WriteShop Junior Book F | Internet Resources

Online links and resources to use with WriteShop Junior Book FMost WriteShop Junior Book F lessons include links to helpful, informative websites. The Book F Teacher’s Guide sends you here for the master list which we have linked by lesson for your convenience.

Please supervise your children’s Internet use so that you can guide them to sites with age-appropriate content. Though we take care to select websites that are safe and wholesome, we make no guarantee that our recommendations will always match your family’s criteria for acceptable website viewing.

WriteShop Resources 

WriteShop
WriteShop blog Encouragement and tips for teaching and editing writing
WriteShop Junior Book F
WriteShop StoryBuilders Printable writing prompts and spinners make great pre-writing activities

Writing Center Materials and Supplies

Miller Pads and Paper
HomeschoolingSupply.com
Lakeshore Learning Materials
IKEA (USA) Shelves, cubbies, bins, desks, and storage ideas
Free Clipart Great for decorating published projects
Printable Writing Paper For all grades
Blank Books Give kids a creative canvas for their writing

Lesson 1: Adventure

Skill Builder | Concrete Word Bank
Printable Play Money Free play money templates
Realistic Play Money Play money in U.S. currency
Printable Checks and Check Registers for Kids

Computer Capers | Keyboarding Skills
Dance Mat Typing
Peter’s Online Typing Course
Online Keyboarding Education
Keyboarding Games
Typing Games

Lesson 2: Tall Tale

Lesson Overview
Tall Tales Introduce your children to tall tales.
American Tall Tales [aff]

Pre-writing Activity
The Story of Paul Bunyan
Paul Bunyan Stories
Walt Disney’s American Legends Paul Bunyan cartoon video

Brainstorming
Idiom Site Glossary of common idioms
Famous Idioms and Their Meanings
Metaphors for Kids
Similes for Kids
Hyperbole for Kids Examples of wild exaggerations

Publishing the Project
Printing on Fabric (photo tutorial) Print on fabric to create a fun story quilt.
Print on Fabric (video tutorial) Learn how to run fabric through your printer.

Writing Across the Curriculum | Spotlight on Social Studies and U.S. History
American Folklore by State (Note: not all are tall tales)
Tall Tales Look for titles that include state names. (e.g. Arizona, Arkansas, Texas)

Lesson 3: Mystery

Lesson Overview & Reading Log 
First Clues Book List (ages 7-9) Mystery book recommendations for younger children
First Clues Book List (ages 10-12) Mystery book recommendations for older children
Amazon Bestsellers in Children’s Mystery, Detective, and Spy [aff]

Lesson 4: Historical Fiction

Pre-writing Activity & Brainstorming
7,000 Brief Biographies
Biography Online Biographies of famous, influential, or inspirational figures
BBC History Selected biographies of figures throughout history
Dictionary of Canadian Biography Influential Canadians and other historical figures
American History Biographies Figures who shaped American history

Flying Higher 
Library of Congress |Chronicling America Historic American newspapers from 1789-1924
Top 10 Newspaper Logos Examples of newspaper logo designs

Publishing the Project
Children can use a fancy font to embellish their historical fiction story.
Calligraphy Font
Calligraphy Pen Font
Wedding Bells Font
You’re Invited Font

Writing Across the Curriculum | Spotlight on Visual Arts 
FactMonster | Biographies of Famous Artists Features 75 famous painters and sculptors
Totally History | Famous Artists Famous artists from Renaissance to modern times
Web Museum, Paris  Biographies of European and American artists
Art Projects for Kids Projects based on famous artists’ works or style
The Crafty Classroom Crafty projects in the style of famous artists

Computer Capers | Flying Higher: Creating Accurate Citations 
Learn to properly credit and cite references when doing research.
Citefast With short video tutorial
Citation Machine
EasyBib

Lesson 5: Limericks

Lesson Overview & Reading Log
Clean Limericks for Kids
Edward Lear: A Book of Nonsense Over 100 clean limericks

Skill Builder | Dramatic Voice
Emotion Faces Chart of emotion words and facial expressions

Flying Higher 
Poetry4Kids Rhyming dictionary for kids
Rhymer Online rhyming dictionary for budding poets
RhymeZone Rhyming dictionary with advance search capability

Lesson 6: Persuasive Letter 

Publishing the Project
Monogramos Font
Midnight Valentine Font
Shaded Larch Font
Stonecross Font
The Shire Font

Lesson 7: Personal Narrative

Brainstorming
The Official Global GPS Cache Hunt Site Sign up for free and start geocaching!
Geocaching Treasure Hunt  Intro to geocaching with children
Treasure Run Personalized Clue Hunts  Easy-to-create clue hunts ($)

Lesson 8: Summary

Model and Teach
Short Story Time  Wholesome, character-building children’s stories
East of the Web Choose short stories with “U” rating, considered safe for children
Every Living Thing [aff] A collection of short stories about animals (Kindle)
The Book of Virtues for Young People: A Treasure of Great Moral Stories [aff].

Flying Higher | Book Club
Tips and guides for starting and running a children’s book club
Parenting.com
PBS
ReadWriteThink
Scholastic
Hip Homeschool Moms Homeschooler’s guide to starting a book club

Lesson 9: Responding to Literature (Book Report)

Flying Higher  & Writing Across the Curriculum
Kids love to learn more about the author of a favorite book or series. Start here!
Avi
Beverly Cleary
Lemony Snicket
Madeleine L’Engle
Rick Riordan
Roald Dahl
Scott O’Dell
Trenton Lee Stewart (Mysterious Benedict Society)
Great Websites for Kids Links to various children’s author and illustrator websites

Lesson 10: Nonfiction Report

Commas Fold-N-Go
Comma Chameleon  Practice with commas by playing this fun game online

Writing Across the Curriculum | Spotlight on Math
Create visual aids to accompany a nonfiction report.
Create A Graph Create all kinds of free graphs online
Make a Chart Using Microsoft Excel Free tutorial for making pie charts, bar graphs, and more

Computer Capers | Creating a Backup
Free cloud systems and backup options
Amazon Simple Storage
Apple iCloud
Dropbox
FlipDrive
Google Docs

Appendix: Additional Publishing Ideas

Bookmaking Tutorials
Accordion Book Tutorial Step-by-step illustrations for making a small accordion book
Accordion Book Video Tutorial
Instant Book Video Tutorial  Make a mini book from a single sheet of paper

Lapbooks
Lapbooking Overview Ideas, instructions, photos, and free templates for making lapbooks

Dioramas
Diorama Man Tips, tutorials and example dioramas
Shoebox Diorama  How to make a diorama step-by-step

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