There is nothing more frustrating than hearing, "I need an annotated bibliography for this report". Especially when you have no idea what the teacher is talking about. This site pilots its reader through the process in a breeze. The step-by-step guide explains the purpose of each component for flawless entry and the correct procedure. Each module includes a sample and a sample entry. The modules include “What is an Annotated Bibliography?” “Purposes of Preparing an Annotated Bibliography,” “Choosing Sources for your Bibliography,” “Format of the Bibliographic Entry,” “Writing Critical Commentary,” and “Sample Annotated Bibliography Entries.”
Trying to teach parts of speech and pulling your hair out? Try this interactive site that allows students a chance to place in correct grammar and out pops a wacky story to share. The Houghton Mifflin Company’s Education Place offers Wacky Web Tales
a site offering a variety of stories for students grade three and above. This site can be a formative assessment, reinforcement of sentence structures, or parts of speech review.You'll love this one!
Developed by a team at the MIT Media Lab, Scratch is a free programming language and online community where students can create and share their own interactive stories, games, and animations. In the process of designing and programming Scratch projects, young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively. When students learn to code in Scratch, they learn important strategies for solving problems, designing projects, and communicating ideas. This innovative product is available in more than 40 languages. -tech and learning
If you need ideas for national poetry month, visit
this site, which houses 30 poetry activities for the month. There you'll find links to freebies, poetry readings, videos, and more. Start now by ordering a free National Poetry Month poster, or sign up for Poem-a-day and read a poem every day. Learn how important poetry is in the U.S. today, or attend a poetry reading at your local library. There's a bit of poem in each of us. You can make poets’ favorite foods and drinks using their hand-written recipes. Turn up the sound and hear poets read their works or watch videos of them speaking. One link takes you to a list of full length films that are about poets’ lives or that feature poetry such as Dead Poet Society and Big Bad Love.
Today's the day for all kinds of tricks and practical jokes. It’s also a great way to encourage students to do some creative writing. Give your students this extensive vocabulary list complete with approximately 150 words associated with April Fools’ Day. Check around the site and find some historical references along with poetry all related to this humorous holiday.
In order to gain fluency writers must utilize transitional words. Transitional words build a bridge from sentence to sentence or paragraph to paragraph.
Read through six different sentences to gain a better understanding of how transitions work. You can choose the best transition that connects the ideas placing it in the correct place in the given sentence. After practicing here, you'll be ready to try them on your own.
Kids love mysteries and this lesson plan from ReadWriteThink gives you the step by step on how to write a great mystery story. The plan includes several printouts that help students write their own mysteries with outline templates. One defines the elements of mystery, another is a graphic organizer, and a third is a story template that guides students through the writing. The peer editing sheet gives the specifics to look for in the partner’s mystery, and the mystery writing rubric helps both student and teacher assess the strength of the writing. You can catch the whole Mystery theme including story prompts on this website.
The Northern Nevada Writing Project offers dozens of lesson plans and activities to aid in teaching writing. Here is a lesson on prefixes, suffixes, and roots using, among other resources, the lyrics of the song Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield. This lesson plan includes a rap song about prefixes, suffixes, and roots, notes about root words, and add-ons, and a work sheet of commonly used prefixes to get any group of students in the groove. There is also a graphic organizer tied to the song Unwritten. Try this one out on your middle school students.
Having issues with writer's block? Here's a great site to get those mental gears moving again. Originally designed to help bloggers on mentally off days, it can be also utilized for journal style writing. No more days of staring at a blank screen. Just click on and let the Blog Post Ideas Generator go to work! If you don't like the topic given, just hit the generator again and again. This is a great tool if you are implementing web design and teaching students how to design their own blog.
What makes science fiction so exciting? I know there are many Giver fans out there already! What not get started on your own sci-fi fantasy that will entice your own audience? Click on this site and read some examples of this genre and then create your own science fiction story about space travel. Use the supplied "travel guide" to generate ideas and structure your plot.
Valerie Bourbour is a certified educator and past Co-Director of The Academy of Ormond Beach. Ms. Bourbour has experience in online learning platforms and aims for student success.