Practice makes perfect, right? Write! Writing is one skill that certainly benefits from practice, but many other factors also help make writing easier, better, and more engaging. Those factors, which include interesting content to write about, a community for inspiration, and the opportunity to rate peer work, all can make writing more dynamic and more expressive. The apps and sites we’ve chosen here are designed to make writing not a task, but a natural way to communicate.
For content kids will want to engage with, websites like Facing History and Ourselves and StudySync offer all sorts of videos, critical-thinking questions, prompts, podcasts, and other interdisciplinary (and Common Core-aligned!) resources. To give kids access to a community of young writers, try Youth Voices and the NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program. To add an element of critical thinking, check out LitPick and Penzu Classroom, which provide opportunities for peer editing and can teach kids the language of criticism.
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