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This website is rich with primary-source documents, numerous videos, a 3-D tour of the Secret Annex, and more. Some videos have a language translation choice button below them.    Support document
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This website offers virtual field trips that connect to English Language Arts topics such as Anne Frank and Charles Dickens.  These field trips allow students to view primary documents, maps, timelines, videos, and links to other resources. 

Teachers can use these virtual field trips in conjunction to their regular lessons to enrich the students' learning without having to leave the classroom!  Students can use these field trips to research information for their own essays or reports.

A strength of this website is that the field trip is free, students can move along at their own pace, and field trips for other subjects are available.

A weakness of this website is the limited number or field trips per subject area. 

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Story Starters: Creative Writing Prompts for Kids | Scholastic.com

Scholastic's Story Starters kids' writing activity generates creative writing prompts, from general fiction to adventure, fantasy, and science fiction.
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This is such a fun website for students!  Scholastic Story Starters provides students with 1) a topic to get a story started 2) a choice of genre 3) a choice of format (letter, newspaper, postcard) 4) an option to draw a picture to go with the story.

Teachers can incorporate this website into their writing curriculum depending on the genre and format assigned to the grade level.

One of the strengths of this website is the option to print out the stories that students write.

One the other hand, this website has a limited number of genres and formats for students, so teachers have to be choosy if they want to incorporate this website into the curriculum.

If nothing else, this website is great to use during free time or indoor recess because it is fun and promotes creative writing.

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Books, Stories, Writing Contests and Publishing for Kids | KidPub Press

Books, Stories, Writing Contests and Publishing for Kids | KidPub Press | Language Arts Resources | Scoop.it
Publishing for kids, writing contests, books and stories written by kids
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KidPub offers students a real purpose and a real audience for their writing.  Students who join KidPub can publish their own stories to other people to read.  They can also comment on other students' stories as well.  KidPub has been in existence since 1995 and has over 72,000 stories in their database!

One downside to KidPub is that there is a one-time membership fee for $14.95.  Teachers may not be able to use this website easily at school, but they can certainly urge their students who are looking for a way to make their writing public to join.

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Movie Maker - Microsoft Windows

Movie Maker - Microsoft Windows | Language Arts Resources | Scoop.it
Turn your videos and photos into movies with Movie Maker, a free download in Windows Essentials.
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Microsoft Movie Maker is an invaluable tool for teachers.  One common way to use this tool is to have kids create a "movie."  As a language arts teacher, I would use this to have students create digital stories, commercials, and book reports. Movie Maker promotes cross-curricular learning because of the technology standards involved in creating the movie. 

Although there is a bit of a learning curve involved in knowing how to use Movie Maker, it is relatively easy to use.  I would advise teachers to look up YouTube videos for instructions. 

To use Movie Maker, students need access to computers, video recording devices, microphones, and headphones. 

Once students upload their videos, they can edit, add sound, and add special effects.  Students can copy their final products into their teachers' shared drives to submit their work. 

While student engagement is a major strength of Movie Maker, one downside is that Movie Maker is obviously dependent on technology--meaning that computers need to be available, and teachers have to expect and manage potential technology "gliches." 

 

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Write Source - Student Models

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One of the best ways to teach students to write is to provide them with good models of writing.  Write Source provides teachers with student writing samples that they can share with their students.  Teachers can search by grade level as well as types of writing (personal narratives, persuasive essays, etc.). 

One way to integrate this website into teaching is to find a student model that relates to the assigned writing genre.  Teachers can project the model onto their whiteboards and lead their students on an evaluation of the model's strengths and weaknesses.

I like that this website also suggest writing topics (at specific grade levels) that students can use to get started (the hardest part!) when they write. 

One of the weaknesses of this site is that there are not a lot of students models.  For example, in the 7th grade, there is only one persuasive writing model.  In addition, this website has tabs to MLA and APA writing resources, but the resources are not very informational.  Students would not be able to rely on these tabs to understand how to cite their sources.

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Homepage - ReadWriteThink

Homepage - ReadWriteThink | Language Arts Resources | Scoop.it
Providing educators and students access to the highest quality practices and resources in reading and language arts instruction.
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This website is a fantastic resource for teachers, particularly language arts teachers.  This website contains lesson plans, student interactives, mobile apps, printouts, videos, and much more.  In addition, it is easy for teachers to navigate this website.  Teachers can filter information by grade level, resource type, learning objectives, themes, professional development, and parent/after school resources.

There are many ways that educators can integrate this resource into their teaching--it just depends on what the teacher is looking to accomplish.  If teachers want to find a new lesson on a topic, then all that they have to do is search by topic and grade level.  If they are interested in using the website to allow students to practice a skill on a mobile device, then they would need to search through the mobile apps. 

One of the major strengths of this website is that all of the lesson plans are aligned to IRA/NCTE Standards for English Language Arts.  When applicable, they are even aligned to individual state standards and Common Core State Standards. 

Another outstanding strength of this website is that all of the content  is reviewed and approved by literacy experts.  Teachers can rest assured that they can find high quality lessons on this site.

Honestly, I can't find any weaknesses within this website.  The only criticism that I can muster up is the fact that this website contains so many resources, that it can be overwhelming at first.  Be prepared to spend hours browsing through all that this site has to offer!

 

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