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ELA Tools

Chrome Extension: Apogee Citation Creator

Apogee creates MLA/APA-formatted customizeable citations in one click, so you can focus on your research, not your cites.

Grammarly for Chrome

Enhance your written communication everywhere you type!

VoiceNote II - Speech to text

Typing with your voice and speech recognition. Simple and functional notepad.

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Padlet

Padlet

Create virtual walls where students can collaborate, brainstorm, and gather resources. For more information on how this tool can be used in an ELA classroom, see this presentation: Padlet: ELA Focus

The intersection of two lakes forms a "V," a coral reef in the shape of a "J." Is there an English alphabet to be found in the landforms of the Earth? Of course! NASA satellite imagery and astronaut photography shows us where.

From Hamlet’s castle to Juliet’s balcony, explore the real-life places that inspired the Bard's plays.

Places linked to some of the world's favorite children's stories, from Winnie-the-Pooh's woods to Mark Twain's childhood home.

Jane Austen's stories opened a portal into the 18th century world of the British landed gentry, and have reached new fans in recent times through television and film adaptations. We explore places linked with the literary favorite in Google Earth.

In 2017 we celebrated the 125th anniversary of the first appearance of detective Sherlock Holmes, created by British writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Explore some of the places linked to this legendary detective and his creator in Google Earth.

Bram Stoker's classic Gothic horror story "Dracula" was published 120 years ago this year. This Halloween, explore some of the places connected to Stoker's Transylvanian vampire in Google Earth.

Global libraries with a difference — from 9th-century landmarks housing medieval manuscripts, to ultra-modern buildings that light up the city sky at night.

Trace the steps of Victorian novelist Charles Dickens and some of his best-loved characters around Great Britain.

Discover places featured in the magical world of Harry Potter, from the real Diagon Alley to the cozy Edinburgh cafe where these stories were first imagined.

Explore the houses, secret hideaways and writing dens of iconic writers through history.

Discover places linked to the legendary tales of King Arthur in Google Earth.

Ernest Hemingway loved hunting, fishing, bullfights — and dry martinis. Here are some of his favorite hangouts, from Paris to New Orleans.

Explore significant places connected to Canadian L.M. Montgomery, author of the "Anne of Green Gables" series.

Write About

“Too many students do not experience daily writing. Write About provides them with an engaging and easy platform to change that and bring out the joy of writing.”

Storyboard That: The World's Best Free Online Storyboard Creator

Create storyboards with our free storyboard software! Filmmaker, teachers, students, businesses all love Storyboard That, easy online storyboard & comic creator

Paste text into the website and then have all of the cliches identified. Besides helping with their own writing, Cliche Finder is also a good tool to help students understand what cliches are and how they are regularly used in the news and movies.

WordCounter - Count Words & Correct Writing

Apart from counting words and characters, their online editor can help to improve word choice and writing style, and, optionally, help you to detect grammar mistakes and plagiarism. In addition, WordCounter shows you the top 10 keywords and the keyword density of the article you’re writing. This allows you to know which keywords you use how often and at what percentages. This can prevent you from over-using certain words or word combinations and check for best distribution of keywords in your writing. In other words, it can help you become a better writer!

In the Details overview, you can see the average speaking and reading time for your text, while Reading Level is an indicator of the education level a person would need in order to understand the words you’re using. To check word count, simply place your cursor into the text box and start typing. You’ll see the number of characters and words increase or decrease as you type, delete, and edit them. You can also copy and paste text from another program into the online editor.

Grammarly

Free grammar checker instantly eliminates grammatical errors and enhances your writing. Free Chrome extension available, also.

Hemingway Editor

Help your students to embrace clear, clean writing like the great author Hemingway with this website. The app highlights lengthy, complex sentences and common errors. It also identifies dense and complicated sentences, sentences written in passive voice, and weak adverbs and phrases. It will show the readability level and word count, too.

Calmly Writer Online

If you have a student who is easily distracted while writing by all of the bells and whistles available in most word processing programs, try the Calmly Writer website. It offers a completely blank screen with nothing to think about but the writing. Clicking on the lotus flower in the left-hand corner will reveal a drop-down menu of expected word processor options. One of the preferences available is white text on a black screen, which can be good for students with dysgraphia. While there is a Calmly Writer app for Chrome, it is $4.99; the website is free.

WriteWell Online Chrome Extension

This Chrome extension has won awards for its intuitive editor vast library of writing templates, many of them designed for K-12. Some of the included templates are:

  • Five Paragraph Essay
  • Research Paper (Analytical and Argumentative)
  • Short Story
  • Argumentative Essay
  • Expository Essay Narrative Essay
  • Cover Letter
  • Persuasive Essay
  • Lab Report
  • Expository Essay
  • Speech (Informative or Persuasive)
  • Book Report

It is free to use for up to five documents. You can receive unlimited documents for $2.99.