6 Great Interactive Tools to Help Students in Their Writing
September 20, 2017
Below is a collection of some good student interactives from ReadWriteThink. These are tools to help students with their writing. They can use them to brainstorm ideas, develop an outline, take notes, map events in a story, organize information logically and many more. The tools are easy and simple to use and anything created on them can be printed and shared with others. We invite you to check them out and share with your colleagues. Links and reviews of the tools are under the visual.
1- Plot Diagram‘The Plot Diagram is an organizational tool focusing on a pyramid or triangular shape, which is used to map the events in a story. This mapping of plot structure allows readers and writers to visualize the key features of stories.’2- Essay Map‘This interactive graphic organizer helps students develop an outline that includes an introductory statement, main ideas they want to discuss or describe, supporting details, and a conclusion that summarizes the main ideas.’3- Compare and Contrast Map‘This interactive graphic organizer helps students develop an outline for one of three types of comparison essays: whole-to-whole, similarities-to-differences, or point-to-point.’4- Venn Diagram‘This interactive tool allows students to create Venn diagrams that contain two or three overlapping circles. Students identify and record concepts that can be placed in one of the circles or in the overlapping areas, allowing them to organize their information logically.’5- Persuasion Map‘The Persuasion Map is an interactive graphic organizer that enables students to map out their arguments for a persuasive essay or debate. Students begin by determining their goal or thesis. They then identify three reasons to support their argument, and three facts or examples to validate each reason.’
6- ReadWriteThink Notetaker‘This hierarchical outlining tool allows students to organize up to five levels of information for reading and writing activities. During or after reading, the Notetaker can be used to compile and organize reading notes, research, and related ideas.’