Build a Thesis and Make an Outline - truly amazing! Students can enter the information asked for into the fields and it will generate a thesis statement. There are prompts to help them understand the parts of a thesis statement. Students can go back and tweak their answers until they are happy with the thesis statement. (Students should not use capital letters or punctuation.) Then they can click a button and it will generate an outline. Even though it may seem like the computer is doing the work for the student, the student has to know their topic and what to enter. This will be a big help to students who struggle with the thesis statement and the outline. This also offers the teacher one more resource to use in teaching thesis statements and outlines. This works best for a persuasive piece of writing.

Making an Outline - This will give students hints and tips on how to write an outline. This includes an outline maker which is a great visual for students. The outline can be saved as a txt. file.

Microsoft Word Notebook - In the Project Gallery of Microsoft Word is the Word Notebook Layout. This looks like a piece of notebook paper with tabs. The tabs can stand for parts of their outline. This will keep all of their research in the same document yet separated. (I like to use this when I go to conferences. Helps keep my notes together but the sessions separate.)

Visual Thesaurus (Part of the Kan-ed Desktop)- students can use this to find more precise, descriptive words in their writing. Visual thesaurus is a paid subscription.

Lexipedia ( - Very much like Visual Thesaurus except it is free!

Visual Dictionary ( - This is just what it says it is: a visual dictionary. Here's a picture of the hydrologic cycle. Each term is a link to its defintion.

Digital Vaults - Here you'll find housands of photos from the National Archives. This site would be great for students as they research a topic. It shows relationships between events during a certain period of time.
Wolfram Alpha
Then & Now
Simply Box
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