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ProWritingAid  This is a writing correction, grammar checker, spelling program. The free version includes 19 writing reports, no interactive editing, and a maximum of 3000 words. The pro-writing program, premium version, includes everything in the free version as well as interactive editing in MS Word,  and Google docs, with no word limit and more reports. Cost of the premium program is $35 a year. The premium plus version cost $40 a year and it includes everything in the premium version as well as 50 plagiarism checks per year.

Reading,Theater, Vocabulary, Writing, Writing Tools

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Literature Resources

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Sentence Diagramming  Type a sentence to diagram and press enter.

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Lousy Writer  LousyWriter.com is a free online resource to improve your writing skills. Use LousyWriter.com to learn how to write, how to use words, how to write sentences, and how to communicate effectively.

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 Quizlet is a free website providing learning tools for students, including flashcards, study and game modes. It was created by high school sophomore Andrew Sutherland in 2005 and now contains over 400 million study sets

Diffen  We believe that making the right choices should be easier than it is today. We believe that this is possible with information that is unbiased, free, concise and easy to understand. Diffen aims to provide a one-stop shop for such information.   When you are faced with choices, you are looking for.   Diffen makes it a goal to clearly delineate facts and opinions. The community keeps content unbiased and fact-oriented. The ratings and comments provide outlets for opinions. 

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  1. Sentence Diagramming
  2.   Type a sentence to diagram and press enter.
  3. YWriter Book Creator   yWriter is a word processor which breaks your novel into chapters and scenes, helping you keep track of your work while leaving your mind free to create. It will not write your novel for you, suggest plot ideas or perform creative tasks of any kind. yWriter was designed by an author, not a salesman!
  4. Text Manipulation Tools   Welcome to the Text Mechanic! A collection of free, online, browser-based, text manipulation tools.
  5. Character Questionnaire  One of the best ways to get to know your characters is to ask questions about them. Many writers do this as a kind of homework before they actually start writing a story. The more you know your characters, the fuller they will be.
  6. Face Creation  Create a face and use it in your story, or practice description detail writing.
  7. Writing Center  The Writing Center's programs are staffed by six professional writing instructors, 47 doctoral teaching assistants from composition and rhetoric and literary studies, and 55 undergraduate Writing Fellows. All tutors in Writing Center programs are highly trained, expert readers and are qualified to offer help with writing in all disciplines and at all levels.  The Writing Center does not charge for any of its services.
  8. Writing Fix  WritingFix charges nothing. The site is sponsored by the Northern Nevada Writing Project, a not-for-profit professional development organization that is located on the University of Nevada-Reno Campus.
  9. Shmoop will make you a better lover (of literature, history, life). See many sides to the argument. Find your writing groove. Understand how lit and history are relevant today. We want to show your brain a good time. Don't worry… we'll have it back home at a reasonable hour.
  10. Expresso  Expresso is a little tool to edit texts and improve your writing style. It will teach you to express yourself through writing more efficiently and help make your texts more readable, precise, and engaging. 


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Important Sites and Tools

  1.   CSU Writing Center

 (Colorado State University)   Use this site to:

We offer more than 150 guides and interactive activities for writers, as well as an extensive links list. We also offer extensive support for instructors.

  1. Reverse Dictionary, to use as a type of Thesaurus
  2. Media Share  VoiceThread  Share images, documents, videos.
  3. Text Analyzer for readability and complexity as well as text statistics.  This text analysis tool provides information on the readability and complexity of a text, as well as statistics on word frequency and character count. It can be of assistance to translators when calculating quotes for clients.
  4. Grammar, Spell Checker, Thesaurus Copy and paste your text.  A lot of mistakes are made in spelling word. English spelling is not easy to remember. People need help with correct spelling of words. This is where our free spell check and grammar checker becomes a lifesaver. Just copy and paste your text into our spell checker and grammar checker and we will help you fix the English spelling and English grammar! This is like a spelling English dictionary . We offer spell check in 24 languages.
  5. Grammar Bytes  Definitions and Exercises
  6. Diagramming Sentences   - (dl) Download     - Free   - Windows
  7. Mind Mapping for organizing your thoughts
  8. Journal Prompts    Prompts and suggestions for writing your journal
  9. Poetry FormsPoetry Idea Machine, and Instant Poetry forms  for Poetry
  10. Character Chart, if I were creating a fictional character
  11. Plot and Character Generator, if I were creating a story
  12. Book Report Ideas, if I needed a fresh idea for a book report
  13. Google Docs, for documents, spreadsheets or presentations
  14. Luminotes Wiki, to write my project.  (It keeps previous copies of my work)
  15. Quote Finder, to find quotes to support my material
  16. Voycabulary, for word and web site definitions
  17. Punctuation, for quick reference about punctuation
  18. Grammar and Writing, for quick reference on these subjects
  19. Comix for creating  your own comic book
  20. Spell Checker, keep this open in a small window and use as needed.
  21. Story Generator, for creation of my project, short story, etc.
  22. Writing Prompts, to help me with my story or assignment creation
  23. Resources for Writers,  to keep in mind the task in front of you. 
  24. Graph it, Create a graph and put it into your writing to prove your point.
  25. Synopses  - Where the map ends
  26. Synopses  - How to write one  Links
  27. Writing - Content Analysis  Analyze text content using our free text analysis tool which gives you statistics about a text including word count; unique words; number of sentences; average words per sentence; lexical density; and the Gunning Fog readability index.
  28. Writing -- One word. Simple. You'll see one word at the top of the following page.  You have sixty-seconds to write about it.  As soon as you click 'go' the page will load with the cursor in place.  Don't think. just write.
  29. Writing - 50 Story Tools
  30. Writing - Story Generator   
  31. Writing Fix   interactive lessons and quality resources for classrooms where writing is taught, not just assigned. 
  32. One Sentence   One Sentence is about telling your story, briefly. Insignificant stories, everyday stories, or turning-point-in-your-life stories, boiled down to their bare essentials.       
  33. Poetry / Writing on a Picture  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.
  34. NaNoFiMo is a challenge to write at least 30,000 words on your unfinished novel draft and to reach a conclusion to the novel, between Dec. 1 and Dec. 31.
  35. Fiction Writer's character Chart    Once filled out, this chart helps writers get a firm grasp on characters.
  36. Writing - Character Traits  "...make a Trait Chart for each character. This is especially helpful during the early stages of character development, before the character becomes as real to you as your mother. There are several charts of this sort available, some extremely detailed and some containing only facts and figures. I've tried to make one that includes the most important traits to help you visualize your character, both physically and emotionally…"
  37. English Page  Learn English using our in-depth English tutorials featuring dozens of interactive exercises:
  38. Learn English  For over 12 years Learn English has been the free and independent web site for EFL/ESL learners and teachers.
  39. Activities  for Students  Quizzes, tests, exercises and puzzles to help you learn English as a Second Language (ESL) This project of The Internet TESL Journal (iteslj.org) has thousands of contributions by many teachers.
  40. World English  The one-stop resource for the English language and more ...
  41. English Test net  Earn Your Teaching Degree in ESL. Search For Accredited Schools Now
  42. Agenda Web  ENGLISH EXERCISES. Hundreds of free exercises to learn English online:  grammar exercises, verbs exercises,songs, vocabulary activities, listening, reading, videos. Phonetics, movies, grammar worksheets, flashcards, dictionary, learning...
  43. Business English  We send out a free English lesson by email most weeks. There is absolutely no charge and you can stop receiving them at any time, just by clicking on a link in the email. Just fill in this form with your name and email address. Pearson will immediately send you an email with a link to confirm you want to get our lessons. Click on that link and start receiving our free lessons. (We hate spam and spammers and we promise you that we will never give your name or address to anybody else. You can remove your name from our database at any time you want, just by clicking a link.)

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  1. 101 Best Websites for writers     Our charter publication Writer’s Digest literally “wrote the book” on writing and getting published. For more than 90 years, the experts at Writer’s Digest have been publishing books, magazines, competitions, conferences and distance education materials for writers who want to polish their skills and hone their craft.
  2. Writing Skills   Good writing skills are essential for effective communication. Learning to write well takes time and practice.
  3. Principals of Composition   The Guide to Grammar and Writing is sponsored by the Capital Community College Foundation, a nonprofit 501 c-3 organization that supports scholarships, faculty development, and curriculum innovation. If you feel we have provided something of value and wish to show your appreciation, you can assist the College and its students with a tax-deductible contribution.
  4. Paragraph Punch  As students advance, to improve writing skills they need in-depth support. They need to organize their thoughts and learn to clearly communicate their ideas in writing.
  5. BBC Skills-wise
  6. Writing Fix  WritingFix: Sharing Quality Writing Lessons techniques strategically designed to "fix" reluctant writers and writing teachers 
  7. The Web English Teacher  At Web English Teacher educators can take advantage of online technology to share ideas and to benefit from the work of others. Beginning teachers can find guidance; experienced teachers can find inspiration. Think of it as the faculty library and faculty workroom on a global scale.  Web English Teacher presents the best of K-12 English Language Arts teaching resources: lesson plans, videos, e-texts, technology integration, criticism, and classroom activities. Permission to link is granted to any educational site.
  8. Comparison & Contrast  Comparison and contrast are ways of looking at objects and thinking about how they are alike and different.For instance, all of these items are alike because they are kinds of food, but there are many ways that they are different. For instance, they belong to different food groups. Some must be cooked before eating, and some can be eaten raw. When you write comparison and contrast, you will pay attention to these kinds of details.
  9. Power Point - Diagramming Sentences
  10. Essay Writing Center  Essay Info is for anyone who wants to improve the writing skills. Whether your purpose is to get better grades at school or just to enjoy the writing process Essay Info will lead you to your goal. It is intended mainly for college students and useful for those of you, who strive to write more clearly, gracefully, and efficiently. We are not limited to the information about thbasics of academic writing.
  11. Writing Center  Explore topics by stages of the writing process by using the menu on the left or try our topic index.About us: Writer's Web is a free, public-access handbook designed & maintained by University of Richmond students & faculty.
  12. The Writing Center  Improve writing style, writing process, grammar, punctuation through common writing assignments, and cited references in your paper.
  13. Punctuation  Think of punctuation and mechanics in terms of driving your car. Punctuation and mechanics provide direction and signal the information to which you need to pay attention. Without punctuation and mechanics, phrases and sentences would run into each other and would be unclear, and your writing would go virtually nowhere. The purpose of punctuation and mechanics is to make your meaning clear by telling the reader when to pause, when to stop, when to take notice,  etc.
  14. Grammar  The Internet Grammar of English is an online course in English grammar written primarily for university undergraduates. However, we hope that it will be useful to everyone who is interested in the English language. IGE does not assume any prior knowledge of grammar.  The Internet Grammar of English is accessible of charge
  15. English Page  Learn English using our in-depth English tutorials featuring dozens of interactive exercises:
  16. Learn English  For over 12 years Learn English has been the free and independent web site for EFL/ESL learners and teachers.
  17. Activities  for Students  Quizzes, tests, exercises and puzzles to help you learn English as a Second Language (ESL) This project of The Internet TESL Journal (iteslj.org) has thousands of contributions by many teachers.
  18. World English  The one-stop resource for the English language and more ...
  19. English Test net  Earn Your Teaching Degree in ESL. Search For Accredited Schools Now
  20. Agenda Web  ENGLISH EXERCISES. Hundreds of free exercises to learn English online:  grammar exercises, verbs exercises,songs, vocabulary activities, listening, reading, videos. Phonetics, movies, grammar worksheets, flashcards, dictionary, learning...
  21. Business English  We send out a free English lesson by email most weeks. There is absolutely no charge and you can stop receiving them at any time, just by clicking on a link in the email. Just fill in this form with your name and email address. Pearson will immediately send you an email with a link to confirm you want to get our lessons. Click on that link and start receiving our free lessons. (We hate spam and spammers and we promise you that we will never give your name or address to anybody else. You can remove your name from our database at any time you want, just by clicking a link.)
  22. Collab-o-Write
  23. Create a Test Create your own test.
  24. Flash Cards  We know how hard it is to find the right set of study materials but luckily we are here to help. Come browse our large selection of flashcard sets created by students just like you. Whether you're looking for a set of Spanish flashcards or trying to remember elements in the Periodic Table, chances are Flashcard Exchange has it!
  25. Note Stars  NoteStar is an Internet utility to assist in the preparation of research papers. Teachers and students can set up research projects with topics and sub-topics. Students may then take advantage of NoteStar's many features to collect and organize their notes and prepare their bibliography page.
  26. Project Poster  Web Worksheet Wizard and Project Poster have combined to make Web Poster Wizard. This FREE tool allows educators to create a lesson, worksheet, or class page and immediately publish it online.           Teachers can also set up classes and assign projects to students. Students complete the assignments by creating their own online projects or reports. Teachers and students can even add images and links to their pages
  27. ElectraGuide  Online tools for thesis statements and outlines
  28. Espresso Stories  This is espresso stories, an idea by the writers Chris Worth and R.P. Bird. It explores a literary form for today's frothed-up, on-the-hoof, want-it-all-now consumer lifestyle: complete stories that take no longer to read than an espresso takes to slurp. The most basic rule is that they're just a sentence or two, totaling 25 words or less.
  29. Write a Senior Citizen
  30. Resources and Other Sites
  31. Web English Teacher
  32. Creative  This A to Z of Creativity and Innovation Techniques, provides an  introduction to a range of tools and techniques for both idea generation (Creativity) and converting those ideas into reality This I Believe
  33. English-Zone   The BEST English-Learner's site on the 'Net!
  34. English The Easy Way     Although this site is really straightforward and it gives lessons in grammar, writing skills, college writing, punctuation, speaking, proofreading – editing, reading, writing resumes, vocabulary and job hunting, it has a very large collection of advertising that really has nothing to do with grammar. 
  35. Infographics are everywhere, and we can’t get enough of them!By presenting information in a compact and creative format, infographics are able to quickly convey knowledge and engage its viewers. Most Infographics are fun to read and provide valuable information.Important to marketers, submitting unique infographics to the web that have to do with your niche, is one of the best things you can do for online marketing!
  36. Grammar Checker  Free  GrammarCheck.me uses an advanced, web-based grammar checking engine to power its free online spelling & grammar software. Feel free to use this service as often as you would like for both personal and business purposes. If you find it helpful, we would appreciate it if you could help us spread the word by tweeting, sharing on Facebook, blogging about us or simply telling your friends in person.  Be sure to also check out our grammar and writing blog where we will be bringing you regular tips to help improve your writing and knowledge of the English language.  Steps to make your writing more concise   GrammarCheck.me is dedicated to providing you with advanced grammar and spellcheck functionality, along with useful resources to help you master the English language. Our grammar checker is powered byAfter the Deadline, an open source application that employs artificial intelligence and natural language processing technology to identify writing errors and offer suggestions on how to fix them.


Grammar n Punctuation

  • My English Pages  This is a list of grammar lessons arranged in different categories:

1. English tenses,

2. clauses,

3. other grammar points.

Study the lessons and then click on the exercises links at the bottom of the pages to check your comprehension!



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