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The websites listed below promise to help aid in teaching different types of writing, especially creative writing.  Use them with the whole class on an interactive whiteboard or have students use the sites on their own at a computer center or in a computer lab setting.  Get started....write away!  =)
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FlipSnack http://www.flipsnack.com/ Use this web 2.0 tool to turn PDFs into "flip"able eBooks. Students can create their books using a word processing software like Microsoft Office, then save the documents as PDFs. The PDFs can then be uploaded to FlipSnack and converted into an eBook. Super easy to use! 
Great Source iwrite http://www.greatsource.com/iwrite/index.html A website for educators, students, and parents that has tons of lessons and tips to help improve students' writing skills  
Instant Poetry Forms http://ettcweb.lr.k12.nj.us/forms/newpoem.htm This no frills site allows students to fill in a form to create their poem. After filling in the blanks, the user pushes a button and the final poem is automatically created. This site is good for teaching students the basic way to create different types of poems. Users can copy and paste their finished poems into a word processing document to make them more decorative. Simple site, but worth a look. 
Little Bird Tales http://littlebirdtales.com/ Upload artwork, record narration and share with others! Requires an email address to register 
Meacham Writer's Workshop Mini Lessons http://www.jmeacham.com/writing.mini.lessons.htm A whole page of resources for Writer's Workshop to use with Kindergarten and first graders from Jessica Meacham! Mrs. Meacham has been teaching for 15 years. She shares her classroom experiences on her website Mrs. Meacham's Classroom Snapshots which you can find at http://www.jmeacham.com/ It's definitely worth check out!  
My StoryMaker http://www.carnegielibrary.org/kids/storymaker/embed.cfm Create your own stories by playing with characters, settings and objects 
Newspaper Clipping Image Generator http://www.fodey.com/generators/newspaper/snippet.asp Create your own fun newspaper clipping; save the URL and send it to friends 
oneword http://oneword.com/ Users are given one word and 60 seconds to write about that word; great for writing practice 
Recipes to Writing http://farr-integratingit.net/Theory/RecipesForWriting/index.htm This website features different recipe cards for each type of writing. Each recipe card has the characteristics of that type of writing, a checklist, an organizer, and links to outside resources such as interactive or printable graphic organizers. Just click on the recipe card of your choice to find out more. 
Simplebooklet http://simplebooklet.com/index.php# Create newsletters, book reports, project presentations, and more with content from the web 
Storybird http://storybird.com/ A website that lets teachers and students create online books either on their own or collaboratively...all for free! 
Story Starters http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/storystarters/storystarter1.htm Great web page for Story Starter ideas 
Story Starters from Chateau Meddybemp http://www.meddybemps.com/9.700.html This is a page full of story starters in PDF format that you can print off for your emergent readers. You can fill in the story or have them fill in the story. The PDFs on this page are samples, but they are still pretty cute and useful. You can also buy the CD with the complete set of 101 story starters for $12.95. There is more info available on the link. 
UDL Book Builder http://bookbuilder.cast.org/ The site provides tools to create, read, and share digital books 
Writing Frames and Templates http://www.sparklebox.co.uk/cll/writing/frames/ free writing frames and templates to download 
Writing Fun http://www.writingfun.com/ Useful site for showing and explaining the structure and grammar of different kinds of text 
Writing Templates http://www.sanjuan.edu/webpages/gguthrie/resources.cfm?subpage=108509 Shape book patterns good for K-2 creative writing 
You Are Your Words http://www.youareyourwords.com/ Cool web 2.0 tool from American Heritage Dictionary that lets you turn your words and photos into a unique picture. Upload a photo of yourself and type in a minimum of 400 words to meld the two together. You can even change the background color before printing to make the picture just right. This would be a fun site to use for writing descriptive paragraphs or autobiographies. 
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