K-12 Language Arts
Writing Sites
by
Gina Otto
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LANGUAGE ARTS RESOURCES, LESSONS AND INTERACTIVE SITES
General Language Arts 
(& Combination) Sites
Reading Sites 
(Books, Lessons, Literature)
Writing Sites 
(Grammar, Poetry)
 Some Sites are repeated
Writing Sites

ALPHABETS FOR KIDS - http://alphabetsforkids.net
Printables,worksheets and activities for learning

BLUE BOOK OF GRAMMAR AND PUNCTUATION - http://www.grammarbook.com/ _
You don’t need to sign in or up. This guide, written by Jane Straus, is divided into two sections:  grammar and punctuation.  Each is further organized into rules with examples (navigate these with the drop-down menus), exercises and tests.   The quizzes are not interactive (print them instead) and include answer keys on the same page.  A print edition of The Blue Book is also available for purchase.

BRIGHT IDEAS FOR WRITING - http://eduplace.com/cgi-bin/searchengine.cgi
Type in "Bright Ideas for Writing" and up comes a plethora of ideas for writing across the curriculum, from song writing to comic strips. "It's in the Bag" is an activity where students create a setting for descriptive writing. Grades 1-8 from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

<>BUSY TEACHER:528 FREE ADJECTIVES WORKSHEETS - http://busyteacher.org/classroom_activities-grammar/adjectives-worksheets/
Sign up for a free Busy Teacher membership and get acess to the worksheets,ranked by popularity, rating, number of comments, or submission date. There is a search box in the upper righthand corner. You can also submit your own worksheets.

COMMON ERRORS IN ENGLISH - http://public.wsu.edu/~brians/errors/errors.html
An intensive listing of words which are commonly misused. Sometimes the easiest way to learn proper grammar, is to learn what NOT to say. There are no line breaks so it's hard on the eyes. But the alphabetical listing makes it easy to find a word you question. Go to the link of non-errors and justify your idiom!

COMMONLY CONFUSED WORDS – http://www.surfnetkids.com/resources/commonly-confused-words

DAILY GRAMMAR - http://www.dailygrammar.com
Like Word a Day, you can receive a daily lesson or access the archives for daily grammar lesson. - This is a mail list.

<>DAILY WRITING TIPS - MISUSED WORDS - http://www.dailywritingtips.com/category/misused-words/

rTHE ENGLISH ROOM - http://www.msrogers.com/
For teachers who wish to explore poetry with their students, take a look  at 30 Days of Poetry.  Students have a poetry writing assignment each of  the 30 days, or teachers can assign several types of poems for students to experience. Research Using Technology has an activity where students research a word using several sources, then write short essays about what they discovered. Check out this site for other creative ideas that English and writing teachers can incorporate into their curriculum.

FIN, FUR AND FEATHER BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (FFFBI) HEADQUARTERS - http://www.fffbi.com/hq.html
This is so cute!! The site uses interactive stories and original thinking games to get kids to solve mysteries and learn crucial skills such as using the Internet for research and investigation, reading, and writing. The project encourages exploration of a wide range of subjects from math and science to geography, genetics and history. Admittedly, it's also, as one kid wrote, "freaky weird." Thank goodness, there is a section for teachers which helps explain what's going on.
yFINAL YEAR PROJECTS - http://final-year-projects.com/
Mike Hart's site will help you with practical sources of advice to help you successfully write your final year project, dissertation or thesis. This should help all third year students and many postgraduate students who are writing a thesis or dissertation.

FREE ADJECTIVES WORKSHEETS - http://busyteacher.org/classroom_activities-grammar/adjectives-worksheets/
Sign up for a free Busy Teacher membership and get access to the worksheets, ranked by popularity, rating, number of comments, or submission date. There is a search box in the upper righthand corner. You can also submit your own worksheets.

GRAMMAR - http://www.surfnetkids.com/resources/grammar/
Links to grammar sites by Barbara J. Feldman include punctuation, diagramming sentences, adjectives, commas, parts of speech games, active and passive voice, and other links on the righthand side of the site. Check it out.

GRAMMAR BYTES - http://www.chompchomp.com/
Robin Simmons' collection of interactive exercises, terms, rules and handouts for students and teachers; there's about a dozen online activities to take part in and the handouts are pretty well put together: comma splices, fused sentences, irregular verb usage. I especially like the way the handouts reinforce the work students are doing on the website.

GUIDE TO GRAMMAR AND WRITING - http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/
Pull down menus, ask the site (questions), this is a great site for  everything grammar from words and senetences to essarys, paragraphs, quizzes. There is even a section that explains when to use numbers as words and when to use the numerals.

HAIKU FOR PEOPLE - http://www.toyomasu.com/haiku
How to write Haiku, its history and examples are on this page, with links to poems both classical and written by people.

INTERNET RESOURCES ON CITING: THE TRADEMARK OF A GOOD WRITER - http://www.marcaria.com/internet-resources-on-citing-the-trademark-of-a-good-writer.asp
This is an interesting site recommended by students from Daly City who used my site as a starting point to learn research paper construction and citation. This site explains why citing is important, when citing is needed, and tools to help with citation among other things. Thanks "teach" for your letter.

KIDLIT - http://mgfx.com/Kidlit/
Online work by kids for kids.....a great way to motivate the budding authors and illustrators in your classroom.  Also  a good selection of literature and art by kids of various ages, and a full length time travel novel..

<> LEXICAL FREE NET - http://www.lexfn.com/
Type in any two words and look for synonyms, antonyms, rhymes, anagrams and more. There's even an option to find words in the database with similar spellings.

<>MONSTER MOTEL - http://www.kidsonthenet.org.uk/motel/
Enter the creepy house at this address and be ready to scour the place for monsters! Children are invited to read about monsters other kids have created and then try their hand at making and writing about their own.
 
<>OUTTA RAY'S HEAD - http://home.cogeco.ca/~rayser3/
 A collection of lesson plans with handouts by Ray Saitz and many contributors; all of the lessons have been used and refined in the classroom.  Contents contain literature, writing and poetry.

<>POETRY WRITING - http://teacher.scholastic.com/writewit/poetry/index.htm 
Jack Prelutsky, author of many poetry collections for kids, including "It's Raining Pigs and Noodles" and "The New Kid on the Block" reads a poem then shares writing tips that he uses when he write his poems, as well as ideas for revising work. Also Karla Kuskin (grades 4-8) and Jean Marzollo (grades 2-5) give workshops.  Also meat Nikki Giovanni.

QUICK AND DIRTY TIPS: GRAMMAR GIRL - http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/grammar-girl
This is "your friendly guide to the world of grammar, punctuation, usage, and fun developments in the English language." For example..."Apostrophes are one of the more confounding punctuation marks. If you search for signs with ‘grammar errors' online, most of the results will likely include an apostrophe error (which is actually a punctuation error, not a grammar error)." Her frequent tips include articles (readable at her website) and podcasts that you can listen to one at a time (via the website) or subscribe to on iTunes. I like the tip about formatting internal dialogue and how to format URLs in text. Try this site out, it's amazing.

rTWENTY FIVE AWESOME ANCHOR CHARTS FOR TEACHING WRITING -
http://www.weareteachers.com/blogs/post/2014/09/08/25-awesome-anchor-charts-for-teaching-writing?utm_source=FB&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=ZanerBloserSFW
Teacher made charts with great ideas for all grades. You won't believe some of the charts created by great teachers.


WACKY WEB TALES
- http://www.eduplace.com/tales/index.html
Like Mad Libs, kids create their own wacky stories and submit new ideas for other kids.

WORKSHEETS4TEACHERS.COM: WRITING PROMPTS - http://www.theeducatorsnetwork.com/main/worksheetfeature.htm
Changes Daily. Worksheets are ready to print and hand out to your students.

THE WRITE SOURCE - WRITING TOPICS - http://thewritesource.com/writing_topics/
Choose by grade level, select topic, and get started.

WRITINGDEN - http://www2.actden.com/writ_den/
This site, designed for students in grades 6 to 12, provides tips on writing, help with reading comprehension and even tools to improve vocabulary skills.

WRITING PROMPT SAMPLES - http://home.earthlink.net/~jhholly/pnarrative.html
Here are 20 personal Narrative writing prompt samples with scoring rubrics grades 4-5 and 6-8.

WRITE ME A STORY - http://www.kidscom.com/create/write/write.html
Each week the site challenges you to write a  story with the character, prop and place given. You send it in, KidsCom Kids vote on their favorites and the work of two kids from each age group end up in Stunningly Stupendous Stories every week." Votes are tallied in two divisions: eleven and under, and twelve and over.  Last week's story placed Dad and a parachute in the jungle.

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Last Updated December, 2015