Extra Credit and Tutorials

Most students' low averages are the result of missing assignments and late work. Some low grades are the result of low effort. In a few cases, the low grades result from a lack of reading comprehension or writing skills.

Students who fall within the first few categories do not need extra credit, they need to be more responsible and turn their work in when it's due. Those students lacking in knowledge or skills can embrace the "independent learner" goal and use this site and those listed below to increase their skills or attend tutorials.

If you've been negligent with your work and have zeros for missing work or have lost points due to late work, then (1) start turing your work in on time and (2) turn some projects in early and you might get some extra points to make up for points you've lost.

I won't give you extra work to do for those situations because that's just making extra work for me.

What can I do to improve my reading comprehension and writing skills?

The internet is so full of 'stuff' that it's hard to find something that really helps.

For my pages, you can just about type mr-skipper.com/whatever for anything you need (such as mr-skipper.com/research; mr-skipper.com/writing; mr-skipper.com/night; etc.)

But here are some other sites that you can use at home:

For Reading

ReadTheory is great for use at home.

You can create a parent account

and a student account.


Smithsonian's Tween Tribune

News ELA

Reading Rockets

The Reading Mama

Homophone Games

More Games

(Look for the appropriate grade level.)


For Writing


This page is a great source of interactive tools

that help students accomplish various goals,

from organizing their thoughts to

learning about different aspects of

the English language.


There is a lot here to explore.

Guide to Grammar and Writing

Essay Punch

Try this one and let me know what you think.

Thesis Builder <-- This is cool.

The Hemingway App

If you've already typed an essay/ paragraph,

paste it here for some immediate feedback.

Readability Tool

Similar to the Hemingway app