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Teachers - Secondary English Language Arts (ELA)

Teaching Resources

  • 123 Homeschool for ME
    Free printable worksheets and educational activities. Resources arranged by grade or subject.
  • 70 Plus Places to Publish Teenage Writing & Art
    As this list is pretty exhaustive, please note that not all of these sites have been vetted.
  • Brave Writer
    Free writing resources
  • CK-12 Foundation
    Each lesson has a reading passage, videos, optional review questions, and self-graded practice questions. The lessons can be assigned to Google Classroom and it puts the grade in that students got on the practice questions (students must get 10 practice questions correct to get 100%).
  • Classroom Cereal
    Grammar practice in free, printable short stories.
  • CommonLit
    Reading passages for grades 3-12, with reading comprehension and discussion questions. Also has highlighting and notes tools embedded on its passages, as well as most passages have a read aloud function. Once students are signed up on here you can track which students have completed the assignments, and what they are having trouble on. Can easily link to Google Classroom.
  • DCPS Instructional Continuity Plan
    Washington DC Public Schools has decided to make their online learning curriculum available as open source to all educators.
  • Discovery K12
    Discovery K12 provides a complete online curriculum for pre-k to 12th grade. All main subjects are covered, plus extra curriculum courses.
  • Flipgrid
    Create a video to show mastery of a math problem, act out your favorite book character or discuss a current event. Families create a private space, ask a question and learners respond with a short video. Videos can be created with ink, whiteboards, filters, images, emojis and more. Once the video is created others in the space can view videos or respond. For more instructions: https://blog.flipgrid.com/news/familylearning.
  • FutureMe
    Write about this time in history; how it’s impacting you and your family- think about different POV.
  • IDE Corp.
    Graphic organizers and activities you can print or post digitally for students to support higher-order thinking and executive function.
  • Kelly Gallagher
    Kelly is pleased to share with you a variety of handouts and instructional aids that he developed to support his strategies for teaching reading, writing, speaking and listening.
  • Kelly Gallagher and Penny Kittle’s Coronavirus Lesson Plan
    Special thanks to Penny Kittle and several members of the Magnolia High School ELA faculty for helping to create this plan.
  • Kids Ask Authors
    Kids Ask Authors is a weekly 5-10 minute podcast where children’s book author/illustrator Grace Lin and a guest author answer one question from a child reader. Most episodes will end with a book review, poem, short story or a joke by kids!
  • Free Resources from the Library of Congress
    Includes primary source sets, digitized historic newspapers, and blog posts about resources written by LoC librarians.
  • Learning at Home Resources for Middle School
    List of middle grade authors who have read chapters of their books virtually with links
  • Learning at Home Resources for High School
    List of YA authors (grades 9-12) who have read chapters of their books virtually with links.
  • Living History Assignment
    Basically a journaling project, this assignment asks students to write 100-200 words daily about what it's like living through the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Making English Fun
    Free English Learning Online games, mobile apps and printable Board games and worksheets. All ages
  • Middle Grade at Heart
    A group of middle grade authors who are passionate about great middle grade reads. Each month, they share a variety of fun content to complement their chosen read, including recipes, activities, discussion questions, and even sometimes author interviews! 
  • Mindful Poetry Moments
    Mindful Poetry Moments is a free program that offers a chance to pause and reflect on poetry's ability to encounter ourselves, the world, and the mystery of each other.
  • MsMindfully
    Access to free subject-specific lessons, PowerPoint, graphic organizers supporting the Wellbeing of both teachers and students
  • National Geographic Resource Library - The Real Time Curriculum Project
    The Real Time Curriculum Project curates relevant content across the internet, connects educators to engaging discussions, and provides opportunities for educators to contribute their own lessons on current events as they are integrating them into their classroom & curriculum.
  • NCTE Online Learning Resources
    Resources for Virtual Instruction and Online Learning (updated daily)
  • ReadWriteThink
    A partnership between the National Council of Teachers of English and the International Literacy Association, this site contains hundreds of free ELA lesson plans.
  • Scholastic
    Scholastic has created a learning hub that provides 20 days of learning experiences for students in grades PreK-9+ across the content areas. The company is also providing free access to other digital learning programs. Information provided in this link. Please feel free to share.
  • Shmoop for School - ELA
    Study guides, AP & ACT test prep and more
  • The Children’s Book Council At-Home Resources
    Rounds up the many offerings from children’s and YA book publishers during this time, includes video resources
  • Virtual Field Trips
    Over 30 virtual field trips with links

 

Webinars

 

Audiobooks and eBooks

  • ESL English Language Learning
    Free audiobooks
  • OverDrive
    For digital books and audio books. Anyone with a library card (at least in whatever cities/states use Overdrive) can access it.
  • LibriVox
    Free public domain audiobooks
  • Project Gutenberg
    A library of over 60,000 free eBooks
  • ReadAnyBook
    Free online books
  • Snapplify
    Snapplify offers a library of 50 000+ free e-books. Teachers can sign up for free and also claim exclusive teacher benefits. Excellent to send free e-books to your kids and get them to read while they are at home! You can also share your resources on the platform.

 

Podcasts

  • BYU Radio: The Apple Seed Podcast
    BYU’s The Appleseed Podcast has an index of all their storytelling episodes. All are clean stories. The BITES episodes are shorter. Also, they recently did a 10-episode retelling, remix of Treasure Island. That series began Nov. 12, 2019 and ended Jan. 7, 2020 (the index is arranged by date, so backtrack to the November entries to find Episode 1 of the Treasure Island 2020 series.)
  • Smash Boom Best Podcast
    This is a great podcast for kids to learn argument/debate. Quirky. Fun.

 

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