• The Neglected “R”: The Need for a Writing Revolution
“American education will never realize its potential as an engine of opportunity and economic growth until a writing revolution puts language and communication in their proper place in the classroom.” A report from the National Commission on Writing in America’s Schools and Colleges.
• The Nation’s Report Card – Writing
This site includes information on the writing achievement of American students as determined by the National Assessment of Educational Progress.
• About.com — Writing Instruction Resources for Secondary School Educators
Includes links to the following writing instruction resources: Grammar, Style and Mechanics, Essay, Paragraph and Research Paper Instruction, and Multi-featured Internet Writing Resources.
• Writing About Literature
This guide for students responding to literary texts was created as part of the online companion to The Norton Introduction to Literature.
• Word Processing and its Effect on the Writing Process
This article examines the effect of word processing on the writing of third through sixth graders.
• 6+1 Traits of Writing
A writing assessment model that identifies seven traits of successful writing. Provided by the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory.
• How to Start a Writer’s Workshop
This site includes information and advice from a district literacy trainer on running a writer’s workshop.
• Journal Writing Every Day: Teachers Say It Really Works!
“Education World talked with teachers who use daily journal writing in their classrooms.” This article also includes a thread for teachers to post ideas for writing prompts that work with their students.
• Gloria’s Web Site
“This web site is an online workshop for classroom teachers that are interested in implementing the writing process in their classroom.”
• Young Authors Workshop
Provides students with resources to help them through the writing process. Also includes some additional information for teachers. Mainly intended for middle school students (Grades 4 through 7).
• KAIROS: A Journal For Teachers of Writing in Webbed Environments
“An electronic journal designed to serve as a peer-reviewed resource for teachers, researchers, and tutors of writing, including such areas as composition studies, rhetoric, technical and professional writing, creative writing, and literary studies.”
• About.com — Creative Writing for Teens
A collection of resources to help develop creative writing skills.
• A+ Research and Writing for High School and College Students
Sections include: Step by Step – guide to researching and writing a paper, Info Search – finding information in cyberspace and in your library, Links – to great online resources for research and writing.
• The Nuts and Bolts of College Writing
This online guide includes information on thinking, style, structure, evidence, mechanics, and citation styles.
• The Five Paragraph Essay
Instructions on writing a five paragraph essay for junior high school students. This site includes information on getting started, writing the essay, and editing/revising. There are also prompts for narrative, expository, and persuasive essays and a section with tips and techniques.
• Paradigm Online Writing Assistant
Information for all stages of the writing process. Also covers different types of essays. Developed by Professor Chuck Guilford of Boise State University.
• Children’s Writing Resource Center
Whether you’re published, a beginner, or just someone who’s always dreamt of writing for kids, this site could be helpful. Includes information, exclusive Special Reports, messaging and live chat, the latest children’s bestsellers, links to other important sites and much more related to writing for children.
• OWL – Online Writing Lab (Purdue University)
Information for students and teachers on writing concerns including ESL, grammar, documenting sources, and writing across the curriculum.
• Guide to Grammar and Writing
Includes links to guides for good grammar at the sentence, paragraph, and essay levels; samples of difference forms of communication like business letters, resumes, memos, meeting minutes, application letters, agendas, and research papers; principles of composition; interactive quizzes; Ask Grammar!; Grammar English’s bookshelf; other online resources for writing; eminent quotables; and more.
• The Elements of Style
by William Strunk, Jr
This reference book concentrates on plain English style, rules of usage, and the principles of composition most commonly violated.
• ERIC Digest – Writing Instruction: Current Practices in the Classroom (2000)
• ERIC Digest – Grading Students’ Classroom Writing: Issues and Strategies (2000)
Discussion of technology and writing from Kindergarten-college.
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