More than just a website, Figment is a fantastic online community that encourages students to share their writing with one another and inspire each other to new heights of creativity. The site offers a wealth of information on both reading and writing, helping students find and recommend new books and authors. It also provides brilliant writing prompts to help students with writers block or those who just don’t know where to start. From sonnets to mysteries to sci-fi novels, the online community caters for all tastes and interests, making it a great starting point for teens who haven’t yet found their literary niche. And with exciting contests, groups and forums, it’s a great interactive experience with lots to grab students’ attention and help them get writing and get involved!
This fantastic website has it all – up-to-date resources for teachers and parents with innovative new ideas and articles on teaching creative writing, plus great tools for students helping them to explore different forms of writing, from exposition and narrative to persuasive rhetoric.
3. Writing Fix
This great website offers prompts to help reluctant writers get started, but it also approaches writing from a cross-curriculum perspective, making it particularly useful for students who are struggling with their writing in all subjects, not just creative writing or English. With different genres of writing tackled, the site enables students to work on their essay and non-fiction style, and also includes a wide range of ‘mentor texts’ to help both students and teachers.
Ideal for both introducing younger kids to poetry and engaging older students with the genre in a fun and creative way, this simple site is a digital form of the popular fridge poetry fridge phenomenon. Students are given a blank white screen and a group of ‘magnetic’ words to position how they choose, taking the pressure out of creating poetry and making it a fun and creative experience. New words can be added at any time if students get stuck, and the final result can be saved and shared with other students or parents.
A great student writing aid, Grammarly allows students to check the spelling and grammar of their writing, whether creative pieces or homework assignments, before handing it in. Claiming to correct up to 10 times more mistakes than popular word processors, it also helps students expand their vocabulary by offering improved word choices with context-optimised vocabulary suggestions.
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