Illinois Writing Matters - From Illinois, grade level progressions of writing expectations along with resources, rubrics, graphic organizers and instructional strategies.
10 Innovative Learning Stations that Get Students Reading (6-12) - Re-energize your student readers with these super smart, tech-savvy learning stations!
Vocabulary Scavenger Hunt - Student photos replace the hand drawn sketch, all digital from Alice Keeler!
Middle School Minds - A blog from a sixth grade teacher, check out this great article on Ten Ways to Ditch that Reading Log! My personal favorite is 'Hexagonal Thinking.'
Grammarly- Spellcheck your text with this free Chrome extension that fixes spelling, apostrophes, typos and more!
5 Strategies to Make You Rethink Research - Caitlin Tucker shares some fresh research/tech ideas!
YOU ARE GENIUSES AND THE WORLD EXPECTS YOUR CONTRIBUTION! - A 7th grade ELA teacher's weebly that is packed with new ideas for your classroom laced with technology rich learner activities.
Desk Towers - Slick idea for arranging students desks/supplies!
Bits of Brit - An experienced high school English teacher, 8 years currently in Arizona, shares bits of her teaching experiences including an entire unit on Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men," Notes on a Flipped Classroom using Poplet, and Rhetorical Meme Analysis through the lens of Julius Caesar (search for Desk Towers for an efficient/effective way to organize student desks and materials in the classroom).
1.) ReadWorks - K-12 informational articles paired with question sets and vocabulary! Lexile levels included too!
2.) Literacy Design Collaborative - This site is loaded with common core aligned lessons/tasks built around informational text selections that fit with our curriculum maps/unit designs.
2.) Reader's Workshop and More - Lesson ideas and printables for reader's workshop.
3.) Critical Areas of Focus- ELA - Reading, writing and language.
4.) A Periodic Table of Visualization Methods - Click on each "method" to see an example.
5.) ELA LiveBinder - North Carolina organized collection of ELA resources for Common Core (MLS)
6.) Caitlin Tucker - Blended learning blog by a high school Honors English teacher which includes some amazing technology resources.
7.) EDSITEment - The best of the humanities on the web (arts, foreign language, social studies, ELA)
8.) Hello Literacy - K-12 Reading Specialist, Jen Jones, has a terrific slide show on Standard 10 - Stretching All Readers with Complex Text. This is a must for all teachers! Good stuff!
9.) Folger Shakespeare Library - A wealth of resources to make Shakespeare come alive in the classroom (K-12)
1.) The Brown-Bag Teacher - Join Catherine Reed, a first-year fifth grade teacher in Kentucky, and share her adventures in a 1:1 reading room with 90 students! This blog is full of fabulous resources, book reviews, and student engagement ideas.
2.) Florida Center for Reading Research - basic research into literacy-related skills for typically developing readers and those who struggle, studies of effective prevention and intervention, and psychometric work on formative assessment. Click on "For Educators" and then "Student Center Activities". Finally, click on "Student Center Activities Aligned to the Common Core" where you will find K-5 reading strategies.
3.) Reading Rockets - Strategies to help build and strengthen literacy skills for young readers. Check out their videos too!
4.) Read Works- These units are made up of read-aloud and paired text lessons and are all based on superb and carefully chosen books. Each research-based lesson can help you instill the joy of reading in your students, plus meet Common Core and state standards.
5.) K-5 ELA Reading Literature teaching and learning strategies - a boatload of resources organized by grade level that includes downloadable graphic organizers!
6.) K-5 ELA Reading Informational Text teaching and learning strategies from Illinois - ditto all of the above resources!
7.) Watch Chana Stewart's first grade class in Palo Alto, CA as she models the "Praise the Process" strategy.
1.) 6-12 ELA Reading Literature teaching and learning strategies - a boatload of resources organized by grade level that includes downloadable graphic organizers!
2.) 6-12 ELA Reading Informational Text teaching and learning strategies from Illinois - ditto all of the above resources!
TEACHING CHANNEL VIDEO CLIPS
1.) Informational Text: Reading for Inquiry features 2nd graders practicing asking and answering questions to help them understand key details in informational text (8 minutes)
2.) Keep It or Junk It: A Student Run Lesson - Watch student facilitators (GRADES 3-5) lead the lesson, students defending their interpretations of the text, and the levels of engagement of all students (10 minutes - there is a separate video for the teacher rationale behind the lesson)
3.) CCGPS - great informational text resources for SS, ELA, SC, and Technical Subjects (GRADES 6-8)
4.) Participation Protocol for Academic Discussions - Viet-ly Nguyen shares her participation protocol along with scribing and a method for tracking student participation in a 6th grade ELA classroom (3 minutes)
5.) CCGPS - great informational text resources for SS, ELA, SC, and Technical Subjects (GRADES 9-12)
6.) Article of the Week - Kelly Gallagher's strategies and resources (GRADES 9-12) for building deeper readers and writers. BLUE LIGHT SPECIAL: could be used as a weekly informational text reading and routine writing piece!
7.) Strategies for Student Centered Discussion - Watch Sarah Brown Wessling (GRADES 9-12) as she models the art and science of engaging students in rigorous discussion (9 minutes)
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