Reading / Language Arts

PicLits

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This creative writing site allows you to choose a picture and drag and drop words that capture the story of the picture.  Great creativity exercise for students to inspire story or poetry starters.  For grades 6 to 12.

Magnetic Poetry

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Play magnetic poetry online by clicking and dragging from lists of words to make poems and share with friends.  For all grade levels. 

XMind

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XMind is a free, easy to use mind mapping tool.  Requires download.  Can set maps to public, unlisted, or private. For grades 9 and up.

Open Yale Courses

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Open Yale Courses provides free introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University. The courses are fully developed courses with lessons for a whole course and video lectures accompanying the lessons. A wide variety of topics are covered spanning from English to Art to Science. 

GrammarCheck

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This free online proofreading tool give you a report with color-coded suggestions for spelling, grammar, and style in seconds.

CRAYON

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Use CRAYON to create your own customized newspaper with easy step-by-step instructions.  You link to the news sources you want and CRAYON brings them together in one newspaper. For grades 6 and up.

Library of Congress Teacher Resources

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The Library of Congress Teacher Resources include classroom materials (primary source sets, lesson plans, presentations, and collection connections) to help teachers effectively use primary sources.  Searchable by common core standards.  

ToonDoo

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Easy comic-creating tool.  ToonDoo was created as a new way of expression for those who don't know how to draw.  Create free comic strips by dragging and dropping or clicking. For all grade levels. 

VoiceThread

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VoiceThread is a web-based tool for sharing that enables you to upload documents, images, or videos and add commentary.  You can also invite others to add commentary.  Includes a library of shared VoiceThreads organized by subject area. For all grade levels.

HUE Animation

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This downloadable animations software was created by a former Walt Disney Imagineer to enable K-12 classrooms to access tools that would engage and foster students’ inherent creativity.  Set up shots on camera, repeatedly moving object, and taking another shot, and play the role to watch the animation.  A Limited version is free. For all grade levels. 

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