Writing Resources on the Web
GraphWords - a visual thesaurus that creates a word web that is interactive. Word webs can be saved as graphics.
Mastering the 5 Paragraph Essay - a guide for high school students.
Spelling Rules Resource - A handy list of links to sites with spelling games, rules, guidelines and more.
Hub for Teachers - Discovery Education's new site to help teachers inspire budding writers.
Read Write Think.org - Dozens of online activities for creative writing for grades K-12.
SpellingCity.com - More than 35,000 spelling words and 8 spelling games online.
KidsSpell - Spelling activities for students and tools for teachers such as the ability to upload lists for students to use in games online.
Make Beliefs Comix - have fun making a comic strip online and improve language, reading, and creative skills in the process. Easy interface and great fun to print.
Digital English - Accessed by VUSD staff and students through Ed1Stop. Resources to support parents and students in teaching English to grades K-5. Includes lesson plans, PowerPoint presentations and videos of lessons being taught. Videos require QuickTime player.
Instant Poetry Forms - more than 60 fill-in-the-blank poem activities. Once the poem is created you can copy and paste it to a word processor to change fonts, sizes, etc.
Limerick samples - Limericks for Kids
Rhyming Dictionary - Type in a word and find matches for rhymes, consonants, homophones, synonyms and more. Easy and fast! Great for poetry writing.
Jack Lynch's Grammar and Style Notes -- Problems with grammar? Check it out
Purdue On-line Writing Lab -- Need to know what punctuation to use where? Great site!
Elements of Style by William Strunk. When you want to know the difference "affect" and "effect" and other common grammar question, turn to this classic reference on grammar. The online version allows you to search for topics or browse them by subject.
Merriam Webster Student Dictionary - Look up a word in a snap!
Puzzlemaker -- Make your own word puzzles...an incredibly fun site
SchoolHouse Rock - Lyrics from the ABC television series including songs from "Grammar Rock"