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Spark Writing with Lightning Bug

May5

Need a cure for writer’s block?  Then be sure to bookmark Lightning Bug, a visually appealing web site containing a treasure trove of writing and storytelling resources for the upper elementary through high school crowd. Providing student users with jump starts, tips and inspiration, this web site describes itself as “your writing partner—helping you write a story from beginning to the end”!

That’s right!  In addition to making suggestions for story ideas—plots, conflicts, themes and character names—through a series of thought-provoking questions, Lightning Bug mimics a personal guide assisting students through the entire writing process.  Students can also find help with grammar and spelling.

Of course, Lightning Bug offers some goodies for teachers as well.  Resources include mind maps, samples of writing exercises and pointers for fostering and promoting student creativity.

Classroom Connection:

Utilize the plethora of resources on the Lightning Bug web site to develop writing activities for your students. These items can also be used to inspire your students to write creatively, especially when they may be stumped for ideas.

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