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Links to Learning: Language Arts 6-8

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99 Words to Use Instead of Said List of words to use instead of the word "said."

ABCs of the Writing Process A primer on the ABCs of the writing process, this site is chockfull of helpful tips, strategies and links related to prewriting, writing, revising, editing and publishing student work.

Merriam-Webster; Thesaurus.com Dictionary and thesaurus (on-line).

ePals Membership is free. Students can sign up to use monitored email accounts to communicate with other kids in over 191 different countries around the world (instant translation available). ePals also offers moderated discussion boards and password-protected chatrooms, or contribute to international, multilingual, collaborative projects. Find partners and friends worldwide quickly and easily with our search tool.

Graphic Organizers Downloadable graphic organizers in PDF. Includes cluster web, KWL chart, problem-solution chart, spider map, timeline, story map, sequence chart, flow chart and more!

Guide to Writing a Basic Essay If you follow a few simple steps, you will find that the essay almost writes itself. You will be responsible only for supplying ideas, which are the important part of the essay anyway.
Finding Information on the Internet: A tutorial An introduction to the Internet including search strategies. This tutorial presents the substance of the Internet Workshops offered by the Teaching Library at UC Berkeley.

LEO - Literacy Education Online Offers some wonderful tips on writing from parallelism and paraphrasing to punctuation and plagiarism. There is information for the non-native English speaker, pointers for pesky grammar troubles and specific advice for varying writing styles. The site is organized by problem - “When do I use a dash?” - and gives straightforward answers with several examples.
Marco Polo OUTSTANDING site for accessing lesson plans, student activities, reviewed Web sites and other MarcoPolo resources. Keywords: writing poetry, writing games, or writing letters, for example; check "Language Arts" in the Subject box, "3-5" in the Grade Level box.
Media Awareness Network Jo Cool or Jo Fool is an interactive online module that takes students through a CyberTour of twelve mock Web sites to test their savvy surfing skills. It is also accompanied by an extensive Teacher’s Guide, that contains background information for teachers, and questions and classroom activities for students, about online issues such as marketing, privacy, safety, responsible Internet use and authenticating information.

Mythography Let the folks at Mythography help you keep Romulus straight from Remus and round up all those ancient Greek free spirits. This site presents overviews of Roman, Greek and Celtic mythology along with a lexicon, and veritable who's who of gods, goddesses, heroes and heroines. You can also try your hand at a quiz, participate in a discussion forum or check out the bibliography of recommended resources.

PoetryExpress This site was made to help students develop their own poems and to also read other creative poems.
Read - Write - Think On this website teachers can find creative lesson plans that are guaranteed to keep the class engaged. (Keywords: reading, writing, brainstorming, problem-solving)

Rhymezone Short on frills, but can help you pinpoint rhymes, near rhymes, synonyms and quotes from famous texts for just about any word you'd like. There are also a few quizzes, games and miscellany thrown in for fun.

The UVic Writer's Guide Everything you will need to write using writing process including the types of essays, planning, organizing, researching, proofreading, and sample essays.
Web English Teacher Educators can take advantage of online technology to share ideas and to benefit from the work of others. Beginning teachers can find guidance; experienced teachers can find inspiration. Think of it as the faculty library and faculty workroom on a global scale.

What Makes a Good Short Story A site to help you construct a plot, explore points of view, create a character, describe the setting, and analyze themes.

Word Central A site dedicated to the improvement of student vocabulary! At Word Central kids can look up words, create their own dictionaries and browse the rhyming word bank for a bit of help in poetry composition. Don't miss the Daily Buzzword which highlights a word, its etymology and uses. You may not be able to rid yourself of 'like' entirely; but, surely having more words to choose from is a good start!

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