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History of the English Language

The BBC and British Library both have interactive timelines describing the development of the English language. The BBC site is suitable for grades 6-8 and the British Library site for grades 9-12.

Multimedia

ReadWorks

ReadWorks is a research-based program that offers educators resources to help teach reading comprehension skills in grades K-6. You’ll find lessons and curriculum units, along with tips for implementing proven teaching strategies.

Best Practice; Lesson Plan

The Learning Network

The Learning Network publishes a new lesson plan every weekday during the school year. Two recent lesson plans investigate back-to-school shopping and the 2012 election campaign.

Lesson Plan

Representative Poetry Online

This anthology of 4,700 poems by 723 English and French poets from AD 657 to the present offers browsing by title, date, form, rhyme scheme; detailed biographies; maps and geographical information about places mentioned in poems; criticism; and more.

Background Reading

Bulletin Board Ideas

We recommend four Web sites where you can find bulletin board ideas and themes, cutouts, templates, activity ideas, and more. Plus, find out what kind of supplies you’ll need and how to acquire them.

Printable; Tool

Children’s Books and Author Interviews

Storyline Online is an anthology of 24 picture books for students in grades PreK-3 read by well-known actors. Reading Rockets turns the spotlight on the creators of children’s books with more than 100 video interviews.

Background Reading; Multimedia

EconEdLink & Living Wage Calculator

Two websites offer 750+ lesson plans and resources to help K-12 students learn about economics, personal finance. A related tool, a living wage calculator, supplements these resources.

Lesson Plan; Multimedia

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

The Alliance for Young Artists and Writers identifies teenagers with exceptional artistic and literary talent and brings their remarkable work to a national audience through The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

Grant/Award

Silva Rhetoricae: The Forest of Rhetoric

This website is an online rhetoric and dictionary of rhetorical figures and most useful for speech & debate and writing students in grades 9-12.

Background Reading

Learning Lab: The Poetry Foundation

The Learning Lab is a Poetry Foundation resource for students and teachers of poetry. The audience is primarily grades 6-12, but many of the essays can provide background for K-5 teachers as well.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan

Media and Technology Resources for Educators

Common Sense Media’s Media and Technology Resources for Educators provides K-12 curriculum and professional development resources. The website has teen guides for iPad and free classroom posters.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan

Essay Map

An interactive graphic organizer that helps students in grades 3-12 develop outlines that include introductory statements, main ideas, supporting details, and a conclusion summarizing main ideas.

Lesson Plan

ArtsEdge

ArtsEdge is the Kennedy Center’s educational media arm providing arts and cross0-curricular materials for K-12 students and educators. Free digital resources include lesson plans, audio stories, video clips, and interactive online modules.

Learning Game; Lesson Plan; Multimedia

Ngram Viewer

Google Books Ngram Viewer is a tool that searches for words and phrases in more than 20 million books and produces a graph showing how the words or phrases have occurred. Users can search published works in 8 languages over 5 centuries.

Background Reading

Poetry Pairing

This weekly series is from The New York Times and the Poetry Foundation pairs news articles, opinion pieces and/or video with a poem. The pairings echo, extend or challenge the poem’s themes. Suggested questions and activities are provided.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan

Student Interactives

ReadWriteThink presents 58 Student Interactives to develop skills in organizing & summarizing, inquiry & analysis, writing poetry, writing & publishing prose, and learning about language for students in grades K-12.

Learning Game

Women Artists, Composers & Poets

Three websites highlight the contributions of women to the fine arts, musical composition, and poetry and make excellent resources for teaching Women’s History Month.

Background Reading; Multimedia; Themed Package

Cooper-Hewitt Educator Resources

The National Design Museum offers 420+ free lesson plans. Design a new playground or t-shirt. Practice map-making and vocabulary skills to design a treasure map. Use geometry to create a new font. Plus much more. (YouTube videos included).

Lesson Plan; Multimedia

WebExhibits

WebExhibits is an interactive and cross-curricular museum of science, humanities, and culture for K-12 and higher. Exhibits explore color, color vision, pigment, calendars, daylight savings time, poetry, Van Gogh’s letters, Bellini, and butter.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan

The Crogan Adventures

Chris Schweizer’s blog for his series of historical graphic novels The Crogan Adventures includes a teaching guide, audio and video interviews with the author, and more.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan

Teaching The Great Gatsby

We offer a variety of resources to help you teach F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel and help students understand its historical context and literary impact.

Background Reading; Multimedia

Teaching Folklore

Our recommended resources will help you find folktale retellings from North and South America, as well as lesson plans and activities to help students understand common elements of myths, fairy tales, folklore and tall tales.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan

Voices & Visions

Voices & Visions is a video instructional series on American poetry for high school classrooms that examines the lives and works of 13 renowned American poets through dramatic readings, archival photographs, dance, performances, and interviews.

Background Reading; Multimedia

Making of America

This collection of primary sources in American history from the antebellum period through reconstruction includes 100,000 journal articles in American history, sociology, religion, and science from The Atlantic, Harper’s, Scientific American, and more.

Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)

OWL provides writing resources and instructional materials for students and educators. Writing Instructors will find resources covering technical and creative writing; exercises for teaching grammar, punctuation, and more; and materials for parents.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan