1- Pre-writing This stage is about coming up with an idea. One of the things that students struggle with when writing is polling ideas to write about. With the tools below you can stimulate their thinking processes and trigger a whole chain of ideas in their minds.
a- Writing prompts
Here are some resources where you can find writing prompts

 b- Digital Story Telling

Writing stories is a great way to get students actively involved in the writing process. Here are some tools for digital story telling I recommend.

  c- Graphic organizers : brain storming, mind mapping, concept mapping,

Using graphic organizers and mind maps can help students think visually . It is a good way for them to capture their ideas and concentrate on connections rather than words. Here are some tools I suggest for you

d- Create your own prompts

  • If you have tried all the above mentioned tools but you still did not find the one that meets your students needs,then try to create your own writing prompts . Check out the tool below to learn how to do it.
source: brazenprincess.com

2- Writing, Revising, and Editing

  • Now that you have generated enough ideas to get you by, you need to organize them into coherent whole. Here are some of the best writing platforms you can use for writing, revising, and editing.
  • Great job, your paper has a shape now and you can’t wait to share it with others. Here are some web tools to help you publish your writings.

Issuu Scribd DocStoc Check out more publishing tools HERE 

 Suource: http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2013/10/two-distraction-free-writing-platforms.html 


The Story Starter: It generates iseas that can be useful to start a story: http://www.thestorystarter.com/


http://titanpad.com/3qVRz7eIZ5   Gone are the days when planning and thinking were done mainly by pen and paper.Technology have made it pretty much easier to think in different other ways. Free mind mapping , brainstorming and concept mapping applications are ubiquitous online and more and more teachers are using them . The 21st century education is based , on a large part of it, on the visual output. Students, who due to their excessive use of and exposure to technology have become digitally focused, tend to show more  interaction and response towards these visual stimulae .

This visual thinking exhibited by our students can be expressed in many ways. Graphic organizers are one way for visual thinkers to arrange their ideas. There are a variety of ways to express these visual ideas and graphic organizers have several of them including : visual maps, visual organizers, cognitive organizers, concept diagrams, and mind maps.These visual helpers are great learning tools that depict the relationship between facts, terms, and ideas within a learning task. Let us explore some of the ways we can benefit from graphic organizers in our classrooms. The benefits of graphic organizers in education

  • Teachers can use graphic organizers to engage visual learners and help them organize their thoughts
  • Graphic organizers help students make powerful connections between  ideas and concepts
  • They help students develop their convergent thinking  by providing a framework for the development of new ideas through analysis, reflection and display.
  • They also help students promote their divergent thinking by using such techniques as brianstorming to generate ideas.
  • They can be used for developing vocabulary skills and improve reading, writing and communication skills.
  • Students can easily learn new concepts and think in new novel ways using graphic organizers
  • They help students focus on connections rather than words
  • Finally , graphic organizers can help both teachers and students develop creative and critical thinking skills.

Some free resources on Graphic Organizers The following are some of the best websites where teachers can have free access to a variety of graphic organizers templates and other relevant materials. While this list is not conclusive, I am pretty sure it has all you would need in a graphic organizer. 1- Educational Place

This website contains dozens of pre made graphic organizers that you can easily dowbload or print off to use use in your classroom. 2- Ed Helper

This is another popular website where teachers have free access to a plethora of printable graphic organizers covering all kinds of topics and themes. 3- Education Oasis

This website contains over 50 free printable graphic organizers for teachers to use with their students. 4- Read Write Think

This is one of my favourite resource. It has huandreds of graphic organizers refiined by age, category, subjects, skills and more. 5- Teachnology

This is also a fantastic web resource of graphic organizers of all kinds. Teachnology even allows teachers to create their own graphics by simply filling out premade forms and templates. It is really great. 6- Freeology

This website has over 100 free printable graphic organizers for a wide variety of topics. 7- Schoolastic

Schoolastic has a section called printables where teachers can print, for free, different kinds of visual graphics. 8- Holt

Holt provides a set of free printable graphic organizers covering different topics. Just click on a itle and download it as pdf then print it off. 9- Teacher Vision

Teacher Vision has a collection of ready to use graphic organizers grouped under different headings. Select the ones you want and click on view printable to see and download it. 10- College Cengage This website has several PDF files containing a wide range of free and printable graphic organizers. Just scroll down to see the whole list ( the structure of this website is not user friendly  ). 11- List of Free Mind Mapping Tools Check out that list of some of the best free mind mapping tools online. You can use them to easily create mind maps and concept diagrams SCHOLASTIC: http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/story-starters/   extra sites http://www.vrml.k12.la.us/cc/18str/raft/raft.asp http://www.macmillanreaders.com/tests/tests-and-answer-keys?level=upper-int http://www.ccdmd.qc.ca/ri/larc/





Student Book Touchstone 3


Writing for a Purpose


If you are studying in a British university you will be required to do a large amount of writing, whatever your subject. Some people distinguish between “essays” and “reports”, and you may also know some other names for written assignments. However, sometimes the same name is used for very different types of assignment, and different names are used for very similar types of assignment.

Some of these assignments are more common in some disciplines than in others. For example, in business Case Studies are very common, in law Problem Questions are very common, while in history and philosophy Essays are very common.

Three thousand examples of proficient British university assignments from more than 30 disciplines, such as business, engineering, law, biology, sociology and history have been collected. These form the BAWE corpus. By analysing these assignments 13 basic Genre Families of student writing can be identified and each one has been given a specific name.

The 13 Genre Families are:

Here is some more information about the background to identifying these Genre Families.

Note that the names that have been given to these assignment families have very specific meanings on this site, but you will probably find that your lecturers and your fellow students use these names much more loosely – they may for example call most written assignments “essays”, and they may use the terms “essay” and “report”  interchangeably.

– See more at: http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/writing-purpose/introduction#sthash.9m5VHjZo.dpuf


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