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Paper-Writing Resources

General Essay Writing Tips - Essay Writing Center

Description: This website provides a basic outline and tips for writing the typical 5-paragraph essay that students will need to be able to write in high school and college.
Rationale: I selected this resource because it was a straightforward look at a type of essay most students will encounter many times. The tips were helpful, but general enough to be applied to a variety of essays on a variety of subjects.


Tips for Good Writing

Tips for Good Writing

Description: This image gives six writing tips to students at a quick glance.
Rationale: I chose this image because it reminds students to take into consideration word choice and fluency as they write to communicate content. I thought the layout was clear and visually pleasing.

Writing Tips « Writers Workshop: Writer Resources « The Center for Writing Studies, Illinois

Description: This webpage from the University of Illinois provides tips on how to create a strong thesis and structure a paper well.
Rationale: Students can refer to this resource for assistance with a thesis, an outline, or an intro or conclusion.

How to Write an Effective Essay

Description: This video emphasizes some important methods for writing an essay, such as selecting a question to answer with a thesis, and tips on how to effectively communicate with the audience.
Rationale: The teacher on the video is a good communicator, and his tips are sound for all levels of writing. It is a ten-minute video, not hard to watch in one sitting.

Editing and Proofreading

Description: This page from UNC College of Arts & Sciences gives information about how to effectively edit and proofread one's writing.
Rationale: There is clear information on how to both edit for content and clarity in one's writing and how to catch more spelling and grammar errors while proofreading.

Proof Reading

Description: This short animation gives proofreading tips to students as it changes and corrects the text on screen.
Rationale: The video is amusing and fast-paced and provides several useful tips to students about what to look for as they proofread.

Purdue OWL: Grades 7-12 Instructors and Students

Description: This page provides resources for grades 7-12 instructors and students on the writing process, how to evaluate sources, and how to avoid plagiarism.
Rationale: I've used the OWL at Purdue for years and found it helpful and easy to navigate.


Essay Checklist

Essay Checklist

Description: This is a short checklist of things for students to keep in mind while writing and before turning in an essay.
Rationale: I found this checklist visually appealing and student-friendly.


Essay Writing Outline

Essay Writing Outline

Description: This is a fill-in-the-blank chart that encourages students to write a thesis, supporting sentences, intro and conclusion.
Rationale: This image has a clear layout that prompts students to fill in the basics of their essays for future reference.

Personal Essay Topics

Description: This webpage gives many prompts for students to choose a personal essay topic.
Rationale: I thought the prompts given were fun and creative. There are also links to several other pages of topic ideas.