Primary Teacher UK: 29 Useful Writing Sites

Primary Teacher UK: 29 Useful Writing Sites – My latest article on primaryteacher-uk.co.uk

29 Useful Writing Sites

Literacy

Linked to in this post; sites with:

  • Ideas and stimuli, including 300 creative writing prompts
  • Technical aspects of language, with grammatical pointers
  • Writing tools, such as author contact databases and writing frames
  • Sites to vary your children’s non-fiction reading diet
  • IWB-friendly sites for character description
  • High quality assessment

Enjoy!

Ideas / Stimuli

creative writing prompts  – 300 different ideas to get the creative writing process started. Not all of these are suitable at primary level but the majority of them are capable of being adapted.
languageisavirus.com – “Cure writer’s block!”. Well, I’m not sure about that but there are dozens of creative ideas aimed at adults but fully capable of being adapted for children. Great stuff!

ReadWriteThink – American-based site with some great English teaching ideas.
Pixar Shorts – Pixar’s short videos which could be easily used in English lessons relating to plot chronology/sequencing or as a time filler.
Wacky Web Tales  – Create your own stories and poems using these amusing and dynamic templates. Very good for consolidating teaching on different categories of words and phrases
“Kids on the net” – Creative writing, poetry, examples of pupils’ work, activities and games
Technical Aspects of Language

http://www.learnenglish.de/grammarpage.htmVery comprehensive and easy-to-use site with succinct definitions and examples relating to most grammatical terms.

Dr. Grammar – Frequently Asked QuestionsLess or fewer? Affect or Effect? Me, myself or I?

Using Commas – As it says. Simple advice, easy to follow.


Other

contactanauthor.co.ukAuthors in your area who are prepared to visit schools and give readings or participate in workshops.

Literature-Map – The tourist map of literature – Suggests authors you might like and groups writers together, according to similarities of style, content and genre. Also works for films and bands.

Poetry.com rhyming dictionary and thesaurus – Very crisp, uncluttered tool which is easy to use.

David Wray’s Writing FramesSimple writing frames to help KS2 reluctant/lower ability writers get started.

Interesting non-fiction sites

Brain bendersOn the amazingbrain site, where you might also find text that could be adapted for non-fiction work.

Real Life Sea Monsters – 24 Bizarre Creatures of the Deep – Possibly for non-fictional writing, with some adaptation.

Animal Splicer 1.0Splice together 2 different animals to create a completely new one! Fun to play with but could be used to create animals for work on habitats or report writing.

25 Worlds Weirdest AnimalsMight be useful / could be adapted for non-fiction / habitats.

Howstuffworks.com – Great for non-fiction / comprehension at KS2 with a little adaptation.


Character and Description

Design a Lego headIdeal for creating characters or describing features.

Design your own Lego character  – Like the head but a whole body plus accessories. Great fun

UGO.com HERO MACHINE Classic!Superb fun! Design and print your own super hero or comic book character.

Make your own Mr Man or Little MissFor character descriptions or just for fun!


Assessment

Writing assessment document courtesy of Leigh St Peter’s SchoolVery detailed descriptors for assessing writing sublevels.

Ros Wilson Writing Levels – Brilliantly simple and clear method of levelling writing; found on the Kent GfL Site.

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