Tuesday, June 1, 2010

More Innovative Grammar and Writing Practice

I am consistently coming across more and more neat tools that anyone can use to motivate students to write. Some of these sites would also make for great grammar practice as well. (Not your run-of-the-mill worksheet either.)

1. 5 Card Flickr - Using the images you "draw", write a story. This site would be a great way to journal. As a class, show the images we "drew", give the students 7-10 minutes to write, and share a few of the different versions of stories written based on the identical images. You could then discuss any line of literary devices, from point of view to even figurative language.

2. LetterJames - These would be a neat way to create a visual for any vocabulary, spelling, or literary term. Have the students create their own image for the term, print it out, and hang it up!

3. Fake Science poster - I love this sight! The posters are reminiscent of the 1950s. Have students discuss what is incorrect about each poster. Better yet, have students create a poster. Then, as a class, discuss what is incorrect about it.

4. MovieClips and Music - Both sights are great for introducing and reinforcing concepts. When teaching literary devices, such as irony, show a movie clip containing irony. I like that this site contains movies clips from movies all students should watch, such as Casablanca. When studying grammar (parts of speech for example) place the lyrics to a song on the board, let the students watch the video or listen to the song, then correct the grammar.

5. The What-if Question Genie - Again, another great tool to use as a warm-up or journal activity. Have the class choose a prompt that everyone can write to. Then, share a few of the different stories that result.

6. NextUp - This is a great tool you could utilize for classroom management. Put your agenda in it and let that help with management. You can put in 5 minutes for the warm-up, 10 minutes to read, and 20 minutes for discussion. This tool would really help things move in your classroom.

7. Nacho Foto - Find images of trending topics in real-time! This would be a great supplement to the "Today in History" so many people are a fan of. Put up images and read a brief summary of the current events story. This is a great resource for keeping students up to date on what is happening in the world.

8. Talk like Yoda - This would be a great tool to use when studying parts of a sentence and/or parts of speech. Have students identify what you are studying...then, have students create their own Yoda phrases. Perhaps even have students create a voki using their Yoda phrases.

1 comment:

  1. I'm revamping my online writing and grammar lessons and your list has some great starting points. Thanks! Here's another one you should add: http://andrewbosley.com/the-brainstormer.html