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.
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.It 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.
In addition to the student community, teachers will find writing prompt ideas, writing guidelines and competitions to spark student interest in writing.
Students can join writing groups and participate in other great activities where students can improve their writing thorough feedback and support from their peers and writing guidelines available to them on this site. You can find a range of tools and resources to create a lively writing community in your classroom.
You can even create a writing group for your students at this site.
There are special writing prompts that you can provide to your students to improve their writing and thinking skills. You can integrate the global platform into your regular curriculum. Your students can qualify for prizes, and special awards. In addition, you will also find lesson plans and ways 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 great 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 benefit your students and enhance their writing skills!