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The Three Kinds of Writing



This page will continue to expand as sites are recommended and annotations are submitted.  Annotations are credited by initials of the institute participants.




This site focuses on the steps of the writing process, the six primary writing traits, different forms of writing, and evaluation using a common rubric.  (JRP)

ReadWriteThink, established in April of 2002, is a partnership between the International Reading Association (IRA), the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), and the MarcoPolo Education Foundation.  NCTE and IRA are working together to provide educators and students with access to the highest quality practices and resources in reading and language arts instruction through free, Internet-based content.  This site has lesson plan ideas for grades K-8; a link to the IRA/NCTE Standards for English Language Arts; link to Web Resource page , where even more ideas can be found.  (CM)

Intended for children’s book writers, this site offers information on writing in various genres, writing style, and revision.  (MF)

Purdue’s Online Writing Lab is on of the most valuable writing resources on the internet.  I use it to look up everything!  It has been helpful to me as a teacher and a graduate student.  I make sure that my senior students know exactly how to find it so that when they enter college or the job market they feel they have a writing buddy that can help them with any type of writing.  Some of the useful resources included on the site include:

· Ready to print handouts that you can use with your class.
· PowerPoint presentations that you can use with your class.
· Online explanations and examples of all types of writing
· The writing process
· Grammar
· Research
· Plagiarizing
· Paraphrasing
· Documentation styles
· Resumes
· Application letters
· ….the list is pretty endless.

Go to the site and explore.  It is easy to navigate and very well organized.  (RW)

This web site is designed to attempt to unify and clarify the process, modes, and forms of writing.  (RP)

A directory of educational resources for teachers, parents, students and educators.  (RP)

http://www.kde.state.ky.us/KDE/Instructional+Resources/High+School/English+Language+Arts/Writing/default.htm KDE's Writing Resources (in the "English/Language Arts - High School" section).  PDF and Word files which you can read, print, or download, including "Writing Development Teacher Handbook," "Prompt Writing Cautions," "Sharpen Your Child's Writing Skills," "Writing On-Demand Prompts," and more.



Discover writing with Barry Lane!  Includes lesson plans, fun stuff for kids, and information about all things Barry Lane.  (MF)

Outta Ray’s Head
Ray Saitz is a teacher in Ontario, Canada who has put together a incredible resource of lesson plans for teaching writing.  He started with his own ideas, but now many teachers from around the world have sent in lesson plans that are easily adaptable and proven successful.  Don’t be put off by the crazy name or the simplistic first page, this site is a gold mine of ideas.  His links page to other resources will also keep you interested for a while.  (RW)



Prompts are written to elicit writing for specific purposes.  Fifth-grade students write rough draft essays in response to a narrative prompt, eighth-grade students write in response to an expository prompt, and eleventh-grade students write in response to a persuasive prompt.  (JRP)

A list of mode-specific Writing Prompts.   Includes prompts for Business/Formal letter writing.  (JRP)






The Academe of American Poet’s site, Poets.org is an extremely valuable resource for teaching poetry.  Audio recordings, biographies, and of course poems are available.  Links to other sites about the poems are usually interesting as well.  They also have another program that is incredible the Online Poetry Classroom.  This site offers:

· Great Poems To Teach Compiled by Teachers & Writers Collaborative

· Curated Exhibits

· Literary Map of the U.S., a clickable map which includes photos, poems, and a literary history of 14 states

· A poetry timeline,

· 100 Best Poems to Memorize, collected by John Hollander and an advisory committee.

· Curriculum Units and Lesson Plans

· How to use audio recordings in the classroom

Don’t confuse this site with the cheesy poets.com that lets anyone post their own poetry…don’t go there.  (RW)




Ideas for journal writing in all classes.  Includes a handout of journal-writing tips.  (MF)





Teenink is a print magazine that has an edition on line with many different types of writing by teens.  In fact the only writing found there is by teens.  While I haven’t yet submitted any of my student’s writing to the site yet I plan to.  Some of the submissions are not that great so you may have to search to find what you are looking for.  My students enjoy reading these pieces because they know that they are written by teens.  (RW)

MidLink Magazine -an online publishing work by students



Plagiarism Stoppers:  A Teachers Guide


NCTE's resources for detecting and dealing with plagiarism




Want to find a rubric or make your own?  Click here for ways to help you assess writing and everything else!  (MF)

The 6+1 TraitTM Writing analytical model for assessing and teaching writing is made up of 6+1 key qualities that define strong writing.  (RP)


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 Last Modified 9/20/18