Writing Resources

Writing Support Tools

Google Scribe
Word prediction that autocompletes word suggestions as you type. May be a viable option for older students.

My Study Bar
A comprehensive set of portable open source and freeware applications to support learners with literacy difficulties. MyStudyBar is similar to popular commercial programs which use a floating toolbar to support literacy. The main is MyStudyBar is free. The toolbar includes a range of tools to support inclusion such as mind mapping, screen masking, word prediction, talking dictionary, text-to-speech, Save as MP3 and voice recognition. PC Only. (Speech recognition only works in Vista or Windows 7)

Ginger
Ginger offers a free download of its contextual grammar and spell checker. It can help students to avoid errors as they type or assist with proof reading and editing first drafts.

Ghotit
Online contextual spell checker and grammar checker service, great for students with Learning Disabilities! Tell them to bookmark it on their home computers. Check out the Ghotit Microsoft Add-in that provides text-to-speech within the correction window.

My Webspiration Beta version of Inspiration (graphic organizers)

Spelling City
Insert the week's spelling list and students can play games, finish worksheets, and complete other interactive activities.

Writing Checklists
Generates customized checklists, develop these with your students. Great for K-12

Writing Tools

Little Birds
Story building tool, records audio/allows narration. Very easy to use! Excellent for younger students

Writing Fun
Interactive, online, structured writing tool to help elementary age students write descriptions, narratives, poetry, explanations, procedures, etc.

Wacky Web Tales, Ambleweb Crazy Story Machine
Online "madlib" tools, use to teach parts of speech or with reluctant writers

Storybird
Collaborative storytelling

Bookr
Create your own storybook using Flickr images. Very easy to use

StoryMaker
Provides structured support with audio input. Use this with reluctant writers. When the story is finished, it can be printed or linked to a pdf.

Suessville StoryMaker
Use characters from Dr. Suess' Horton Hears a Who to write a short story. When you are done, the story is played back.

Writing Fix
Interactive Writing Prompts

Read/Write/Think
Interactive digital activities

Story Starter, Jr.:
Story Starter, Jr. offers 729 one line story starters for students.

Online Note-Taking Tool

OurStory
An online timeline tool

Scholastic: Story Starters for Grades 1-4
Story Starters is a bank of writing prompts. Student spins the lever to get a writing prompt. To allow for even greater creativity, the student can spin wheels to change any part of the prompt.

Kerpoof
A free story creator that provides many prompts to students as they generate text and ideas. Specifically, it limits students to 3 themes: alien, rock party, and pirates. For many students, limiting choice can assist task completion.

Word Cloud Generators

Wordle

Tagul

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