Helping students become better writers and thinkers is an important goal of every ELA teacher.
We all know that many of our students struggle with writing. In fact, many students groan at the mere mention of having to put thoughts to paper.
The more we can provide relevance and authentic purpose for writing in our classrooms, the more interest our students will have in becoming better writers.
Teens Supporting Other Teens to Become Better Writers
I recently learned about an interesting website called www.writetheworld.com.
The resources found at this site would definitely help students between the ages of 13-18 become better writers. The site is a community of writers for students from all over the world.
Write the World encourages students to write more, write well, and write collaboratively with other students. Students can earn special badges along the way as they build their writing portfolios.
Students can join writing groups. They can also participate in other fun activities where they can become better writers thorough feedback and support from their peers. There are also writing guidelines available for student use.
Tools for the Classroom
On Write the World, teachers will find writing prompt ideas, writing guidelines, lesson plans, and competitions to spark student interest in writing.
You will find a range of tools and resources to create a lively writing community in your classroom.
You can create a writing group for your students and use the special writing prompts they provide. These prompts can not only help your student become better writers, they can also improve their thinking skills.
You can integrate the global platform into your regular curriculum and enable your students to qualify for prizes, and special awards.
The site also allows you to connect your students to peer or expert reviewers for feedback.
As an author, I love this site!
I would have loved sharing my writing with a supportive community like this when I was a student. I am sure your students would be interested in having others read their work as well.
How many budding authors might you have in your classroom?
Be sure to check it out and see if it might help your students become better writers as well.