description: These creative writing worksheets can can be use to get ideas flowing for your own work. We are always looking for more contributions so if you have an idea please add it to the creative writing story starters thread.
title: How to Write an Essay - 10 Easy Steps
description: Learning how to write an essay doesn\'t have to involve so much trial and error. This site will guide you through it all.
title: Wacky Web Tales
description: Funny fill-in-the-blank stories.
title: Essay Punch
description: The site provides online interactive exercises that guide users step by step through pre-writing, writing, organizing, editing, rewriting, and publishing. Click on \"Try the demo!\"
title: Paragraph Punch
description: Paragraph Punch takes users through the process of writing a basic paragraph. From pre-set writing prompts users develop an idea and write their own topic sentence, body, and a conclusion. Click on \"Try the demo!\"
description: These student essays provide examples of varying levels of performance on different types of writing assignments by students in grades 9, 10, 11, and 12. Each essay has been marked with comments based on the five Features of Effective Writing: focus, organization, support and elaboration, style, and conventions. General comments are also provided for each essay, as well as \"Next Steps\" that offer suggestions for helping the writer improve.
description: You can use this map wizard to compare/contrast items for your essay.
title: Evaluating Internet Resources
description: There\'s lots of good information on the Internet, but you will also find opinions, misconceptions, and inaccurate information. How do you judge the quality of Internet resources? This site will help you evaluate the internet sources you use.
description: Do you need help with grammar, punctuation, or writing skills of any kind? You\'ve come to the right place! Whether you write business material or fiction, personal letters, journal articles or ad copy, this is a one-stop site for you, with loads of free information. Just look at the tabs across the top of this page. Click on the Grammar & Writing Resources tab.
title: Grade 8 Sample Prompts & Anchor Papers for the Writing Assessment
description: Eighth graders respond to an expository prompt. The purpose of expository writing is to explain, clarify, or provide the reader with information. Well-written exposition has a clear, central focus developed through a carefully crafted presentation of examples or definitions that enhance the reader\'s understanding. Papers are scored holistically using a six-point scoring rubric.
title: Identifying and Avoiding Plagiarism
description: This is a self-test to help you evaluate whether you are able to apply what you have learned about avoiding plagiarism. You should not look at the \"answers\" until you have completed each part of the test. This is, of course, your choice but if you do cheat you may never know whether you are a potential plagiarist!
description: A chart of common proofreading symbols.
title: How to Create a Character
description: No matter what sort of fiction you\'re writing, you\'re going to have to populate your story with characters, and a lot of them, if not all of them, you\'re going to have to create from scratch. Unfortunately -- or maybe fortunately -- there is no Betty Crocker Instant Character-In-A-Can that you can mix with water and pop into the oven for twenty minutes. There aren\'t any quick and easy recipes, and I don\'t have one either, but I do have some things that have worked for me when creating my characters, and some things that haven\'t. You may find my experiences useful. For what they\'re worth, here are my Do\'s and Don\'ts.
title: National Young Writers Program (NaNoWriMo)
description: National Novel Writing Month happens every November! It is a fun, seat-of-your-pants novel writing event where the challenge is to write an entire novel in just 30 days. That means participants begin writing November 1 and must finish by midnight, November 30. The word-count goal for our adult program is 50,000 words, but our Young Writers Program allows participants who are 17 years old and younger to set reasonable, yet challenging, word-count goals. The only thing that matters in NaNoWriMo is output. It\'s all about quantity, not quality. The high-velocity approach forces you to lower your expectations, take risks, and write on the fly.
description: You already spend a lot of time trying to persuade your parents or teachers to allow you to watch more TV or do less homework. Now you can use those same skills to write a persuasive essay!