh, and it’s free to use. And once written, you can share your stories with whomever you like.
OuiWrite is such a wonderful site for ELA. While typing their paper OQ automatically searches for content they are typing about and find them sources. These sources can then be cited or added as a bibliography automatically. OuiWrite has other great features such as a: genius button (w/ a very cool counter point feature), built in dictionary/thesaurus, as well as the ability to check for plagiarism. OuiWrite has built in templates for creating different types of papers and bibliographies.
Debate.org has a slightly different format than the above sites. Debates are initiated by one site member challenging another to argue an issue. According to the site, “Each debate is made up of 1-5 rounds in which each member can post their arguments and rebut the arguments made by their opponent. Once both sides have posted their arguments, the members of the community vote for the winner.”
Similar to CreateDebate, ForandAgainst makes it very easy to create a debate using a three-part form. Members of the site can vote for or against an issue, as well, of course, state their own opinion in the comment section. There’s also a section for members to write and post articles about any issue of importance.
PBS Teachers Activity Packs. This compilation of resources across PBS programs is a treasure trove for teachers looking for lesson plans, audio, video, projects and interactive sites for reading and language arts, as well as geography, journalism, media studies, and cultural studies. The content is separated by grade level and subject matter.
Wordia is a visual dictionary that brings words to life through video. In addition to viewing the standard spelling, meaning, and etymology of a word, you can also view an "orator" give the information about a word along with their personal touches. Wordia allows you to set up free teacher accounts, and it has a great site tour, vocabulary games, and a blog with more information. Wordia is also building dictionaries in languages other than English, and you can help contribute!
BBC on Propaganda. This is an exhibit of Nazi propaganda with examples and commentary. Excellent way to get students writing....who is the target audience, what is the artist trying to convey, what are the underlining motives or themes, what examples of propaganda do we see today, discuss opposing views. Great way to tie into the Diary of Anne Frank.
VocabularySpellingCity is an educational website with 25 different learning activities including spelling tests, vocabulary Flashcards, HangMouse (like Hangman), Unscramble, and crossword puzzles. When teachers sign up for a free membership, they get their own homepages where they can enter and save customized word lists that their students can access. These word lists may be used in a variety of games and activities. Most are printable.
Lightning Bug is a story writing reference site for young adults. Whether they need help finding an idea, developing the idea, or finishing the story, Lightning Bug has a host of great references for all of them. There are even suggestions on where to get work published. A nice site that is rich with information, but still looks fun and inviting for the young adult crowd.
Essay Map is an easy-to-use webtool that allows students to graphically organize their thoughts and ideas as it relates to how they will form an informational essay. With individual prompts for introductions, main ideas, supporting details, and conclusions, this tool doesn't overwhelm the writer and allows them to focus on one step at a time.
Synonyms For is a web resource that lets users search and find synonyms of thousands of words. This is a comprehensive and simple to use resource that is perfect when students (and teachers) are stumped for a word to use or just want to improve their vocabulary. The site is simple to use, however there are many ads that line the pages.
BookClubIt is a easy site for teachers to run a book club for students. This discussion site lends itself to wonderful collaborations and communications about any book, but the database of literature from which users can select titles to discuss is vast. BookClubIt is a free site and signing up is a breeze which will allow users to be meeting and discussing their books in no time. Once you create a book club, you can send invitations- so only your students will be able to participate!