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Communication Skills Writing Program
http://www.engl.niu.edu/comskills/
GRADE LEVEL: 9-12, Advanced

CONTENT:
Students and Professors at Northern Illinois University put together this site as a resource for students, instructors, and tutors in the Writing Skills Lab, but the writing tips presented here are valuable to any student or teacher of writing.
AESTHETICS:
This very appealing site is set in frames and uses a consistent design and interesting fonts throughout.
ORGANIZATION:
The site has a simple table of contents on the main page that leads to the major sections. Internal pages have a bottom navigation menu for returning to the home page or going to other sections of the site.
REVIEW:
This is an excellent writing resource for students and teachers. The Students' Resources section is filled with information on plagiarism, use of quotations, and the style for citing resources. Each of these sections allows the students to quiz themselves. Included in the student section is the Editor's Grammar and Mechanics page, which covers the basics of editing, including terminology, punctuation, and sentence management as well as a self quiz. Teachers will find some useful information for lesson planning in the On-Line Handbook, which teachers can reach from the Instructors Resources.
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