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Combinations of sites can be used for one project. An example of a project might be to create a report for History, (or any subject) and hyperlink words throughout your report to link to places on the Internet.  These links should support your report, (data sites) and enrich it with additional facts.  Use a text editor such as "Word" or "Notepad" to type your vocabulary,  vocabulary words can be highlighted and copy them into Voycabulary. Vouycabulary is linked directly into several dictionaries, and the vocabulary words and their definitions will automatically appear in the window.  Use  Quizlet to learn the words for class. The report could be given to other students, and they would be responsible for reading the report as well as following the links to further information.  The student would give a brief report or a quiz, created by the original student who wrote the article, could be given to the reader.


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WordFlood, a free download for word replacement (Windows) WordFlood 1.2 is a powerful word replacement program designed to help writers, copywriters, article marketers, and 'private label rights' content users choose the best words and phrases during the creative writing and rewriting process. WordFlood 1.2 was formerly a paid program, but is now free! Watch the short demo video below, then scroll down to get your free copy!

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After the Deadline  We use artificial intelligence and natural language processing technology to find your writing errors and offer smart suggestions.  Check Spelling, Style, and Grammar.

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50 Useful Google Apps for Writers -    Writers, especially those who work from home or who juggle busy schedules around multiple assignments, have a lot to manage–note pads, sticky notes, brainstorming lists, correspondence with clients and editors, and even personal documents and materials that take up a lot of space and time. With its new applications and tools, Google continues to make it easier to manage all that. Below are some of our top picks for the most useful Google apps for writers.

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Ginger    I usually do not recommend programs that cost money, however this particular program is very exciting because of the learning possibilities. This particular video shows graphic examples of how teachers can track student progress in their writing abilities.  Video    Captain Planet    The mission of the Captain Planet Foundation is to give the next generation of environmental stewards an active understanding and love for the natural world in which they live. Our unique program of funding and supporting hands-on environmental projects is designed to encourage innovative initiatives that inspire and empower children and youth around the world as they work individually and collectively creating environmental solutions in their homes, schools and communities  Free or $$$


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Writing

  1. TeachEng.us    Blog
  2. Literacy.gov    The Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections
  3. WeBook - Writing Loves Company   Improve your writing skills! WEbook Writing Secrets are writing tips and tools brought to you by experts in the craft. Whether you're looking for tips on fiction writing, poetry writing, essay writing, or just general writing tips, WEbook Writing Secrets has you covered. New writing tips are added all the time - so come back often. Know a secret we don't? Visit WEbook Content Manager Melissa's profile and send her a message with the subject: Writing Secrets.
  4. 50 Useful Google Apps for Writers     Writers, especially those who work from home or who juggle busy schedules around multiple assignments, have a lot to manage–note pads, sticky notes, brainstorming lists, correspondence with clients and editors, and even personal documents and materials that take up a lot of space and time. With its new applications and tools, Google continues to make it easier to manage all that. Below are some of our top picks for the most useful Google apps for writers.
  5. Language is a Virus    
  6. Grammar Handbook   To edit your writing well, you need to understand some basic concepts about writing. Sometimes these concepts are called grammar, mechanics, or conventions. Sometimes they are called rules, but really these rules are just patterns that good writers try to follow so they clearly communicate what they want to say to readers
  7. Word RMR (Read in Microsoft Reader 1.1.3) is a Microsft Word 2000/XP/2003 Add-In that allows you to "use Microsoft Word 2000/XP/2003 to create your own Microsoft Reader eBooks. Microsoft Reader makes on-screen reading more like reading a printed book, while adding active reading capabilities" (OS: Win 98/ME/NT/2K/XP; website note: "In order to receive the full functionality of the Read in Microsoft Reader add-in, it is recommended that you install Microsoft Reader. RMR 1.1.3 is an update that enables conversion support for Word 2003. To learn more about Microsoft Reader, visit the Microsoft Reader Web site.")
  8. 50 Free Resources that will Improve your writing skills   Effective writing skills are to a writer what petrol is to a car. Like the petrol and car relationship, without solid skills writers cannot move ahead. These skills don’t come overnight, and they require patience and determination. You have to work smart and hard to acquire them. Only with experience, you can enter the realm of effective, always-in-demand writers
  9. Jing     Screen Capture
  10. Journal Writing Prompts   Writing prompts for topics in your journal
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  14. Important Sites and Tools
  15. Below you will find an explanation of the "writing tools" on the right side of the screen.  Use some of the sites alone, or in  combination with each other:
  16.   CSU Writing Center (Colorado State University)   Use this site to:
  17.     * learn to write
  18.     * save your work in a free password-protected account
  19.     * participate in Writing Studio Classes and Co-ops
  20.     * create ePortfolios
  21.     * get feedback on your writing
  22. We offer more than 150 guides and interactive activities for writers, as well as an extensive links list. We also offer extensive support for instructors.
  23. Reverse Dictionary, to use as a type of Thesaurus
  24. Media Share  VoiceThread  Share images, documents, videos.
  25. Text Analyzer for readability and complexity as well as text statistics
  26. Grammar, Spell Checker, Thesaurus Copy and paste your text.
  27. Grammar Bytes  Definitions and Exercises
  28. Diagramming Sentences   - (dl) Download     - Free   - Windows
  29. Journal prompts, for suggestions if I were writing a journal
  30. Poetry FormsPoetry Idea Machine, and Instant Poetry forms  for Poetry
  31. Lyrics finder, for lyrics
  32. Character Chart, if I were creating a fictional character
  33. Plot and Character Generator, if I were creating a story
  34. Book Report Ideas, if I needed a fresh idea for a book report
  35. Google Docs, for documents, spreadsheets or presentations
  36. Quote Finder, to find quotes to support my material
  37. Voycabulary, for word and web site definitions
  38. Punctuation, for quick reference about punctuation
  39. Grammar and Writing, for quick reference on these subjects
  40. Comix for creating  your own comic book
  41. Spell Checker, keep this open in a small window and use as needed.
  42. Web Page Creation,  for personal use or use as a reference in class
  43. Story Generator, for creation of my project, short story, etc.
  44. Writing Prompts, to help me with my story or assignment creation
  45. Resources for Writers,  to keep in mind the task in front of you. 
  46. Graph it, Create a graph and put it into your writing to prove your point.
  47. Synopses  - Where the map ends
  48. Synopses  - How to write one  Links
  49. Writing - Content Analysis  Analyze text content using our free text analysis tool which gives you statistics about a text including word count; unique words; number of sentences; average words per sentence; lexical density; and the Gunning Fog readability index.
  50. Writing -- One word. Simple. you'll see one word at the top of the following page.  You have sixty seconds to write about it.  As soon as you click 'go' the page will load with the cursor in place.  Don't think. just write.
  51. Writing - 50 Story Tools
  52. Writing - Story Generator   
  53. Writing Fix   interactive lessons and quality resources for classrooms where writing is taught, not just assigned. 
  54. One Sentence   One Sentence is about telling your story, briefly. Insignificant stories, everyday stories, or turning-point-in-your-life stories, boiled down to their bare essentials.       
  55. NaNoFiMo is a challenge to write at least 30,000 words on your unfinished novel draft and to reach a conclusion to the novel, between Dec. 1 and Dec. 31.
  56. Fiction Writer's character Chart    Once filled out, this chart helps writers get a firm grasp on characters.
  57. The Character Building Workshopis an independent study of your characters using these online questionnaires. The process of filling out the forms will help you, the writer, learn about your characters on a more in-depth level. Once the questions have been answered, you will know more about the roles your characters play in your story.
  58. Writing - Character Traits  "...make a Trait Chart for each character. This is especially helpful during the early stages of character development, before the character becomes as real to you as your mother. There are several charts of this sort available, some extremely detailed and some containing only facts and figures. I've tried to make one that includes the most important traits to help you visualize your character, both physically and emotionally..."
  59. Create Debate   CreateDebate is a new social networking community built around ideas, discussion and democracy. We’ve done our best to provide our community with a framework that makes compelling and meaningful debates easy to create and fun to use.
  60. World English  World-English aim to ensure that everyone can have access to the highest quality English language resources. 
  61. The Writing Center   In this section, you will find many instructional materials we've developed for our Writing Center teaching. However, there are limitations to these materials. Assignments vary, and different instructors want different things from student writers. Therefore, the advice here may or may not apply to your writing situation.
  62. Web English Teacher   Web English Teacher presents the best of K-12 English / Language Arts teaching resources: lesson plans, WebQuests, videos, biography, e-texts, criticism, jokes, puzzles, and classroom activities. Permission to link is granted to any educational site.
  63. 10 Universities Offering Free Writing Courses Online   Whether you are currently writing professionally or are looking to break into the field, formal writing courses can help you to hone your skills. If you don't have the money or the time for campus-based courses, there are plenty of universities offering free writing courses online.
  64. Lesson Writer  This site includes: user dictionaries, comprehensiion question options, enhanced class reporting features.  LessonWriter is a simple, fast and free tool for analyzing texts forliteracy teaching points that automatically creates comprehensive lessons and lesson plans from any material the teacher chooses.LessonWriter tracks classes, differentiates and scaffolds instruction, and save teachers a great deal of (usually unpaid) prep time
  65. ElectraGuide  Online tools for thesis statements and outlines.  Thesis Builder  Online tools for thesis statements and outlines. Use the topic – o – Rama to help you brainstorm. Use theCausinator as a cause-and-effect essay builder, and use the TubePrompter four real, rich and relevant video from YouTube.
  66. 750 Words  Every month you get a clean bowling-esque score card. If you write anything at all, you get 1 point. If you write 750 words or more, you get 2 points. If you write two, three or more days in a row, you get even more points. How I see it, points can motivate. It's fun to try to stay on streaks and the points are a way to play around with that. You can also see how others are doing points-wise if you're at all competitive that way.
  67. 1ne, 2wo, 5ver     One Two Fiver is a series of stretches for warming up your writing muscles.  Start with a single word.  Type it like you mean it.  Now write two words.  Move on to five…  Keep typing until you are writing
  68. Conjugation of Verbs
  69. Cliche Finder
  70. Confusing Words  Confusing Words is a collection of 3210 words that are troublesome to readers and writers. Words are grouped according to the way they are most often confused or misused.
  71. Character Traits   It can sometimes be helpful to make a Trait Chart for each character. This is especially helpful during the early stages of character development, before the character becomes as real to you as your mother. There are several charts of this sort available, some extremely detailed and some containing only facts and figures. I've tried to make one that includes the most important traits to help you visualize your character, both physically and emotionally.
  72. Crocodoc Edit, review documents.  Crocodoc converts Microsoft Office and PDF documents to HTML5 so your users can view and collaborate right in your web app.
  73. Revision - 7 Steps    Website overview: Since 1996 the Study Guides and Strategies Website has been researched, authored, maintained and supported by Joe Landsberger  as an international, learner-centric, educational public service. Permission is granted to freely copy, adapt, and distribute individual Study Guides in print format in non-commercial educational settings that benefit learners. Please be aware that the Guides welcome, and are under, continuous review and revision. For that reason, digitization and reproduction of all content on the Internet can only be with permission through a licensed agreement. Linking to the Guides is encouraged!
  74. Rubric    Want to make exemplary rubrics in a short amount of time? Try RubiStar out! Registered users can save and edit rubrics online. You can access them from home, school, or on the road. Registration and use of this tool is free, so click the Register link in the login area to the right to get started now.


Data Support

  1. Google Insights Trends   
  2. Google Trends    


Text Editors

  1. LyX  (Free)   LyX is a document processor that encourages an approach to writing based on the structure of your documents (WYSIWYM) and not simply their appearance (WYSIWYG).LyX combines the power and flexibility of TeX/LaTeX with the ease of use of a graphical interface. This results in world-class support for creation of mathematical content (via a fully integrated equation editor) and structured documents like academic articles, theses, and books. In addition, staples of scientific authoring such as reference list and index creation come standard. But you can also use LyX to create a letter or a novel or a theatre play or film script. A broad array of ready, well-designed document layouts are built in. 
  2. yWriter5  yWriter is a word processor which breaks your novel into chapters and scenes, helping you keep track of your work while leaving your mind free to create. It will not write your novel for you, suggest plot ideas or perform creative tasks of any kind. yWriter was designed by an author, not a salesman!yWriter5 is free to download and use, but you're encouraged to register your copy if you find it useful.
  3. Grammar - Daily - Best Tips  Understanding the basic grammar rules is essential for communicating efficiently, but most of us have forgotten those concepts years ago.  In order to solve this problem we decided to put together all the basic rules on a single page, so that you can use it as a refresher, or print it out for future reference. Enjoy!
  4. Grammar and Writing The Guide to Grammar and Writing is sponsored by the Capital Community College Foundation, a nonprofit 501 c-3 organization that supports scholarships, faculty development, and curriculum innovation. If you feel we have provided something of value and wish to show your appreciation, you can assist the College and its students with a tax-deductible contribution.


Generators

  1. Ambience Generator  Write with the 5 senses.
  2. Bonsai Story Generator     
  3. Divination Generator
  4. Fantastic Floral Generator
  5. Fancy Name Generator
  6. Personality Generator
  7. Robopoem
  8. Word Generator
  9. Idea Generator     When you are out of words, spin the wheel and find one. (write an essay)
  10. Seventh Sanctum  Welcome to Seventh Sanctum, a site of random tools for creativity and more!Here you'll find a collection of 'generators' that make random characters, plots, ideas, and more to use in your writing, games, art and more. 


Writing Meda Technologies

Common Craft  Wiki, RSS, Blogs, etc.      

TeachEng.us  

Read, Write, Think   

Web English Teacher   

Improve Reading Speed

Journal Prompts  

Lyric Finder   

Language is a Virus  Generate a writing exercise.

Livescribe    

Multimedia (DL)  

Outliner  LooseStitch  Lets you create and share outliner documents. Brainstorm ideas and get feedback. Ghostly

Pocketmod    The PocketMod is a new way to keep yourself organized. Lets face it, PDAs are too expensive and cumbersome, and organizers are bulky and hard to carry around. Nothing beats a folded up piece of paper. That is until now. With the PocketMod, you can carry around the days notes, keep them organized in any way you wish, then easily transfer the notes to your PDA, spreadsheet, or planner.


Plotbot    Screen writing online

Punctuation

Punctuation - Origins  

Prompter

Poetry

  1. Poetry Picture Writing  
  2. Poetry Forms
  3. Poetry Idea Engine    
  4. Poetry - Instant Forms
  5. Poetry Soup  
  6. Poetry / Writing on a Picture  PicLits.com is a creative writing site that matches beautiful images with carefully selected keywords in order to inspire you. The object is to put the right words in the right place and the right order to capture the essence, story, and meaning of the picture.




Writing Resources

  1. Timeline 
  2. Timeline - Dipity
  3. Timeline Forms     
  4. World Builder Projects   
  5. WordFlood 2.0 (download) $37
  6. Writers Resource
  7. 50 Free Resources for Writing
  8. Writing Prompts
  9. Writing - One Word  
  10. Writing on a Picture  
  11. Writing -50 Story Tools
  12. Word Play    
  13. Write-Word Replacement
  14. Writing Lab   (Timed)
  15. Writing Fix   
  16. Writing Tips, News, and Advice
  17. 100 Tools for Writers
  18. ElectraGuide  Online tools for thesis statements and outlines.  Thesis Builder  Online tools for thesis statements and outlines. Use the topic – o – Rama to help you brainstorm. Use theCausinator as a cause-and-effect essay builder, and use the TubePrompter four real, rich and relevant video from YouTube.




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