Common Core Explorer

W.4.3

These apps, games, and websites will help your students write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
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NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program
Wildly engaging contest turns students into novelists in 30 days
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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BetterLesson
Exemplary Common Core-aligned lessons from rock star peers at large
GRADES
Pre-K - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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BrainPOP Featured Movie
Incredibly engaging cartoons on a wide range of topics draw kids in
GRADES
2 - 8
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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CAST UDL Book Builder
Sensitively designed so any student can write and share books
GRADES
1 - 7
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Kerpoof
Media-making tools help young kids with digital skills
GRADES
K - 8
PRICE
Free, Paid
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n/a
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LearnZillion
Quality Common Core-aligned lessons with great modeling for teachers
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Scratch
Jump-start future programmers with adaptive sandbox tool
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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StoryJumper
Storybook creation site has great support for classrooms
GRADES
2 - 8
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Write About This
Fun pictures and prompts are great for getting kids to start writing
GRADES
Pre-K - 5
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Paid
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n/a
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Comic Life
Creative tool for visual storytelling through comics
GRADES
3 - 12
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
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n/a
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Common Core Quest
Comprehensive CCSS-aligned resource for instruction and assessment
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Kidspiration
Aging tool uses visual learning to teach ELA and math concepts
GRADES
K - 5
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
Mac, Windows
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Lists for Writers
Save struggling students from writer's block with tidy creative tool
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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Make Beliefs Comix
Comic creation tool has wealth of resources, busy design
GRADES
3 - 8
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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NBC Learn
Video-centric resource good for discussion starters and research
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
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n/a
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Strip Designer
Easy and fun way to create personalized, comic-book-style stories
GRADES
4 - 8
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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Comic Master
Limited options hinder learning potential in amusing comic creator
GRADES
4 - 6
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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LearnZillion
Video lessons, lesson plans serve as exemplars for quality instruction
GRADES
4
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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