Ozge Karoglu’s Blog is always a good read for me. I have her feed in my Google Reader. Yesterday she had a post about the website Telescopictext.org so I created a free account and started working on how I could use this with elementary students. In a nutshell, this site lets you create a very basic sentence, and then add phrases, descriptive words, etc. to make the sentence better. Even though you need the account to save, I believe students could use this tool and use during class time effectively without saving/publishing. (After you publish you can no longer edit.) They could walk around and see samples by other students and have a great discussion as to why the sentence is a really good sentence. Click on words that are highlighted in grey to expand the sentence.
Below is a sample that I made. What a fun way to help students become better writers.
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