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Writing Websites for Educators

Instructional Resources for Writing

Websites to Use with Students in Grades K-4

  • Online Publishing
    • Inkspot
    • Writer's Area for Kids space to publish short stories, poems and articles
    • Writing.com was among Writers Digest's 101 "Best Websites for Writers, 2005." It is an online community for writers of all ages, interests, and skill levels. Anyone may create a free portfolio and exchange feedback with other writers.
    • Mysteries by Kids from TheCase.com for Kids - Mysteries to solve, scary stories, magic tricks and contests
    • Cyberkids - Accepts stories, poems and art from children ages 7 to 12.
    • gigglepoetry.com - Accepts original poetry from children.
    • Stories from the Web - This site encourages children's participation with their own stories, reviews and Web club.
    • Stone Soup Magazine publishes authors up to age 14. Students can view online stories, poems, and artwork from this site.
    • Writer's Block from Fun Brain.com lets kids read what other kids think about many topics and may inspire your students to write their own thoughts down on paper.

Websites to Use with Students in Grades 5-12

  • Active Essay from Actden is an interactive essay-building tool that presents six questions that focus on various writing skills.
  • KidsReport.com is an online newspaper for kids and by kids. Kids write, edit and rate the articles.
  • Real Kids, Real Adventures Young Writers' Clubhouse is for young aspiring authors. Hosted by author Deborah Morris, the award-winning Clubhouse provides writing tips, true stories of young people who've had their work published, a FAQ and an "Ask the Author" option.
  • Purdue University's Online Writing Lab: Instructional handouts, workshops and presentations for students, starting places for online research and links to a collection of online resources for older students.
  • Step-by-Step Guide to Creative Writing for high school students and older written by Mr. Kirby.
  • Creative Writing for Teens from About.com contains many links to help young writers in the creative writing process.
  • Strunk's Elements of Style can be referred to for teaching English Composition and higher-level spelling skills.
  • Teenlit.com
  • StudentPress.org includes an incredible sourcebook for journalism students and their teachers.

This page last updated May, 2007.

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