The Clever Comma…another Ted Ed favorite

The Clever Comma

I love Ted Ed, for many interests in my life, but especially for teachers. Check out this Ted Ed video clip on why, how and when to use the clever comma! So much more interesting than a boring, useless rule chart hanging on a classroom wall!

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Lightning Bug!!

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When I discover sites that will encourage creative thinking that results in writing, I get so excited. Here’s a fabulous site from Australia!

Lightning Bug is a fantastic and fun resource for the writing classroom.

The tag-line of Lightning Bug is, “Your writing partner, helping you write a story from beginning to THE END”.  It delivers.

For every step of the way through the writing process, students have access to excellent guides and resources to aid the process.  Need help finding a story idea? Developing the idea? Finishing the story? It’s all here. Students can even have a look at what kind of writer they might be based on their personalities. (I’m a Private Writer…)

Lightning Bug has a great collection of writing resources.  Students can explore author blogs, search for character names, get some exercises in creativity, get help with grammar and spelling, and even get help for publishing their written work.  The teacher resources are equally helpful for teaching writing. Plus, the interface is appealing and easy to navigate.

Check it out, teachers—for ideas to encourage your self-starters, and motivate those who need your helping hand.

PicLits

PicLits.com is a creative writing site that matches beautiful images with carefully selected keywords in order to inspire you. The object is to put the right words in the right place and the right order to capture the essence, story, and meaning of the picture.