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An informal network of researchers, faculty, and writing program administrators whose work focuses on writing across the curriculum. The organization's website includes the very useful WAC Clearinghouse
--resources related to the teaching of writing in any discipline, as well as a collection of research reports and articles.
Helpful Writing Websites
This site provides educators and students access to the highest quality practices and resources in reading and language arts instruction.
Hemingway App makes your writing bold and clear. Hemingway highlights long, complex sentences and common errors.
Wordcounter ranks the most frequently used words in any given body of text. Use this to see what words you overuse (is everything a "solution" for you?) or maybe just to find some keywords from a document.
StoryToolz offers a few tools to help you edit your work. The Cliché Buster analyzes your work to find clichés that you have used in your writing. The Readability tool analyzes your text to estimate a reading level on several scales.
Toasted Cheese is a site that offers a monthly calendar of daily writing prompts. The whole month is laid out for you with a different prompt each day. Don't see anything you like on the current calendar? That's okay, click through the previous months to find old prompts.
Quill is a service that provides an updated take on the old writing worksheets that most of us used in elementary school and middle school. The service offers more than just the writing practice activities, but that is its core feature. Here's how it works; students sign-in (email is not required) to find the worksheets that you have assigned to them.
The Hero's Journey
The Hero's Journey is an online writing activity produced by Read Write Think. The Hero's Journey is an interactive resource that teaches students about the key elements required in developing a myth about a heroic character. The lessons are rooted in stories like The Odyssey. After reading about the elements required in a good hero story students can create their own stories by using the template provided by Read Write Think.
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