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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

National Park Foundation’s Electronic Field Trip

Grades 4-8 can learn about various topics (e.g., civil rights, climate change) through electronic field trips to national parks. There are more than a dozen EFTs archived on the site, each with an on-demand video and related lessons.

Lesson Plan; Multimedia

10 Things for Women’s Equality Day

Women’s Equality Day is August 26 and commemorates passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting the right to vote to women. These resources help grades K-12 learn about the suffrage movement and the 19th Amendment.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia

Teaching About the Selma to Montgomery Marches, Grades 6-12

Lessons, activities & other curriculum resources for teaching grades 6-12 about the 1965 Selma to Montgomery Marches, nonviolent activism, the Voting Rights Movement, and more.

Themed Package

Classroom Resources for Nelson Mandela, Apartheid, and South Africa

These lessons and resources will provide biographical information and historical context for a study on Nelson Mandela and his contributions to the end of apartheid in South Africa.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia

Otis Jiry’s Creepypasta Crypt

The name Otis Jiry's Creepypasta Crypt says it all! Language Arts students in grades 6-12 listen to masterful storyteller Otis Jiry interpret novels and stories from the horror genre. Perfect resource for Haloween or stormy days and nights

“Here I Am” and Immigration-Themed Resources

"Here I Am" weaves the tale of a young immigrant boy’s first journey to his new home in America. From social studies, to narrative writing, to art - this contemplative, wordless picture book and additional resources are lesson rich.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia; Printable

EduCore: Tools for Teaching the Common Core

ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) offers these tools and professional development resources to help teachers implement Common Core State Standards.

Best Practice

Grammar Ninja

This online, interactive game provides practice for K-8 students in identifying parts of speech. A downloadable version allows educators to modify it with their own questions and examples.

Learning Game; Multimedia

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

Google Search Education

Help your students become better searchers. Google Search Education provides lessons, activities, posters, tips, and webinars to help teachers hone their own and their students’ web search skills.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Printable

Black History Month Lessons & Resources, Grades 6-8

To help you integrate Black History Month into your classroom, we offer a selection of lesson plans that cover a variety subjects and that can be adapted to fit grades 6-8.

Themed Package

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

PBS Arts

PBS Arts promotes arts appreciation and education and gives students an opportunity to share their own work with the Internet community.

Background Reading; Multimedia

Teaching Channel: Videos That Inspire Teaching

Find more than 800 videos of effective K-12 teaching practices, which can be searched by keyword or browsed, and filter by subject, grade, and topic. Registration is free and allows access to downloadable resources.

Lesson Plan; Multimedia

Nellie Bly

This Web site celebrates the life and journalistic achievements of a pioneering investigative reporter and female war correspondent. It’s a good supplementary resource for grades 5-8 social studies and language arts and grades 9-12 journalism.

Background Reading

Evaluating Web Resources

Even the most dilligent research can backfire if it's inaccurate and unreliable. These resources can help your students learn to evaluate and confirm the vailidity of web sites and content as they surf for information.

Background Reading; Learning Game

Educational Games and Simulations

Incorporate the acheievements of Nobel Prize winners across your curriculum with these gamesm videos, and simulations for grades 6-12.

Picture Book Month Freebie

Find dozens of classroom activities associated with popular picture books from more than 20 authors, plus a Teacher’s guide with suggestions for ELA, math, science, and social studies.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan

Highlights for High School: MIT OpenCourseWare

Enrichment courses and exam prep materials from MIT include video lectures, lecture notes, transcripts, assignments and solutions, and cover subjects ranging from biology and physics to writing, music and the arts.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia

Flag Day Resources

Seven recommended Web sites explore the history of the stars and stripes through images, songs, timelines, crafts and activities, lesson plans, interactive quizzes and more.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia

6 + 1 Trait Writing

Are you the best writing teacher you can be? These instructional materials and customized training can help improve your writing instruction and ability to help students achieve the quality of writing called for in the Common Core State Standards.

Professional Development Course

The Northwest Passage

A picture book based on the folk song "Northwest Passage" with dynamic illustrations provides a good introduction to the geography and history of the Northwest Passage. We recommend related resources to help you build lessons.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia; Printable

Rutgers RIOT

College prep starts in your classroom with this interactive tutorial that teaches concepts and strategies for approaching a research paper - with a role-playing twist!

Voices Across Time

These resources will be music to grade 6-12 students' ears - literally! Supplement your American History curriculum with these lessons crafted around the music and songs that mark events and eras.

Lesson Plan