Resources for Teachers of Writing

Teacher Resources, Teaching Writing  /   /  By William Rubel
Stone Soup Magazine
February 2018

Here are just a few websites and programs that can be helpful for teaching creative writing for students. From lesson plans to book suggestions, these websites have a lot to offer for anyone who wants to encourage children to write.

National Writing Project

The National Writing Project is made up of University-based groups around the United States and help to bring teaching methods that will develop students’ passion for writing. Get in contact with a group near you, or explore their online resources. For teachers and homeschooling parents, there a variety of lesson plans available on the Resources page. They also have lists of recommended teaching books, as well as a stimulating podcast on education called NWP Radio.

Teachers and Writers Collaborative

Though their workshops are based in New York, Teachers and Writers Collaborative have plenty of writing-related resources on their website. Check out their list of books that are helpful in teaching writing, as well as their monthly magazine that features lesson plans, interviews, and general teaching tips.

PBS LearningMedia

Browse the English Language Arts section of PBS Learning media to find helpful videos and lesson plans to help illustrate writing concepts for your students. Search by grade level to find resources and teaching ideas, some of which have been submitted by teachers who have found success with their lessons. Additionally, when you create a free account, you can use the tools such as the Quiz Maker and Storyboard Maker.

The Brown Bookshelf

A blog created by African American children’s book authors and illustrate to help promote and review books by African American authors. Check out their list of recommended books, as well as their “28 Days Later” program for the month of February, where they celebrate Black History Month by spotlighting a different African American author every day.


Are there websites you have found helpful that we are missing? Email and let us know!

About the Author

In 1973, I was twenty years old, teaching children's art classes at my college, the University of California, Santa Cruz, and came up with the idea that the best way to encourage children to write was to introduce them to the best writing by their peers. Stone Soup grew out of that idea. Along with co-editor Gerry Mandel, I have continued to edit and publish Stone Soup for all these years. I am also a culinary historian. I write about traditional foodways. My book, "The Magic of Fire," is about hearth cooking. My book, "Bread, a global history," speaks for itself. I am currently writing a bread history for a University Press. I publish articles on gardening and traditional foodways at Mother Earth News. I also publish on wild mushrooms and other food-related subjects.

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