Professor Word is a useful browser plugin to help you develop your vocabulary. It enables you to click on words in a text on any webpage and get a definition. It also shows related words. Good tool for vocabulary building.
In our last post entitled : " 10 Web Tools Teachers should Be Using", we mentioned 4Teachers. This website works to help teachers integrate technology into their classrooms by offering online tools and resources. I have been reviewing all of the tools they provide and I found them really great. They all have user friendly interface, free to use, and have guides on how to use them which you can find on the FAQ page of each web tool.
Our students write best when they are given the opportunity to explore topics and issues that they are familiar with. The website " Response: Celebrating our students good writing" highlights some of the strategies that can be used to ensure students are familiar with the content before attempting to write.
Writing is also about the value of the words we choose. "Thank You Thesaurus ---" explores how this valuable tool can be used to teach good writing. Within the TES website you will find a handy list of discourse markers students need as they craft their arguments. See "Discourse Markers".