Monday, November 10, 2014

Great Interactive Writing Site

I can't say enough good things about ReadWriteThink! I'm sure many of you have used it before, but everytime I look at it, I find something new!
The mission of ReadWriteThink, is to provide "the highest quality practices in reading and language arts instruction by offering the very best in free materials.
Lesson plans on ReadWriteThink are based on the IRA/NCTE Standards for the English Language Arts and also are aligned to individual state standards and, when applicable, to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). These alignments were provided courtesy of a collaborative project between the Verizon Foundation and EdGate."
Beyond fun writing opportunities each an overview, lessons that use this interactive, planning sheets for students, and related classroom & professional development resources. Most of the resources are adaptable for K-12.
All of the posts and descriptions below are from

CD/DVD Cover and Liner Creator

"The CD/DVD Cover Creator allows users to type and illustrate CD and DVD covers and related booklets for liner notes and other information. Students can use the tool to create covers for books, music, and films that they explored as well as to create covers for media they compose individually or as a class."

Newspapers, Brochures and Flyers

"The interactive Printing Press is designed to assist students in creating newspapers, brochures, and flyers. Teachers and students can choose from several templates to publish class newspapers, informational brochures, and flyers announcing class events"

Flip Books

"The Flip Book is designed to allow users to type and illustrate tabbed flip books up to ten pages long. Students and teachers can use the flip book for taking notes while reading, making picture books, collecting facts, or creating question and answer booklets."

Book Cover Creator

"The Book Cover Creator is designed to allow users to type and illustrate front book covers, front and back covers, and full dust jackets. Students can use the tool to create new covers for books that they read as well as to create covers for books they write individually or as a class."

Riddle Writer

"Central to the tradition of these poems is the use of language: good riddles rely upon creative use of metaphor, simile, and metonymy; concrete imagery; and imaginative presentation and description of an object or concept."

Expository Writing

"Expository writing is an increasingly important skill for elementary, middle, and high school students to master. This interactive graphic organizer helps students develop an outline that includes an introductory statement, main ideas they want to discuss or describe, supporting details, and a conclusion that summarizes the main ideas. The tool offers multiple ways to navigate information including a graphic in the upper right-hand corner that allows students to move around the map without having to work in a linear fashion. The finished map can be saved, e-mailed, or printed. "