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Summit Writing Academy

Online writing instruction, including reading and vocabulary elements. You can choose from two levels of membership (one includes teacher grading, the other provides rubrics for parent use.) Or you can purchase 6-week live classes. The price is a bit high, but membership is billed monthly, so trying it out wouldn't be too much of an investment. 

Book Pagez

This subscription site has loads of resources for learning through children's literature. There are lesson plans, discussion questions, vocabulary activities, games, and so much more. The site is well organized, so finding what you need is easy; and the price is pretty reasonable, too!

Silverdale Press

This company publishes a few unit studies on topics related to American government and writing, designed for use by jr. high and high school level students. They have a Charlotte Mason/Classical feel to them and appear to be well written and thorough. There is also a blog with other ideas for lessons and activities. 

Storybird

This wonderful, creative website encourages writing through art. Writers (of all ages!) choose artwork to inspire stories and poetry. There are tools for editing, and work can be published on the site or purchased in printed form. There are also how-to guides and courses to help in the writing process. Creating an account (as a teacher or creator) is free, and gives you access to all the writing tools. You can upgrade to a paid account for unlimited word counts and a few extra features.

Story Starters

This great little tool from Scholastic provides hundreds of writing prompts. Choose a genre, then randomize components to find a prompt that interests you. The interface allows you to choose a format, type your story, and add a picture. Then you can download or print your writing. There are also some teacher resources. A great way to interest kids in writing!

The Measured Mom

This blog comes from a former teacher, now stay-at-home mom. She concentrates mostly on pre-reading and literacy topics, but also has some math and science ideas. There are a lot of free printables, and a shop with reasonably priced materials. 

TeachWriting.org

This is a relatively new blog written by and for writing teachers. There are lots of great ideas for K through 12 writing. Each of the 7 contributors also have their own websites and sell resources through Teachers Pay Teachers. If you subscribe to the blog you can get a few free downloads as well.

Paper is Power

This is a free middle school level writing program from (of all places!) Hammermill Paper. You can order a printed kit, or just download the teacher and student books. The website has some other activity ideas as well.

Unicorn Writing

This is a fun site from a British primary school teacher with some great writing resources. There are lesson ideas for different kinds of writing, which include free videos with suggestions for activities. (You can also purchase inexpensive resource packs to go with them.) There are also writing prompts and some teaching tips. A great place for help with elementary level writing skills!

Write at Home

Online writing and literature classes for middle and high school levels. Courses run for 32, 16, or 8 weeks, with a weekly lesson and writing assignment. Students receive written feedback from the teacher. Prices are quite reasonable what is essentially a writing tutor.

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