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Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)

Found In: language arts & literature, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab) provides writing resources and instructional materials for grade 5-12 students and teachers. Some of the material is adaptable for younger students. The homepage links to other resources, including MLA and APA style guides. The Chicago Manual of Style is found under Research and Citation Resources.

General Writing Resources covers the writing process, academic writing, common writing assignments, mechanics, grammar, punctuation, visual rhetoric, and more.

For Students

The Writing Process addresses writing steps from pre-writing to proofreading. Revision is found under the proofreading heading. Guidance in developing research questions and outlines and composing thesis statements is supplied. A Resource List collects printable sheets with advice for different kinds of writing assignments from abstracts and academic research papers to PowerPoint presentations and resumes.

Of particular value to students interested in infographics and website development is Visual Rhetoric, which looks at visual and graphic information. Separate resources analyze visual documents and examine the effects of font and of color choice.

For Educators

Teacher and Tutor Resources has PowerPoint presentations for instructors and tutors on different types of writing and lesson plans and activities to teach students how to understand and avoid plagiarism. The section for Writing Instructors includes links to resources for parents and printable resources for grade 7-12 students and teachers.

Subject-Specific Resources cover writing in literature, creative writing, social studies, journalism, technical writing, and other higher education subjects.

Teachers will find more classroom resources under OWL Exercises that provide practice in grammar, punctuation, spelling, sentence structure and style, paraphrasing, and writing numbers.



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