Formal Writing Apps, Tools, and Resources That We Love
Are you looking for formal writing apps, tools, and resources that you can use with your students? If so, we have you covered. Check out our list below. Let us know if there are any that we missed.
Writing Prompts – Writing Prompts uses current events, random words, scenes, sketches, genres, and text to provide hundreds of writing prompts for whole class or individual student use. Simply swipe through the available prompts until one strikes your fancy or save favorite prompts in a favorites folder for easy access later. With additional packs of prompts available for purchase, there are millions of prompt possibilities so students will never run out of things to write about.
StudySync ELA – is a complete English Language Arts curriculum designed to meet the rigorous academic needs of today’s classroom. With over 2000 works of literature –with an increasingly diverse selection of titles in English and Spanish, StudySync is now available for students and teachers. StudySync’s unmatched blend of contemporary and classic literature comes together with the program’s rigorous reading routines to dynamically instruct students toward mastery. The robust skill lessons ensure students build foundational language and comprehension skills, as well as reading, writing, and research on inquiry skills every day. Resources are organized around a first read, a close read, and an associated skill lesson. English learner skill lessons emphasize explicit vocabulary instruction, language acquisition, and reading comprehension.
SyncBlasts – offers reading and writing assignments that present engaging, inquiry-based instruction in Science. Providing a variety of rich read/write lessons with multimedia resources—including a news show, Previews, and Explainer videos—SyncBlasts is designed to intellectually engage students and foster academic inquiry and conversation. Science SyncBlasts delve deep into scientific research and discoveries—all through a contemporary lens. The writing prompts are aligned to standards and offer reading comprehension, a student QuikPoll, and compelling discussion questions to support student inquiry. New SyncBlasts, presenting a variety of voices and perspectives with vetted, age-appropriate, compelling research links, are published each school day at three Lexile®-levels. A selection of SyncBlasts lessons is available in Spanish.
Grammarly– Grammarly is your personal grammar coach and an automated proofreader that helps students get better in the proper use of grammar and gain confidence in their writing ability. Grammarly helps correct about 10 times more mistakes than common word processors, and it corrects more than 150 types of grammatical errors and does a plagiarism check.