For a few hundred dollars a year, a class can watch excellent animated movies about writing and many other topics, along with additional online activities.
Plus, the movies are now closed-captioned, which is great for English Language Learners. Students can….create a tale using step-by-step instructions including images. Here, too, students are guided to create a simple story.
A great student writing aid, Grammarly allows students to check the spelling and grammar of their writing, whether creative pieces or homework assignments, before handing it in.
Claiming to correct up to 10 times more mistakes than popular word processors, it also helps students expand their vocabulary by offering improved word choices with context-optimised vocabulary suggestions.
He gives a good overview of what it offers, so I’d encourage you to go directly to his post.
I’d like to highlight one area of the site that I’m adding to this list.
It’s called Your Story Box, and is basically a simple cloze (gap-fill) activity where users fill-in the blanks with images that are converted into words. It’s a great exercise for Beginning English Language Learners. Scholastic has a wide variety of student model essays.
Look under Projects By Subject near the bottom right of the page.
The site offers a wealth of information on both reading and writing, helping students find and recommend new books and authors.
It also provides brilliant writing prompts to help students with writers block or those who just don’t know where to start.