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Writing (enhanced with technology)

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Modes, Forms, and Genres Sequence Chart for USD 437 AW Integrating Technology into Writing Priorities

(ALL resources can be adapted for any elementary grade level)


Here is a link for a "Live Binder" that I created for Writing and for the CREATE level in Bloom's Taxonomy: Bloom's Blooming Beauties

Click here for the Bloom's Revised Taxonomy Planning Framework document by Tush_Beam.

Click here for the USD437 Auburn-Washburn Technology Writing Chart.


Software: Word, Kidspiration, PowerPoint

Smart Notebook

Kindergarten Focus

* Use district software to create, publish,

  and illustrate character, setting

  or conclusion. 

Magnetic Poetry Kits

Mother's Day Poem Generator


Software: Word, Kidspiration, PowerPoint

Smart Notebook, Read Write Think, Tux Paint, Kerpoof

Grade 1 Focus

* Navigate a website on a topic of

  interest. From personal experience,

  journal with adult direction. 


* KidBlog

* Wall Wisher

* Shape Poems

Poetry Idea Engine 

* Magnetic Poetry Kits

(students will choose "Free Verse"


Software: Word, Kidspiration, PowerPoint, Glogster Edu,

Smart Notebook, Read Write Think, BeFunky, Kerpoof

Grade 2 Focus

* Use simple word-processing

  programs to generate a five

  sentence paragraph to entertain,

  inform, or a 3-step "how to"





* Use a simple search engine to

  gather information for a

  persuasive paper.  


* KidsBlog

* Read Write Think Printing Press

* Wall Wisher

* Little Bird Tales

* Animoto

Poetry Idea Engine

* Magnetic Poetry Kits

* Cube Creator

* Write a Friendly Letter with Letter Generator

* Read Write Think Interactives Doodle


* Ask.com, Explorer, Firefox

"I need to search" section of school website


Software & Web 2.0 Tools: Word, Kidspiration, Glogster Edu,,

PowerPoint, Smart Notebook, Animoto, Kerpoof, BeFunky,

Grade 3 Focus

* Use productivity tools to write a

  personal experience story on the

  ways students use technology. 


* Storyjumper

* KidsBlog

* Read Write Think Printing Press

* Staple-less Book

* Acrostic Poems

* Animoto

Poetry Idea Engine

* Magnetic Poetry Kits

* Cube Creator


Software & Web 2.0 Tools: Word, Kidspiration,

PowerPoint, Smart Notebook, Movie Makerm, Kerpoof,

Animoto, Publisher, Visual Ranking Tool, Glogster Edu,

Seeing Reason Tool, Photo Story, Clay Yourself, BeFunky,

Grade 4 Focus

* Design, develop and present

  multimedia projects using digital

  cameras, printers, and/or scanners

  to create and present poetry.  


* PicLits

* Instant Poetry Forms

* KidsBlog

* Voki

* Blogger

* Read Write Think Printing Press

* Online Diamante Poem

* StoryMap

* Staple-less Book

* Acrostic Poems

* BioCube

* Titan Pad

* Comic Creator

Poetry Idea Engine

* Cube Creator

* Make Beliefs Comix

* You Are Your Words

*Autobiographical Poem Generator

*Short Biography Generator


Software & other Web 2.0 Tools: Word, Edmodo

Kidspiration, PowerPoint, Smart Notebook,BeFunky,

Animoto, Publisher, Visual Ranking Tool, Comic Creator,

Seeing Reason Tool, Photo Story, Movie Maker, Glogster Edu,

Excel, Google Docs, Fotoflexer, Bit Strips, Bookemon

Hardware: Digital cameras, Flip Video,

Camcorder, Scanner, Printers, iPad, iPod, iPhone

Grade 5 Focus

* Using a student-oriented search

  engine, research a topic in order to

  create a how to paper.





* Select the best available media to

  create, edit and publish poetry to 

  share with a variety of audiences. 


* Storyjumper

* Blogger

* StoryMap

* Letter Generator

* Staple-less Book

* BioCube

Northwest Education 6-Trait


* PicLits

* Instant Poetry Forms

* KidsBlog

* Voki

* Read Write Think Printing Press

* Online Diamante Poem

* Acrostic Poems

* Titan Pad

Poetry Idea Engine

* Cube Creator

* I have a Dream Poem Generator


Software & other Web 2.0 Tools: Word,

Kidspiration, PowerPoint, Smart Notebook, Glogster Edu,

Animoto, Publisher, Visual Ranking Tool, Big Huge Labs

Seeing Reason Tool, Photo Story, Blabberize, Fotoflexer,

Comic Creator, Fotobabble, Glogster Edu, Bit Strips,

Wikis. Movie Maker, Adobe Premier Elements,

Excel, Google Docs, Flip Snack, Pixton, Audacity

Grade 6 Focus

* Generate a position paper to

  compare concepts of plagiarism 

  and intellectual property that

  discusses consequences of

  violating others property rights.











* Send and respond to email

  messages, adjusting style to

  various purposes and 


* Character Scrapbook

* KidsBlog

* Blogger

* PSA (Public Service Announcement)

* Persuasive Writing Web 2.0

* Read Write Think Printing Press

* StoryMap

* Letter Generator

* Titan Pad

* Plagiarism Resources

* Subject Access Kathy Schrock

Citation Maker 

Son of Citation Maker


Northwest Education 6-Trait

Poetry Idea Engine

* Cube Creator

* Bubble.Us

* Blabberize

* Prezi

* Paper Rater * Digital Citizenship, Cyber Safety and Netiquette 

Software & other Web 2.0 Tools: Word, Kidspiration, PowerPoint, Smart Notebook, Animoto, Publisher, Visual Ranking Tool, Seeing Reason Tool, Photo Story, Blabberize, Comic Creator, Fotobabble, Glogster Edu, Wikis, Showing Evidence, BibMe, EasyBib, Son of Citation, Movie Maker, Adobe Premier Elements. Excel, Google Docs,  Slideboom, Slideshare, Vcasmo, Common Sense Media, Big Huge Labs Flip Snack, Pixton, Bit Strips, Fotoflexer, Wikis




This site allows you to choose a background, and then drag and drop OR freestyle write onto the background. The teacher must create an account and students will log in as the teacher, and students can work simultaneously. This site will not let you print the page, but instead, students can learn how to take a screen shot of the Piclic and then paste it into a word document. Crop the Piclit, then enlarge, and now print. * The email function of this tool will not work in Groupwise, but will work on personal email accounts.



Instant Poetry Forms

Just fill in the blanks and create a beautiful poem. Print, take a screen shot and add to a Word document with a border.



Storyjumper: http://www.storyjumper.com

The teacher sets up an account for students. This fits in with the Focus area of: Use productivity tools to write a personal experience story on the ways students use technology (from the Integrating Technology into Writing Priorities Chart)


Make Beliefs Comix:

It involves spelling, storytelling, drawing, and sequence skills.  It is a great website for children to create their own comics.  It is an easy to use online program where children choose from a wide selection of characters (including various moods), backgrounds, thought and talking balloons, panel prompts, objects, and senses. Once they are finished they can print their comic strips. The one draw back is that they can not save their work, so you would need to allow time for them to finish the project.

There are also a variety of printable writing prompts.


The Storybook Maker

This is based from Dr. Suess. Student's may need to be familiar with the Who's and Horton to create a story - or they can write a personal experience story on ways students use technology and just use the character's that are available.



Book Report Sandwich




KidsBlog tools allow students to publish posts and participate in discussions within a secure classroom blogging community. Teachers maintain complete control over student blogs. Classes can be set up with no student email addresses. SET UP IS EASY. Images can be uploaded. Links can be added.

Using dialogue journals

Dialogue journals are written conversations between the teacher and each individual student. Dialogue journals provide an opportunity for teachers to model language usage and written form without directly correcting student language. Students can draw on the teacher model and their own oral language competence to construct written language that serves an immediate and personal purpose. Some students may start with paper journals, others, with digital journals. Digital responses could be posted on a blogging site or wiki with settings for only the teacher to see and comment on.


Book Talks/Videos

Use flip video, Applied Vision4 (software on school computers), Voki, or camcorder to record student book talks. Character talks, opinions about books

or content specific talks are ideas.



Voki is a free service that allows you to create personalized speaking avatars and use them on your blog, for story retelling and character descriptions - need a free account (you may use Mrs. Tush's account)



Brainstorm online with bubbl.us. Easily create colorful mindmaps to print or share with others. They can be saved as JPEG OR PNG. Take your mind map and create a story from it.



Take a picture and let it do the talking. Save as a JPEG and embed it into your Blog or add it to your movie.



This is a fun and creative way to build a presentation. Some templates are available.


Read Write Think

Interactive and general writing ideas




Weekly Writers Blog - students take turns writing a weekly blog and posting it on a secure blog site. Blog could be transferred to school website.



PSA (Public Service Announcement)

This site provides steps for creating a PSA.



Write a Friendly Letter with Letter Generator

This is easy to use. Just fill in the information provided on the website, choose a border and let the computer put it all together. Print or Save


Wall Wisher

Students post comments about a topic on the wall



You Are Your Words
Students upload an image or use the webcam to take a picture of themselves. They write words that define who they are - or a biography - poem - site words - whatever. Choose color, background and font style. Download and print.


Persuasive Writing Web 2.0

Use this interactive persuasive site to create your argument with evidence



Read Write Think Printing Press

Publishing—Encourage students to publish their works in a variety of ways, such as a class book, bulletin board, letters to the editor, school newsletter, or website. The ReadWriteThink Printing Press tool is useful for creating newspapers, brochures, flyers and booklets. Having an authentic audience beyond the classroom gives student writing more importance and helps students to see a direct connection between their lives and their literacy development.



Comic Creator

Create comics online. Graphic novels are a great way to get a book into the hands of reluctant readers. Visual connections will help your students develop their writing skills too.



Character Scrapbook

This is fun and easy. After reading a story, students type in 10 things that they know about the character. Then, based on the character, they create an avatar representing the character.
Print the page and create a class character scrapbook.

Sample Writing Rubric



Little Bird Tales

Capture your child's voice and imagination with our creative story building tool and share them with friends and family. The teacher must set up an account and can then set up classes and students.



Peer Review and Peer Review Checklist

Use the peer review ppt and peer review checklist to teach students how to edit peer work. * See Images and files on this website.


Read Write Think Interactives Doodle

* Read Write Think Interactives Doodle is an interactive let's students summarize, explain and describe something that was just drawn. It is very easy to use and printable.


Venn Diagram used for organizing and a summary of knowledge

Students may generate clear, well-formatted Venn Diagrams by naming their project and labeling Circle 1 and Circle 2, then generating concepts that can be placed on the diagram by clicking and dragging them with the mouse.



Online Diamante Poem

The tool provides definitions of the different parts of speech students use in composing the poems, reinforcing the connection between word study and writing. It also includes prompts to write and revise poems, thus reinforcing elements of the writing process. Students can save their draft diamante poems to revise later, and save and print their finished diamante poems.



Writing Poetry with Rebus and Rhyme

If you've ever drawn a heart for the word "love," you've written a rebus. Rebus, writing which substitutes images for words in the text, is used by authors to write books for young readers able to identify only a limited number of words, so why not use this same technique to teach writing?
Students are first introduced to a variety of books using rebus writing. They then brainstorm lists of rhyming words that they could use in their own rebus poems. Finally, students create their own rebus poems and share them with an audience.



Students can generate descriptive timelines that can be plotted with their choice of units of measure (date, time, event, entry, or other). Good for organizing and summarizing.



* Cube Creator


Here are a list of lessons that you could do with this online tool from Read Write and Think, for grades 2-6.

Storytelling in the Social Studies Classroom

People make the past come alive as students research and then share stories about famous Americans who promoted democratic ideals.


Getting to Know You: Developing Short Biographies to Build Community

How well do your students know their peers? Students transform into investigative reporters as they interview a classmate, compile the biographical data into graphic form, and introduce the student to the class.


Zines for Kids: Multigenre Texts About Media Icons

Special edition! Students use ReadWriteThink tools to create magazines about prominent figures using a variety of writing genres and styles.


Strategic Reading and Writing: Summarizing Antislavery Biographies

Antislavery heroes are the focus of this lesson. Students research a historical figure who played a key role in the abolition of slavery, and then create a three-dimensional biographical mobile.

Writers’ Workshop: The Biographical Sketch

Students use the faces and places they learn about in their research to write a biography about a contemporary or historical figure.



The Story Map interactive is designed to assist students in prewriting and postreading activities by focusing on the key elements of character, setting, conflict, and resolution.



Letter Generator

The Letter Generator is a useful tool for students to learn the parts of a business or friendly letter and then compose and print letters for both styles of



Staple-less Book

The Stapleless Book can be used for taking notes while reading, making picture books, collecting facts, or creating vocabulary booklets . . . the possibilities are endless! Students and teachers alike can use the Stapleless Book for taking notes while reading, making picture books, collecting facts, or creating vocabulary booklets. Students can choose from seven different layouts for the pages of their books. (8 page book)



Fact Fragment Frenzy

Fact Fragment Frenzy provides elementary students with an online model for finding facts in nonfiction text, then invites students to find facts in five sample passages.



Acrostic Poems

In this online tool, students can learn about and write acrostic poems. An acrostic poem uses the letters in a word to begin each line of the poem. All lines of the poem relate to or describe the main topic word. As part of the online tool, students brainstorm words to help write their poems and can save their work-in-progress to revise and edit, reinforcing elements of the writing process. Students can also print their finished acrostic poems or proudly show off their work by e-mailing it to a friend.



Shape Poems

By selecting a shape, students are learning how to focus their writing on a particular topic. In addition, as part of the online tool, students are prompted to brainstorm, write, and revise their poems, thus reinforcing elements of the writing process.




Bio-Cube is a useful summarizing tool that helps students identify and list key elements about a person for a biography or autobiography.



Character Trading Cards

This tool provides a fun and useful way to explore a character in a book or as a prewriting exercise when creating characters for original stories.



Webbing Tool

The Webbing Tool provides a free-form graphic organizer for activities that ask students to pursue hypertextual thinking and writing.



Titan Pad

Create a public collaborative workspace (pad) and invite others to post. No account necessary.



Team WhiteBoarding with Twiddla


Twiddla is a free, no-setup, web-based meeting playground. Mark up websites, graphics, and photos, or start brainstorming on a blank canvas. Choose EtherPad to type collaboratively.


* Animoto


Turn your photos and music into stunning video slideshows. You provide the photos, you pick the song, and we'll add the magic. This could be used for life-cycle processes. Teachers must sign up, but students can work simutaneously within the teacher account. Each video has a max of 30 seconds, with a max of 6 images plus text, or any combination to equal twelve slides.


Poetry Idea Engine

Fun and interactive. This site encourages students to work on Haiku, Cinquain, Limerick or Free Verse. It give support and explaination of what each type of poetry is.



Paper Rater

This online free tool is pretty nice for grade 6 and up. You simply copy and paste digital text into it and the program will generate a report on areas of the paper like plagiarism, spelling, grammar, word choice, style, vocabulary words, and give the paper a grade. It also gives the author suggestions and tips along the way (see attachment). This may be helpful when teaching students how to evaluate and improve their own writing and to develop students critical thinking skills through written expression.


Northwest Education 6-Trait


This site has a wealth of information on 6-Trait Writing, including searchable lesson plans, getting started with 6-Trait, rubrics and researched-based evidence.


Magnetic Poetry Kits

This is a fun idea to use on your SB or at center time. Students pull over words and groups of words to create sentences and poetry.


Writing Prompts and Ideas

Resources for providing ideas for writing in your classroom.



Invisible Writing

Students can practice prewriting with “invisible writing.” Have
students sit at a computer with a word processing program. Turn off the monitors. Ask
students to write using the word processors for 1 to 3 minutes. With the monitors off, the
students will not be able to see the text. With practice, students will develop better
fluency, free themselves from compulsively fixing typos, stop losing their train of thought
when writing, be interested to see what they had to say, and generate more thoughtful text.


Media Literacy

Groups of students can write about a technology-related
product from the point of view of the writer, artist, actor, manufacturer, advertiser, or store
owner. In these roles, students then write out a plan or strategy for accomplishing their
particular goals of selling their product. Students can give a “sales pitch” PowerPoint
presentation, develop a video, create a web site for product information, or a brochure to
distribute to an audience. Students could design a product logo or take pictures of their
product. Presentations could be videotaped.


Story Telling

Publishing student writing encourages the reluctant, struggling writer, builds self confidence,
rewards interest, and promotes a positive attitude toward writing. Teachers can
publish student writings on the web or in a class newsletter.


Story Starters... Upper Elementary

Read the story and choose-your-own-path adventure story- add to
the tale whereever you like.



Story Starters... Elementary

Students go to this website and it will generate a story starter for adventure, fantasy, Sci-Fi, or scramble (you can use just the last 3 sections of the story starter if you want to). When students create a story they can choose a format of: notebook, letter, newspaper or postcard. The story is printable.

Scholastic Story Starters - http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/story-starters/



Literature Circles

1. Students choose their own reading materials

2. Small temporary groups are formed, based upon book choice

3. Different groups read different books

4. Groups meet on a regular, predictable schedule to discuss their reading

5. Kids use written or drawn notes to guide both their reading and discussion

6. Discussion topics come from the students

7. Group meetings aim to be open, natural conversations about books, so personal connections, digressions, and open-ended questions are welcome

8. In newly-forming groups, students may play a rotating assortment of task roles

9. The teacher serves as a facilitator, not a group member or instructor


33 Additional Ideas to Use In Your Classroom to Enhance Writing

1. Personal narratives/memoirs           

2. Informational narratives, expository or informational text, research reports, songs/poems, fictional narrative, and fantasy.

3. Documentaries: Students can videotape short (1 to 3 minute) documentaries of their work with writing and technology. Students should write the script for the video. These videos can be shared with other students and/or parents.

4. Spontaneous storytelling about real-life moments (oral literacy)

5. Recreate literary stories and folktales by storytelling or reenacting them individually, in pairs, in small groups, or even as a class.

6. Choral recitations, partner oral reading and rehearsed individual oral reading

7. Students can speak from a main character's point of view, retell a story from a minor character's view, impersonate an explorer, improvise (with preparation) any individual studied in class.

8. Authentic reader response in which readers really explore the meanings they see in a text - a book talk

9. Experiment with turn-taking strategies such as passing a talking stick, drawing names from a hat while talking about authors and what they do. (oral literacy)

10. Poetry writing and reciting

11. Bibliographies

12. Reading written text while Skypeing to other classroom.

13. Book Reviews

14. Research Papers

15. Poster Presentation

16. Comic Strips

17. Post Cards

18. Brochures

19. Persuasive Letters

20. ABC books

21. Professional Resumes

22. Cause and Effect Writings using graphic organizers or Seeing Reasoning Tool (Intel)

23. Visual Ranking Web 2.0 tool (Intel) - defending your answer

24. Collaborative class story about favorite character (ex. Corduroy)

25. Scientific Explanations

26. Sharing Family Stories

27. Writing Letters that help our community and world - communicating on local issues

28. All About Me stories

29. Writing Recipes

30. Acrostic Poems

31. Creative Writing

32. Demonstration on "how to do something"

33. PowerPoints turned into online presentations using Web 2.0 free software.


Technology and Software Suggestions

Kidspiration,  Writing Prompts, Digital Cameras, Scanners, Clip-Art,
Digital VideoCameras (Flip Video), Internet, Web Design, and Microsoft PowerPoint and Word (word processing), Video

editing software, Applied Vision4, Video Lan, microphone/voice recorder. Photo Story, Movie Maker, Internet, Desktop Publishing such as



Picture Match for Kindergarten



Grades 5 and 6 - Flip a Chip

The Flip-a-Chip activity provides hands-on practice with affixes and roots, and also promotes comprehension through structural analysis and



Grade 1 - Word Family Sort

This online activity is designed for beginning and struggling readers to help them recognize word patterns and learn about onset and rime. Students are first asked to select a vowel, and are then presented with a series of words to sort into short-vowel word families. Students can then print their completed word family chart and use it to practice reading the words fluently.



Grade 4-6 - Note Taker

Useful for a wide variety of reading and writing activities, this outlining tool allows students to organize up to five levels of information.



Grades 5 - 6 Eye on Idioms

The activity includes a series of exercises, in which students view the literal representations of idioms and then examine the metaphorical meanings of the idioms.



Grade 6 Plagerism Checker



CRISS Strategy  (Ask me for a big list of other possibilities from CRISS BL 27) 

Raft assignments shift students out of their familiar roles and inspire them to write for different audiences using formats other than the essay. RAFT encourages them to infuse their work with more voice and imagination.


R.    Role of writer: 

       Who are you? a soldier, Abraham Lincoln, a slave, a mathematical


A.   Audience: 

       To whom is this written? a mother, Congress, an integer?

F.    Format: 

       What form will it take? a letter, speech, obituary, conversation, memo,

       journal, blog, tweet, word processing, song? 

T.   Topic + strong verb:  Persuade a soldier to spare your life; demand equal pay for

       equal work; plead for a halt to coal mining in our valley. 


Everybody Writes


 A wealth of resources on writing in the classroom. 


Newspaper Clip Generator




AASL Lesson Plan Database - This lesson plan database resource is targeted for school librarians, but has many good common core-based resources that fit in the category of writing for high school.



Teaching Channel - The Teaching Channel offers 100 videos and lesson plans based on common core standards.



Illustrative Mathematics – Lessons with math illustrated. Lots of common core based lessons. The key for you will be coming up with a project for students that includes writing about their higher-order thinking strategies and problem solving.



Literacy Design Collaborative - The Literacy Design Collaborative is a loosely affiliated group of partners interested in making sure secondary teachers have strong supports for teaching literacy in content areas. If all students are to be prepared for the tough literacy demands of college and the workplace, it’s up to teachers to make that happen.



Vuvox  Express - http://www.vuvox.com/express

Create with your photos. Use some of the questions provided in the Bloom’s Resources to come up with a project that requires higher-order thinking. For publishing, capture the link, embed code or email your project.  Include the finished writing piece that goes with the Vuvox Express tool.  


Find different ways for publishing your work online.

Flip Books 

Make beautiful flipping books! 1)Add a pdf document, 2) Convert it to a flipping book

Embed & share your flipping book – or get the URL link to add to your wiki – or email link


From: - http://www.livebinders.com/play/play_or_edit?id=131692


dotEPUB: http://dotepub.com/

dotEPUB is software in the cloud that allows you to convert any webpage into an e-book.


Writing Fix



Here is a nice website that has many quick and easy digital poem generators that could be used by your students and then printed. Many of these could be used at multiple grade levels and students could apply their keyboarding skills. 

Grades 3-6: I have a Dream poem generator: http://oakdome.com/k5/lesson-plans/word/i-have-a-dream-poem-generator.php


Grade K-1: Mother's Day poem generator: http://oakdome.com/k5/lesson-plans/word/mothersdaypoem.php


Grades 2-6: Narrative, expository and journal writing topics:



Grade 4-5: Short Biography poem generator:



Grades 2-6: I am Poem generator







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