|Activities for Writing||Jarek Krajka's activities and resources||Rita Zeinstejer's activities|
|Student E-mail & Web Projects||Publishing Students' Work||Using Online Discussions for Writing|
Purdue Online Writing Lab <http://owl.english.purdue.edu/> (OWL) -- special ESL section at http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/678/01/; writing resources for ESL students and teachers; includes handouts with instructions and exercises for all areas of general and academic writing, including essays, grammar and mechanics, the writing process, and more
PaperStarter <http://www.paperstarter.com/resources/resources-for-the-essay-writer> -- links to resources for writing essays, including topics and theses, different types of essay, organization, grammar & syntax, and plagiarism
Writer's Web <http://writing2.richmond.edu/writing/wweb.html> -- from the U. of Richmond's Writing Center; includes the stages of the writing process and writing in the disciplines, e.g. sciences and social sciences, French
Charles Darling's Principles of Composition <http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/composition/composition.htm> -- links to exercises, sample essays, explanations on The Writing Process, Structural Considerations, and Patterns of Composition
The ESOL Essayist: Writing the Five-Paragraph Essay <http://www.edb.utexas.edu/pbl/ESOL/index.htm> -- a tutorial with explanations, examples, self-tests, peer review handouts, and assessment rubrics; includes Teacher Resources (handouts in Word) with examples of scaffolding activities
SUNY Geneseo's Online Writing Guide <http://writingguide.geneseo.edu/> -- includes GENERAL ADVICE (What is Good Writing?, Audience & Purpose, Organization, Lucidity & Simplicity, Care & Imagination, Conventions of Writing), PROCESS (Composing, Writing Essay Exams), FORM (Formal & Informal, Grammar & Usage, Common Errors, Myths), REFERENCE (Research & Writing, Writing in a Discipline, Marking Key, Other Writing Sites)
Writer's Handbook <http://www.wisc.edu/writing/Handbook/> (Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison) - Stages of the Writing Process (Getting Started, Drafting, Revising, Proofreading), Common Types of Writing Assignments (How to write literary analyses, lab reports, etc.), Grammar and Punctuation (How to avoid common mistakes), Improving your Writing Style (How to write more clearly and persuasively), Citing References in Your Paper (APA, MLA, CBE, plagiarism, etc.)
Writing Help on Three Levels: Sentence, Paragraphs, and Essays <http://www2.actden.com/writ_den/tips/contents.htm> -- Good basic rules for intermediate to upper intermediate students
Adam Turner's writing resource web <http://hanyangwriting.tripod.com/> -- excellent guidelines for academic writing, letter writing, email format, TOEFL essay, resume writing, as well as grammar and citations
Web English Teacher <http://www.webenglishteacher.com/writing.html> -- Argument and Persuasive Writing, Autobiography, Biography, and Memoir Writing, Book Reports, Business Letters & Resumes, Creative Writing, Descriptive Writing, Expository Writing, Narrative Writing, Publishing Student Writing, Research and I-Search, Papers, Six Traits and 6+1 Traits Writing, Writing about Literature, Miscellaneous Writing Sites and Ideas
The ESL Study Hall <http://home.gwu.edu/~meloni/eslstudyhall> (by Christine Meloni)-- includes WRITING (Punctuation quiz, Writer's Web--online writing handbook--Writing Help for academic/business/technical/fiction/grant/online writing)
10 Sites That Check For Plagiarism <http://www.grammarcheck.net/review-10-sites-that-check-for-plagiarism/> -- review of free/trial/pay sites that check for plagiarized passages
Graphic Organizers provided by
Education Place <http://www.eduplace.com/graphicorganizer/>
EdHelper.com <http://www.edhelper.com/teachers/General_graphic_organizers.htm> -- General (topic-main points - supporting points), Cause-Effect, Storytelling, Misc.
Cause & Effect (9)
Expanded Venn Diagram (similarities/differences/overlaps)
Professional Writing (resumes, cover letters, email, business letters)
Tips, Tools, Resources <http://www.smcvt.edu/experience/careers-and-internships-new/tips.aspx> -- Saint Michael's College's Careers & Internships Office: Writing a Resume; Resume Example; Writing a Cover Letter; Cover Letter Examples
Marking Mate <http://writingtools.xjtlu.edu.cn:8080/mm/markingmate.html> -- checks for language and style
SpellingCity.com <http://www.spellingcity.com> -- SpellingCity is an online spelling program to help improve spelling skills; contains over 30,000 spelling words, including plurals, contractions, future and past tenses; uses a REAL human voice that says both the word and the word in a sentence; teachers and parents can enter and save their own spelling lists for their students/children; students can play games with their words or any saved lists; teachers and parents can save and share their lists; the forum allows teachers and parents to share lists and ideas
WordQ & SpeakQ <http://www.wordq.com/> -- software tool used along with standard writing software. WordQ suggests words for you to use and provides spoken feedback to help you find mistakes. Users of all ages who have problems writing and editing, particularly those with learning disabilities (LD), can benefit from using WordQ.
Worksheet Library <http://www.worksheetlibrary.com/subjects/languagearts/handwriting/> -- some free, downloadable worksheets, searchable by subject, grade levels, standards; worksheet for writing, e.g. cursive; sign up for a weekly free worksheet by email
(see also Student E-mail and Web Projects below)
The Story Starter <http://thestorystarter.com/> -- The Story Starter randomly generates 3,028,936,680 story starters or prompts. It can be used for short stories, novels, plays, scripts, or just for fun.
Electronic greetings -- select from the following to send virtual cards to friends and teachers: 123Greetings, American Greetings' free e-cards, Blue Mountain's free ecards, E-cards, some are animated!
Learning English on the Web <http://www.lang.uiuc.edu/r-li5/esl/> -- Online activities are broken down into listening and speaking, reading with understanding, and grammar and writing. In addition there are some great links to other ESL/EFL sites
How Stuff Works <http://www.howstuffworks.com> -- This site has explanations for how all sorts of "stuff" works from the mundane to the exotic and provides simple (and often very interesting) resource information for descriptive/process writing (Michael Robb).
Biography.com <http://www.biography.com/index.html> -- A biography is the story of somebody's life. At this site, you can find over 20,000 short biographies of famous people! Just type the name of the person you're looking for into the search box at the top of the page. (Click on Features to play some interesting biography games.) PROJECT: After you read a few biographies, write a biography of your friend or classmate. First, make a list of questions to ask. For example, you might as where he/she was born, or what their childhood was like. Or maybe you can ask about their family or an interesting hobby they have. After you interview him/her, write down all your information into his/her life story.
Internet Movie Database <http://www.imdb.com/> -- If you like movies, you'll love this site. The IMDB is the biggest movie web site and has lots of great information about movies, movie stars, movie characters, and lots more! You can use the search box to find information. Just type in the name of a movie, or actor, or character. You can even find movies that have a special quote or plot. PROJECT: Choose your favorite movie or actor. Use the search box to find information. Write a short report about the most interesting information. Now tell your classmates about your movie or actor, but don't tell them the name. Can they guess what movie or actor you're talking about?
Jarek-Krajka's-writing-activities-and-resources (from Using the Internet in ESL Writing Instruction. The Internet TESL Journal, Vol. VI, No. 11 (November 2000). The following quotations were taken from the article.
Suggested Activities for Developing Language Skills:
go to an agony column and work in groups to answer letters, do editing, discuss possible solutions.
work on biographies: do research and compare different sources.
work on pets and the different choices in countries round the world
compare celebrations/ festivals and produce reports.
use sites provided by museums to work with famous paintings, comparing views/ interpretations: writing descriptions, report
visit Disney virtually and write a letter to a friend.
The Death Clock <http://www.deathclock.com> -- The famous Death Clock will tell you the exact day that you will die. It will even count down the seconds for you! Just enter your birthday and sex, and the Death Clock will give you the bad news. Check out the Dead Letter Room to read some interesting email. PROJECT: Of course, this site is not very scientific. The computer just subtracts your age from the average life span of a man or woman. It doesn't ask you about your health or your lifestyle. But, IF you really could know the exact day that you would die, would you want to know that information or not? Why or why not? IF you knew the exact day, would you live your life differently? If so, how would it be different? Write a short report or have a discussion in class.
Tech&Learning, September 13, 2010
While creating digital magazines or newspapers can be done in a word processor, there are dedicated sites that elevate this art to a whole new level.
Top 10 sites for Creating Digital Magazines/Newspapers -- by David Kapuler
Issuu - One of the most popular and successful online digital magazine creators/publishers around, with a very nice user interface.
Yudu - Upload a document or PDF to create an online magazine that can be emailed our or embedded into a site.
Fodey - A fun site to create a newspaper and then download to print out or put on a blog or site.
Zinepal - A great way to bring the news to students by "clipping" online articles. This is a wonderful site for those making the move to ebook readers.
Paper.li - A fantastic site to turn Twitter into an online readable magazine.
Crayon - Create a professional-looking newspaper with this nice online creator. There are several options to choose from, so it has a bit of a higher learning curve.
Student Web Projects ("Shopping for Necessities near Saint Michael's College," "Area Restaurants Recommended by Saint Michael's College Students," and "The Most Interesting Shops in Downtown Burlington") created by Christine Bauer-Ramazani's Intensive English Program students in summer 2000 and February 2003. See them in their original form and published by Topics--An Online Magazine for Learners of English (http://www.topics-mag.com/ ) and read my discussions of these projects: "Integrated Skills CALL Unit: Student Web Projects" in Topics Online Magazine's Teacher's Corner and on the students' web site. The students used ALL of their skills to construct the information--speaking with NSs for the surveys and interviews they did, writing in different genres/formats--note-taking, email, description, letter, etc., lots of reading and proof-reading, and of course lots of listening to each other and to the NSs they interviewed!
Learning in Tandem <http://www.zfa.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/ils/lernen/index.html.en>
-- Language learning in tandem partnerships
Topics Online Magazine for Learners of English <http://www.topics-mag.com/writing/writing-page.htm > -- 1997-2008; Learners of English as a second language consider topics of interest to them, express their ideas and opinions and illustrate their writings and drawings and photos. Interactive features include readers' responses, teachers' viewpoints, language help, polls, quizzes and interviews. The "Looking at Language" link includes a discussion of Academic Dishonesty (Cheating on exams), with photos and related idioms. Ghost and Spirit Stories, Personal Narratives, Poetry, Essays, Short Stories, Dialogs; submit your work to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Web-based discussion groups
Subscribe yourself to the following free web-based "course management tools" and try them out. All of these offer discussion or message boards. Several incorporate features that allow you to teach a whole class online, providing file-sharing, links-sharing, a calendar, voice chat, and more. There are more free providers, but I've had the best experience with the ones below, in this order.
Yahoo!Groups has the big advantage that it gives the user the option to have postings sent out as email messages also. In other words, students don't have to log in each time to read new postings and react to them. They can do it right from their email manager. To hold a threaded discussion, follow the same instructions as in 1. above.
-- Comprehensive web portal with a wealth of resources for students and teachers
of English (ESL/EFL). Interactive Exercises, Message Boards, ELT Book Catalogue,
Good School Guide, Web Directory, World News, Learning and Teaching Links, Cool
Tools, and more ...