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Basic Writing Skills. In addition to 8-week online writing courses, Time4Writing provides free writing resources to help parents and educators teach writing more effectively.

Basic Writing Skills

The writing resources listed below are organized into seven main categories. Each category includes a selection of fun writing games, instructional videos, printable writing worksheets and other writing tools that are topic specific and related to each category. If you think your child needs one-on-one writing instruction, Time4Writing offers individualized writing classes for elementary, middle, and high school students. Check out our related courses below to learn more. Writing Skills When children learn how to write, a whole world of possibilities opens up for them.

Writing Sentences We learn how to write sentences early on, and while this is a basic skill, it is one that we must learn to expand on as writing sentences becomes increasingly complex. Grammar Resources. An annotated collection of grammar and writing resources from around the web.

Grammar Resources

A word of advice: grammar is not math We've selected the sites on this list because on the whole, we think they're pretty good. But "rules" in writing -- unlike, say, rules in Newtonian physics -- are not written in stone. They are established by agreement among experienced writers, even though experienced writers can and do disagree all the time. You'll find, then, that grammar books and sites can offer conflicting advice.

Grammar: quick guides The Grammar Handbook from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is a clear, primarily text-based source organized by subject. About.com's Richard Nordquist has an extensive, informative collection of grammar-related articles on his Grammar and Composition site. Some on-line guides include not only in-depth information, but quizzes that let you test your knowledge. Usage guides Thesauruses (or thesauri) and dictionaries WARNING: a thesaurus is not enough! Sample Essay Topics. A personal essay gives the reader a glimpse of your personal life experience.

Sample Essay Topics

A lot of times you may need to compose a personal essay. It could be for a simple class assignment, or the requirement for a college application. In order to gain ideas of writing a personal essay, you can get inspired by the listed topics below. Just think of each of the ideas as a prompt for writing, and imagine any special moment the prompt may bring to your mind. Citation and Bibliography Help. If you are having trouble locating a specific resource please visit the search page or the Site Map.

Citation and Bibliography Help

The Writing Process These OWL resources will help you with the writing process: pre-writing (invention), developing research questions and outlines, composing thesis statements, and proofreading. While the writing process may be different for each person and for each particular assignment, the resources contained in this section follow the general work flow of pre-writing, organizing, and revising. For resources and examples on specific types of writing assignments, please go to our Common Writing Assignments area. Academic Writing These OWL resources will help you with the types of writing you may encounter while in college. Common Writing Assignments These OWL resources will help you understand and complete specific types of writing assignments, such as annotated bibliographies, book reports, and research papers.

Mechanics Exercises relating to spelling can be found here. Grammar Punctuation. Essay Rubrics. Poetry Resources. Partner Sites Poetry Out Loud Guidelines, announcements, and poems for the national high school recitation contest.

Poetry Resources

PBS LearningMedia On-demand media service for educators that provides easy access to free, classroom-ready, curriculum-targeted, multi-platform resources for grades K–12. Free registration. PBS NewsHour Extra Videos of poets reading and discussing their work, segments on poetry and contemporary culture, poet profiles, and teaching tips. The Poetry Archive UK Recordings of poets reading their work. General Poetry Sites The Academy of American Poets Poems, poet biographies, interviews, recordings, and essays.

American Verse Project Full texts of volumes of American poetry pre-1920. Arts Edge (Kennedy Center) A variety of lesson plans, exercises, and guidelines for incorporating poetry into K–12 classrooms. BBC Poetry The British Broadcasting Company’s poetry site. Poetry Slam Example.