A couple of posts ago, I posted a list of sites with writing prompts. So today, I will post about resources that can help with developing composition skills.
- A Research Guide for Students – This site discusses plagiarism and teaches students how to cite sources.
- Basic Steps to Creating a Research Project – This site can walk students through the steps of writing a research paper.
- Book Reports and Book-Report Alternatives
- Citation and Bibliography Makers
- ESOL Essayist: The Five-Paragraph Essay – The University of Texas runs this site, which teaches students how to write a five-paragraph essay. Any college-bound student needs to know how to write a basic five-paragraph essay. They are required for the writing portions of the SAT and ACT, as well as college application essays and class papers.
- Essay Info – What I like about this site is that it has a in extensive list of different types of essays that your student may need to write. It gives a good overview of each type of essay with some things to consider when writing.
- Haiku for People – This site explains what haiku is and how to write. It also has numerous haiku examples.
- How to Teach Your Child to Write a Novel – This is an excellent series of posts on teaching children how to write novels.
- The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) – Purdue University runs this extensive site, which covers every aspect of essay writing, from developing a thesis statement to formats for citing sources.
- Purpose and Audience – This interactive online lesson from Encyclopedia Britannica teaches students to consider their audience when writing.
- Read, Write, and Think has games, tools, writing prompts, and more for grades K-12.
- Six-Trait Analytical Writing Assessment Model – This is a scoring rubric that uses the six traits, which can help you evaluate your child’s writing and give more useful feedback.
- Strategies for Writing Persuasive Letters – Whether a student is college-bound or not, a day will come when he finds himself in a situation where he needs to know how to write a persuasive letter. This site gives plenty of instruction for writing a persuasive letter, as well as providing good examples.
- Ten Prewriting Exercises for Personal Narrative
- Timed Essays – Top Five Tips – Timed essays add a whole new level of complexity and stress to essay writing. Students not only need to be able write timed essays for many of the college entrance exams that they will do, but many colleges give timed essays for final exams. This post offers five very useful tips to keep in mind when writing an essay in a timed situation.
- Transition Words – This is a nice list of transition words.
- TV411: Writing – This site has some interactive lessons that teach writing skills. The lessons are quick and fun.
- The Writing Center – The University of Wisconsin – Madison runs this site. This is probably the most comprehensive composition site on the internet. It not only covers essay writing, it also covers how to write research papers, letters, scientific reports, etc.
- Young Novelists Workbooks – These free, downloadable workbooks are from the National Novel Writing Month site. There is a workbook for elementary, middle school, and high school students. They are hefty workbooks, ranging from 86-126 pages in length, with lots of fun worksheets and activities.
The internet has lots of miscellaneous resources out there for teaching composition, the hard part is being able to find them all so that you can offer your child a cohesive approach to learning composition skills. I’d love to make this list more extensive. Do you know of any other good resources?