Scholastic Corporation has announced the launch of Write It, a Web site and free interactive online "destination" designed to help meet the writing needs of students and the teaching needs of writing teachers. Write It <http://www.scholastic.com/writeit>, for student writers in grades 7-12, features a range of instructional and motivational tools such as immediate access to feedback and multimedia interactions with texts, to support students and teachers throughout the writing, editing, and publishing process.
Write It offers step-by-step writing workshops to help students brainstorm, draft, review, revise, and polish their work in several genres. Students can exchange ideas with one another, read and critique works in progress, post their own work for comments from peer writers and author experts, build a portfolio, and publish work online. Young writers can also download entry forms for The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, a national program that offers early recognition for creative teenagers and scholarship opportunities for graduating high school seniors. In addition, visitors to Write It will find authentic literature from classic and contemporary authors, as well as audio and video clips of exemplary student authors reading and discussing their work, to illustrate writing techniques and inspire student writers.
Middle and high school teachers have access to additional resources at Write It, including a Teaching Center with writing lessons from Scholastic Classroom Magazines publications, and "Master Classes" for the teaching of different genres. Teachers can also join an interactive, online community to share and discuss teaching strategies with teachers from around the country, and find tools for showcasing class anthologies online.
Source: Scholastic Corporation, http://www.scholastic.com