Create Your Own Newspaper
Dave's Email Exchange
There are generally two email exchange
programs to consider. A class project in which you work in tandem with
another class interested in email exchange, possibly English-Spanish,
and the other is to just let the students search out an email pal for
themselves. This site will do the latter task well enough.
Gav and Peloso's Interactive Story
This is a moderated
choose-your-own-adventure type of story where you get to write the
story, and follow the story as it grows (and takes up much needed hard
drive space.) You can even copy down the story location and come back to
it later to see how it's grown.
International Writing Exchange
Started in 1993, this fast became the
most popular collaborative writing activity of the HUT Email Writing
Project, largely due to it's firm yet flexible structure.
It's a flexible communicative project, with students writing to and
receiving feedback from their global peers as well as their teacher.
The 5 main phases of each module are:
Introductory letterwith teacher feedback, and student's revised version
Article on a topic, e.g., Love and Marriage
Peer feedback 1, author's response, 3 , 4 and 5
Teacher feedback, followed by self-study, e.g., with Help Pages and XE
demo, and exercises created by class teacher and peers
Virtual conference in HUT Virtual Language Centre
Evaluation and selection for IWE Journal
This web offers yet another opportunity
to find an email pal for interchange. However, it also provided
information for snail mail friends as well...
Paragraph Punch Website
This web site is designed to help users
learn how to write a basic paragraph. This is a free online lesson based
on our popular Windows 95/98/NT application, Paragraph Punch.
Users develop an idea and write their own topic sentence, body, and
conclusion. Program prompts guide students step by step through
pre-writing, writing, organizing, editing, rewriting, and publishing.
Studentsí completed paragraphs can be transferred to a word processing
program, HTML editor, or e-mail application
Roget's Thesaurus (2)
Another version of the famous Thesaurus.
Spelling rules are there. The site will
not win any awards for visual design, but it has the most common rules.
Spelling Rules and guidlines
Five Guidelines for Learning to Spell
and Six Ways to Practice Spelling
-a handout for students-
The Eclub Efriends list
This page will help students find
students, students find teachers, teachers find teachers... To connect
with and begin an e-mail connection that may last a lifetime!
The Semantic Rhyming Dictionary
What can I do with the rhyming
You can use it to help write poetry, song lyrics, greeting cards,
witticisms, and more. Using the three phonetic query functions described
below, you can find words that rhyme with, almost rhyme with, or sound
exactly the same as a certain target word. Using the two semantic query
functions, synonyms and ``semantic siblings'', you can find words that
approximate or have the same meaning as an intended concept. Combining
the two features can help you balance sound and meaning in a poetic
Wacky Web Tales
Wacky Web Tales is a story generator.
Student inputs a series of required words (noun, past tense verb,
exclamation, etc) and the program generates a short story. There is help
on the parts of speech. There are also examples of published tales from
other students. Target is Grade 4 (native speakers presumably).
This is a custom seek and find word
search game. You give FunBrain a list of words which it then hides in
the puzzle. Select a level and whether you want to play against FunBrain
or if you want the puzzle to be printed out on paper so you can play it
away from the computer. The site has four levels (easy, medium, hard,
super hard) based on the numbers of words, and has a variety of
vocabulary themes (fruit, pets, instruments, countries, etc) also
clearly labelled according to skill level.
WriteExpress Online Rhyming Dictionary
Useful for song and poetry writing.
Includes the following categories: End rhymes, last syllable, Double
Rhymes (e.g. Conviction, Prediction), Beginning rhymes