Teacher Resources

Actively Learn: Imagine reading an article about a topic totally unfamiliar to you. You read through it once, memorize a few terms for a test, and then forget about it forever. Now imagine that the teacher provides examples of the key ideas and connects the new content to what you already know. You are challenged to evaluate and analyze the ideas in the article. You revisit the text to find evidence for your arguments. You generate questions and revise your misconceptions about the topic. In a few weeks, you still remember the article and can refer to it when you encounter a related idea; it has become relevant to you.

BBC Bitesize: Provides a host of visual texts including video clips and simulations.News clips from around the world as well as specific topics like technology or science are also highlighted on this site.

Beyond the Bubble: This site provides assessments for history documents from the library of congress. It provides primary and secondary documents and the assessments and rubrics to explore document based inquiry.

commonlit.org: Common Lit is a free site for teachers that offers nonfiction and informational text choices as well as poems, short stories, Op-Eds, and more. The site is organized by themes or teachers can search by topics in order to find texts to meet the needs of their unit. All of the texts are listed with a lexile level and include text based questions, discussion questions, and a teacher’s guide.

Critical Thinking Guide To be competitive in the 21st Century, students must work to become highly literate citizens. In other words, today’s adolescent learner must strive to comprehend complex academic materials, think critically about texts, synthesize information from multiple sources, and communicate clearly what they have learned (Schoenbach 3). Because we believe that all students should be able to think and read critically, to write and talk about literary, mathematical, scientific, and historical questions, and to write and talk like experts in a variety of contents and disciplines; we make every effort to provide rich learning opportunities where their literacy skills enable them to uncover the Big Ideas (concepts) and understandings at the core of our contents and disciplines. And in our effort to provide these rich learning opportunities, we are inevitably drawn to the question, “How do we optimize our students’ ability to learn?”

DOGOnews.com: This resource is a quick place to find current event articles in the areas of: science, sports, social studies, world, did you know?, green, entertainment, amazing, and fun. Each article has an accompanying video, article comprehension questions, a critical thinking challenge, and a vocabulary game.

EdPuzzle: This web-based tool provides teachers with videos and clips to use in the classroom. It offers features for teachers to engage students in an interactive engagement with videos by inserting questions and quizzes on the video's content as it relates to the lesson.

Google News and Google News Archive: Comprehensive, up-to-date news articles

Historical Thinking Matters: This website is focused on key topics in U.S. history, that are designed to teach students how to critically read primary sources and how to critique and construct historical narratives. There are a variety of texts and lessons available in US History and World History.

Izzit.org: Requires you to create a free account and provides resources for teachers from quizzes and lessons to teacher tools and student interactive viewings of articles and videos. You can get a free DVD each year.

Jeffco Teacher Resource Exchange: This Jeffco iPD sponsored resource provides teachers with content and instructional resources that support the CAP document and offer teachers professional development options for "just in time" professional learning specific to needs.

ListenWise: You can make an impact by teaching listening– whether you are teaching reading or teaching social studies, science or language, by focusing on building critical listening skills YOU can make a difference in your students’ literacy.

  • Listenwise uses research-based strategies to impact listening comprehension, literacy, and academic language. Listening and reading together improve both skills. Research shows that listening to English while reading English subtitles helps decoding and improves reading.

NewsELA: Newsela is an innovative way to build reading comprehension with nonfiction that’s always relevant: daily news. Articles are shared in a variety of contents and teachers/students can choose to read the article at a lexile level appropriate for each student and differentiation need.

NewseumEd : Sign up to get the most out of NewseumED’s resources. Being a registered user gives you complete access to our library of primary sources, artifacts and periodicals, including copyrighted materials. Registration is free, secure, and only takes a minute.

  • Once you’ve registered, you’ll discover how NewseumED makes history, civics and media literacy relevant to students’ lives. Our approach begins with using the First Amendment as a springboard to illuminate the challenges and ideals of our democracy and to cultivate the public’s ability to make informed and well-reasoned decisions in a diverse and demanding world. Leveraging the museum’s collection, we provide primary sources, interactive tools and lesson plans that make history resonate today and shed new light on current debates.

PBS, Library of Congress: Both are great resources for primary documents that include visual text, videos, and written text as well.

ReadWorks: This resource for k-12 teachers offers full lessons and units to teach reading comprehension skills. In addition, the site features Reading Passages designed to support a variety of reading comprehension skills.

Science Daily: A great source for the latest research news. This current event site offers a variety of topics on science and provides students with up to date current research news.

Stanford History Education Group: The Reading Like a Historian curriculum engages students in historical inquiry. Each lesson revolves around a central historical question and features sets of primary documents designed for groups of students with diverse reading skills and abilities.

Teen Ink: This resource will provide teachers with models of student work or could be used as an authentic audience for students to submit their writing.

TweenTribune: Smithsonian articles and documents that are leveled with a lexile and can be modified to fit the lexile needs of students in your classroom. A variety of topics and grade level texts are available. There are also quizzes on the articles featured.

Up Front Magazine:This is a great resource for finding both video and printed texts that are current events and controversial topics. The magazine will often provide opposing viewpoints on topics facing one another.

PlayPosit This web-based tool has both a free version and an upgraded paid version that teachers can use to include more than one video clip in a lesson. It works in a similar fashion to EdPuzzle, but offers more features with multi-clip options.