Michigan Assessment Consortium – a website rich in resources and links on common, summative, formative and standardized assessment
Dynamic Learning Maps Alternate Assessment System (for the 1% of students with the most significant cognitive disabilities)
Sibert Nonfiction Medal & Honors Books (for children and teens)
Nonfiction Detectives – reviews of the best nonfiction books for kids (ages 5-18) by two librarians
NewsELA – a free site with a database of high interest nonfiction articles that can each be read at 5 different lexile levels. Accompanying quizzes can be used to test student comprehension. Articles are tagged with relevant Common Core State Standards.
Story Shares – a free site with high-interest, accessible novels for adolescents who struggle with reading.
Teen Ink – a magazine featuring fiction and nonfiction writing by teens; useful for student writing samples
Discover Magazine – science for the curious
Frontline – PBS’s public affairs series that features documentaries about pressing issues
This American Life – an NPR original; each episode contains multiple stories focused on a single theme
The Moth – real people tell real stories
Serial – a twelve episode series about a single story
Notes from the Classroom – ELA teachers from around Oakland County share their teaching ideas and reflections
Two Writing Teachers – Writing workshop tips and strategies
Indent – Teachers College Reading & Writing Program consultants’ blog
Literacy Beat – great classroom ideas for digital and multimedia literacies
Tween Teacher – a middle school teacher’s blog
The Adventures of Library Girl – a teacher librarian blogs
NCTE, National Council of Teachers of English
IRA, International Reading Association
LRA, Literacy Research Association
AERA, American Educational Research Association
Essential Instructional Practices in Early Literacy: PreKindergarten from the Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators’ Early Literacy Task Force
Essential Instructional Practices in Early Literacy: Grades K to 3 from the Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators’ Early Literacy Task Force
Institute of Education Sciences Practice Guide: Foundational Skills to Support Reading for Understanding in Kindergarten Through 3rd Grade
Institute of Education Sciences Practice Guide: Improving Reading Comprehension in Kindergarten Through 3rd Grade
Institute of Education Sciences Practice Guide: Improving Adolescent Literacy: Effective Classroom Instruction and Intervention Practices
Institute of Education Sciences Practice Guide: Teaching Secondary Students to Write Effectively
Center on Instruction Practice Brief: Effective Instruction for Adolescent Struggling Readers
Institute of Education Sciences Research Synthesis: Improving Reading Outcomes for Students With or At-Risk for Reading Disabilities
Teen Ink – a website and printed magazine with writing by teens for teens. This site accepts art, poems, stories, personal narratives, college admission essays, and reviews of favorite (and least favorite) movies, books, colleges, and websites for their monthly print and online magazine.
Figment – a site for teenagers who love to write and want to share their work and talk about creative writing with other young people
Frodo’s Notebook – an online quarterly magazine that invites teen writers to submit personal nonfiction essays, fiction, poetry, and reviews.
Youth Voices – a National Writing Project supported site; We invite youth of all ages to voice their thoughts about their passions, to explain things they understand well, to wonder about things they have just begun to understand, and to share discussion posts with other young people using as many different genres and media as they can imagine!
Bookopolis – GoodReads for kids, where students can post and share book reviews
Launchpad – provides a creative and engaging atmosphere for young writers and artists to display their work.
Genius – interconnected websites that allow people to engage in social annotation of news, sports, literature, song lyrics, history and screenplays
Tools & Platforms
Issuu – free web-based publishing; upload PDFs for slick looking, colorful products
KidBlog – safe and simple blogging platform for students
Tumblr – blog platform more appropriate for high school students
Blogger – Google’s blogging platform; privacy settings can be adjusted
Wikispaces – a wiki platform you can use to have students publish for each other or write collaboratively