Showing posts with label writing fix. Show all posts
Showing posts with label writing fix. Show all posts

Friday, December 18, 2009

Words Like - A Simple, Visual Thesaurus

Words Like is handy little website for those times when you need a thesaurus. Words Like works in your choice of two ways. You can browse the word clouds or simply enter a word in the search box. Any word that you click on in either the word cloud or in the list generated by your search will lead you to at least one word with a similar meaning. Definitions are provided for every word on Words Like.

Applications for Education
Words Like could be useful for student writers that are in need of some new words to spice-up their writing.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Word Ahead Vocabulary Videos
WeboWord - Vocabulary Visualized
Lexipedia - Webbed Word Connections

Monday, May 25, 2009

Writing Den - Writing Tips

The Writing Den is a good little reference website for student writers. The Writing Den offers students a word of the day, tips on grammar rules, and tips on sentence and paragraph construction. For teachers the Writing Den offers seven ideas for using the resources on Writing Den in their classrooms.

Applications for Education
The Writing Den has a definite web 1.0 feel, yet still offers some good tips that can be used by students and teachers.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
Essay Map - Step-by-Step Help Constructing Essays
Grammar Bytes - Develop and Test Grammar Knowledge
Language Arts Links You Might Have Missed

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Confusing Words Clarified

Confusing Words is a handy little website for any student writer. Confusing Words is an index of 3210 words that are commonly confused or misused. If you're not sure if you should use the word "affect" or "effect" type either word into the Confusing Words search box and find your answer.

Applications for Education
Confusing Words could be a good reference tool for student writers. If you maintain a blog or wiki for your class, Confusing Words may be a resource worth linking to.

Here are a couple of related resources that may be of interest to you:
Writing Fix
Grammar Bytes

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Random Writing Prompts

Writing Fix is a comprehensive resource for writing teachers. Writing Fix features a random story prompt generator. What I like about about this particular prompt generator is that each prompt is created and submitted by real people and is reviewed by an educator before being included in the pool of prompts.

Writing Fix features so much more than just a random story prompt generator. Exploring the website a visitor will find ideas and plans for teaching all aspects of writing. Writing Fix offers a number of teaching strategies including a creative use of Post-It Notes which you can see by clicking here. And if you're looking for online learning activities for your students, Writing Fix has a nice collection in their classroom tools section.

A reader of this blog, Courtney Rudd, told me about Writing Fix and I'm glad she did because it is a great website.

Applications for Education
The human reviewed aspect of Writing Fix's prompt generator gives me a feeling of assurance that it could be used in any classroom without fearing that questionable content may appear. The collection of learning games and activities featured in the classroom tools section are great for students to learn and practice individually.