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"Writing organizes and clarifies our thoughts. Writing is how we think our way into a subject and make it our own. Writing enables us to find out what we know—and what we don’t know—about whatever we’re trying to learn." ― William Zinsser, author of Writing to Learn

On this page, you’ll find sample lessons, interactive and printable web tools such as graphic organizers and rubric builders, and free digital publishing tools for writers of all levels.


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Lessons

ReadWriteThink
Though written for K-12 settings, many of these lessons are easily adaptable for adult education contexts; all have been reviewed by literacy experts and are aligned to college and career readiness standards. The site also offers interactive online tools.

Our Voices, Our Lives, Our Communities
This civics-focused curriculum from Prince William County integrates process writing into lessons for beginning and intermediate/advanced adult ESOL students.

Florida GED Lesson Plans
Florida’s adult education instructor handbook includes sample lesson plans focused on the 2014 series GED® test and address writing in different subject areas.

Web Tools

Graphic Organizers
A variety of websites offer free graphic organizers that can help students plan and organize their writing.

RubiStar Rubric Creator
Rubrics make expectations and progress clear for student writers. This site allows teachers to create custom rubrics and search a large rubric library.

The OWL at Purdue (Purdue University Online Writing Lab)
The OWL is an online writing handbook, reference guide, and activity sourcebook. Topic areas include grammar, mechanics, research and citation, job search writing, and English as a Second Language. Resources include exercises for students and information for instructors.

Grammar Bytes!
This student-targeted website features interactive web-based activities, worksheets, and videos addressing many grammar skills.

Quill
Quill provides interactive online grammar correction and proofreading activities. With a free account, teachers can create their own activities and assign existing activities to student accounts.

Writing@CSU (Colorodo State University)
The Writing Studio provides a variety of interactive writing activities and guides for learners.

Digital Publishing

Digital Publishing Platforms
The publishing stage is where writing connects with its audience. Using online publishing platforms can motivate learners with a sense of accomplishment, help them make real-world connections, and promote digital literacy skills. Options exist for writers at all levels.

  • Google Drive and Google Docs: a free word processor and document storage platform with robust tools for collaborative writing
  • Blogger: an easy-to-use blog creator
  • Edublogs: an educator-friendly site for creating blogs
  • WordPress: a blog platform with helpful built-in tools and analytics
  • PBWorks: an educator-friendly site for creating wikis
  • Storybird: a collaborative storytelling site that provides the artwork for student-created online books
  • MakeBeliefsComix: an interactive site for creating comics to be printed or saved via email

Published Writing by Adult Education Students
Digitally published work by adult learners can provide models for student writers. Additionally, some of the sites below accept submissions from current learners.

Digital Is
This website from the National Writing Project gives ideas and tips for using digital tools in the writing classroom.

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