Resources


Resources


DailyTeachingTools.com offers hundreds of free high-interest writing prompts, content-rich blogs, and user-friendly graphic organizers. This site is a valuable resource for inexperienced and experienced English Language Arts teachers.
http://www.dailyteachingtools.com/writing-prompts.html

The Common Core Standards for English Language Arts are part of the Common Core State Standards initiative coordinated by the Council of Chief States School Officers (CCSSO) and the National Governor’s Association (NGA) in partnership with other national organizations. 45 states, Washington, DC and the U.S. Virgin Islands joined the state-led Common Core State Standards initiative.
http://www.corestandards.org/the-standards/english-language-arts-standards

This Dear John letter is an entertaining punctuation assignment for student pairs that demonstrates how much punctuation affects meaning.
http://joek.com/jokes/joke_115.shtml

Education Week, an award-winning online and print source for K-12 education news that raises awareness and understanding of critical issues facing American schools.
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/learning_forwards_pd_watch/

Education World lists 100 constructive, insightful, and original comments for teachers to use on student report cards.
http://www.educationworld.com/a_curr/profdev/profdev148.shtml

edWeb.net is a free, professional social network for the education community. Connect with colleagues, create PLC’s, find support for new teachers and attend cutting-edge webinars.
http://www.edweb.net/

The 5 Minute University is a video in which Father Sarducci (aka Don Novello) explains what the average college graduate remembers five years after graduation.
http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=kO8x8eoU3L4

Freedom Writers: MovieClips.com created an HD clip of a student reading his journal entry about how Ms. Gruwell's (Hilary Swank’s) class gave him hope. There is also an SD version with subtitles available on YouTube.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9f8liieRepk

Hunger Game Comics drawn by Nicole Stevenson, an illustration major at Maryland Institute College of Art, can add a little levity to your literature/reading mini-lessons. Check her out at Ginger Haze.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/12/hunger-games-parody- comic_n_1420859.html

KleenSlate offers free samples of low-tech, hand-held dry erase paddles that are perfect for promoting high-interest, interactive learning and for administering quick, formative assessments.
http://kleenslate.com/

English Language Arts Products at Amazon offers elementary and secondary Secrets of Teaching products (sold individually), designed to support the Common Core State Standards.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_so_3?rh=n%3A165793011%2Ck%3Ateaching+secrets%2Cp_4%3ASECRETS+OF +TEACHING&bbn=165793011&keywords=teaching+secrets&ie=UTF8&qid=1327941280

Lesson Index provides links to 2,800 free and inexpensive short story/novel units and lesson plans from “The Lady or the Tiger?” to “To Kill a Mockingbird.”
http://www.lessonindex.com

The Literature Circles Resource Center created this research-based overview on the premise that there is no one way to do literature circles.
http://www.litcircles.org/Overview/overview.html#what

The New York Times has an ongoing collection of essays, articles, Op-Eds and humor pieces on a range of topics to read aloud to students — no matter what their ages. (Bonus: Nearly everything here falls under the definition of “informational text” emphasized by the Common Core Standards.)
http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/great-read-alouds-from-the-new-york-times/

The NJEA Review’s Writer’s Notebook article describes several easy-to-execute 3 -12 minute exercises students really enjoy.
http://www.njea.org/news-and-publications/njea-review/april-2009/the-writers-notebook

Quizlet allows teachers to create free custom flash cards or choose from free sets of pre- made flash cards, covering every possible subject.
http://quizlet.com/create_set/

Reader’s Workshop Read-Aloud Stories that set a purpose for reading are available all over the internet, but here are a few of my favorites, suitable for middle and secondary readers:

My First Kiss and Then Some by MJ West-Delgado:
http://www.angelfire.com/mo/mandisgroovinpage/kiss.html
Appointment with Love by S.I. Kishor
http://www.leighb.com/lovebook.htm
Sparky (author unknown)
http://www.turnbacktogod.com/story-of-charles-schulz/
She Told Me by Daphna Renan:
http://www.angelfire.com/ab6/heartwarmers/shetoldmeitwasok.html
Cyber Step-mom by Judy Carter
http://www.chickensoupfortheparentssoul.com/sampleStories.html
Trip to Fenway by Jim Trelease
http://www.trelease-on- reading.com/fenway_bat.html

Research Paper Guide posted by the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School is a step by step guide for writing a research paper. All steps are accompanied by clear examples.
http://www.crlsresearchguide.org/00_basic_steps.asp

Teacher Files has a collection of free graphic organizers on site to help students demonstrate comprehension of text.
http://www.teacherfiles.com/resources_organizers.htm

Teaching Channel is a video showcase of innovative and effective teaching practices in America's schools. This Reader’s Workshop video - featuring Rick Klieine in his fifth grade classroom - captures the essence of Reader’s Workshop in a film clip that is less than six minutes long.
https://www.teachingchannel.org/videos/reading-workshop-overview

Tools for Educators is a great site that supplies templates to create custom bingo cards, dice, crossword puzzles and more, using words or phrases that you provide. All you do is complete a form and click “submit.”
http://www.toolsforeducators.com/

The University of Wisconsin STOUT has a free collection of rubrics for assessing portfolios, research reports, Power Points, podcasts, oral presentations, blogs, and other web 2.0 projects.
http://www.uwstout.edu/soe/profdev/rubrics.cfm#powerpoint

The US Dept of Education is dedicated to the goal of ensuring equal access to education and to the mission of promoting educational excellence throughout the nation.
http://www.ed.gov/

Vocabulary videos like this one using Antidisestablishmentarianism entertain and instruct
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_CzVndr_QE

Watch Know Learn has thousands of free videos available from Teacher Tube, YouTube, and Google Video, organized and searchable by subject and age group.
http://www.watchknowlearn.org

Write Music is a lesson on sentence variety written by the late Gary Provost and reprinted by Richard Nordquist.
http://grammar.about.com/b/2011/07/01/sentence-length-and-variety-write-music.htm

The Writer’s Notebook is an article published in the NJEA Review containing information on how to set up a notebook along with several introductory lessons.
http://www.njea.org/news-and-publications/njea-review/april- 2009/the-writers-notebook

The Writer’s Notebook PowerPoint Screencast is an instructional video available on the Galloway Township Public School website narrated by Christa Atkins, Annette Giaquinto and Janice Malone.
http://www.gtps.k12.nj.us/technology/WNBlog/WN_Part1/WN_Part1.swf

What Teachers Make is a screencast in which, Taylor Mali, a teacher and spoken word artist, addresses the saying, “Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach.”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fuBmSbiVXo0

The Ninety Second Alphabet is an improvisational scene from Whose Line is It Anyway in which the characters argue/dialogue in alphabetical order.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fp0zAuz0N6Q