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WritingDEN

WritingDEN

Free tutorials to improve reading and writing skills at three levels of difficulty: words, sentences, and paragraphs. This site suitable for both adolescent and adult learners includes featured topics, quizzes, writing tips, a discussion group, and suggestions for incorporating the lessons into traditional class curricula. RealPlayer allows learners to hear words and sentences as they read them.
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Josh Overcast
Josh Overcast (Faculty)
9 years ago
While I found the readings on this site to likely be engaging and possibly challenging for grade 4-12 learners (as noted in the Teacher's Guide, or grade 6-12 learners as noted in the About section), several aspects of the layout and, more notably, what seem to be problems with updates to the site would keep me for using it. As of the writing of this comment, the Quizzes, Notes and Proof for each reading seem to be no longer accessible (users "not authorized to use this page"). The Speak Out chat section from the home page is also non-functional ("page cannot be found"). While the Tips-o-Matic option still leads to useful information on sentence to essay level grammar, it apparently was at one time meant to be able to be "turned on" for interactive assistance with readings offered on the site--this is no longer the case. Finally, while the Teacher's Guide offers sound suggestions for use in the classroom, it obviously has not been updated for some time, as it continues to list RealAudio as a "new type of computer software." Some continuing maintenance (e.g. the ongoing addition of new suggestions for classroom or student autonomous use) would be helpful here.
Time spent reviewing site: 1 hour.
Annie-Rose Jamison
Annie-Rose Jamison (Student)
16 years ago
I viewed this material for about 1 hour for a class assignment. I felt that
this site covered all the bases of writing very well, starting with the basics
of vocabulary and building up to a full length essay. With each new concept,
there were helpful tips for the student which gave a deeper look at each step of
the writing process. The material was augmented with teacher suggestions for
outside activities which, if used together, can give students a rich lesson in
essay writing. The general essay skills taught by this site will be useful for
students (4-12 grade levels) throughout their scholastic career. I felt that
this site was attractively put together with a very clear and straight forward
format.

Technical Remarks:

This site requires Real Audio (free listening software). Complete directions
are included on how the user can down-load and install the necessary software.
Even though I did not have the equipment to run Real Audio, the site was still
usable.