Interesting Web Sites (You can goggle them)
The Story Starter
This automatic generator comes up with over two billion (no joke!) creative ideas for writers. It was named to Writer’s Digest Magazine’s list of 101 Best Websites for Writers in 2012.
Creative Writing Prompts
When your students need inspiration, this site is the place to go. It features more than 300 detailed creative writing prompts, as well as journal ideas.
An online magazine of news, politics, and culture. Slate.com combines humor and insight in thoughtful analyses of current events and political news. Have your students read an article about a current event and write their thoughts and impressions.
Purdue University Online Writing Lab
Purdue’s Online Writing Lab was the most frequently recommended website. With over 200 free resources including research, grammar and mechanics, style guides, ESL tools and more, it’s easy to see why!
Guide to Grammar and Writing
Capital Community College’s Grammar Site accumulated the second highest number of recommendations. It contains a very intensive guide for everything from word and sentence level, to paragraph level, to essay and research paper level.
Big Dog's Grammar
A fun and easy-to-follow guide to the basic rules of English grammar. It’s designed for beginning students to be used as a quick review, with interactive online exercises.
This website provides “grammar instruction with attitude.” Its “grammar bytes” include grammar rules, handouts, interactive exercises, videos and definitions of common grammar terms.
GrammarBook is an online resource for grammar and punctuation usage that includes lessons, quizzes, and an optional test to evaluate student understanding of the material.
The University of Illinois’ Writing Workshop offers a free online grammar handbook that explains basic grammatical rules concerning parts of speech, phrases, clauses, sentences and sentence elements and common problems of usage.
This archive of 440 grammar lessons and quizzes can be accessed for free! They cover the eight parts of speech, parts of the sentence and the mechanics of grammar.
FunBrain’s Grammar Gorillas are great for learning, reinforcing and reviewing different Parts of Speech. They show you fun sentences and ask you to find the noun, verb, etc.
This website explains what a short story is and how it should be structured. It covers topics such as writing a catchy opening, developing characters, creating conflict or tension and more.
Awesome Library is a very basic site with links to resources for reading, writing, literature, poetry, drama, lesson plans, public speaking and more.
Gale Glossary of Literary Terms
The Gale Glossary of Literary Terms defines hundreds of terms, from Abstract to Zeitgeist.
How to Write a Five-Paragraph Essay
An interesting and easy-to-follow guide for writing the perfect five-paragraph essay.
The world’s largest and mosttrusted free online thesaurus helps your students find synonyms and antonyms of words. It’s great for writing of any kind!
Penzu is home to what is probably the most realistic imitation of lined paper on the internet. This nifty online journal is accessible from any computer with the internet, so it’s great for keeping track of creative writing without having a physical notebook.
An online English spelling resource for older students and adults. Includes free units and word lists.
Practice spelling with free interactive spelling games that are compatible with interactive whiteboards, mobile phones and tablet PCs.
Word of the Day
Improve your students’ vocabulary with the New York Times’ Word of the Day. It provides a definition and examples of recent usage in actual New York Times articles.
Commonly Confused Words
Oxford University Press’ Commonly Confused Words page lists dozens of commonly confused word pairs, such as affect & effect, discreet & discrete, and flaunt & flout, with tips on how to use them correctly.
Vocabulary.com helps you learn new words by playing synonym games. You get a few different “hints” for when you’re stuck, kind of like Who Wants to be a Millionaire. The hints make it fun!
Merriam-Webster's online dictionary and thesaurus is easy to use and guaranteed to be accurate.
Use Dictionary.com as a quick reference for words that students don’t know. Often times it’s a lot faster than whipping out a conventional dictionary because you can simply type the word into the search engine.
Create customized games and word lists (or play the great pre-built ones) to increase student vocabulary. Choose between 3 different games: Match, crossword, or listen
Free Rice is a great S.A.T./A.C.T. level vocabulary building game. Plus, with every correct answer, 10 grains of rice are donated to the World Food Programme to help end hunger.
Use the neat Visuwords graphical dictionary and thesaurus to find their meanings and associations with other words and concepts.
A free study site for English as a Second Language (ESL) students with games, quizzes, puzzles, MP3 files with transcripts, listening practice, pronunciation and more.
This website provides free ESL flashcards, worksheets, games, activities, lesson plans and more.
Forvo is the world’s largest pronunciation dictionary. It’s very valuable for ESL students because they can look up any word and hear it pronounced by an authentic English speaker.