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About the Apps
Finding apps for middle school students for any subject - particularly writing - is a difficult task. Many writing apps are literally too elementary for this age group, while others cater to more experienced scribes. Additionally, middle school students vary in ability and desire to succeed academically. Some students are engaged in and excited about school, while others are finding school less enjoyable.
Writing is a challenging subject for those who do not enjoy it naturally, and as a long-time English teacher, I have experienced a lot of resistance from some students. These apps make writing and composition fun again, but also teach valuable skills. Each serves a unique purpose to encourage writers and teach important skills for successful writing.
This, among other reasons detailed below, are why they rank as the best writing and composition apps for middle schoolers.
Grammar App HD is one of my favorite apps currently available. It is a comprehensive guide to common grammar issues, with practice exercises, games and tutorials. It's a fantastic app for all ages and abilities.
Flowboard views composition and publishing through a multimedia approach. Students can create presentations and even interactive narratives by assembling typed text, images, videos, and more.
A+ Writing Prompts is a lifesaver for teachers and an idea generator for students. Drawing from over 1 billion randomized prompts, students can test their storytelling skills or simply answer simple prompts like “Write about three things that make you really happy.” The app's setup will get kids excited about putting pen to paper (or their finger iPad).
Chronicle is a digital diary, perfect for the middle school student who wants to record the details of their day, make lists or write stories.
Grammar Games is a fun, easy grammar game that teaches parts of speech with a fun tutorial and airplane-themed game. It makes a perfect review for those who need to review grammar basics.
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