Alabama's Own Resources

APTPlus's Learn 360
Locate videos, images, speeches, newsreels, and audio aligned to standards

Alabama Virtual Library
Group of online databases containing magazine, journal, encyclopedia, and newspaper articles for research; maps; interactive activities in certain databases

ALEX
Web portal providing AL courses of study; lesson plans; links to websites; a personal web space; and opportunities for professional development

The Reading Genie
Dr. Bruce Murray, Auburn University, provides links to lessons, research, materials


Lesson Plans, Reference Materials, and Online Tools

ReadWriteThink
Best practices and resources for reading and language arts instruction; many interactive activities; reviewed web resources

Thinkfinity
Locate interactive materials; use Student Materials Index to find tools related to your subject

International Reading Association
Supports literacy professionals through a wide range of resources, advocacy efforts, volunteerism, and professional development activities
International Literacy Day, traditionally observed annually on September 8, focuses attention on worldwide literacy needs

Get Ready to Read
A program of the National Center for Learning Disabilities; online games; activity cards; literacy checklists for home, the classroom, child care

Reading Resources from Gail Lovely
Links to reading resources for struggling readers, reading in the content area, etc.

UDL Book Builder: Model Books
Create, share, publish, and read digital books that engage and support diverse learners according to their individual needs, interests, and skills

BBC Learning English
Links for teachers and students, including free online texts, articles and advice

Professor Garfield
Interactive online environment for children between kindergarten and 8th grade; many activities use the cartoon Garfield by Jim Davis to support reading

Into the Book
A reading comprehension resource for K-4 students and teachers; interactive materials;10-minute professional development videos; lesson plans, video and audio clips, downloads

**Online Literacy Resources**
Many literacy resources sorted by topic

**TEAMS Educational Resources**
Links to quality sites for reading, language arts, and other subjects
**Patti’s Electronic Classroom**

Flashlight Reader
Online club; interactive; beginning through advanced-level readers; games, activities, author chats, and slideshows; teacher and parent support

****Reading Lady****
Find books, Readers Theatre’s scripts; information on author studies, guided reading, poetry

**Reading A-Z**
Printable books and lesson plans to teach guided reading, phonics, phonemic awareness, fluency, and reading comprehension; subscribe (fee) to have access to all materials

Scholastic.com
Lessons, activities, tools for teachers; games, tools for kids

PBS Kids
Stories and games; featuring characters such as Arthur, Barney, Clifford, Maya & Miguel

Reading Comprehension Worksheets
Includes original stories, poems, essays, and articles; most appropriate for upper elementary through middle school years

Reading Resources K-5
Alabama's own Cameron McKinley offers links to a plethora of reading resources

Word Game Boards
Design your own game boards with PowerPoint and Word


Graphic Organizers

**Graphic Organizers**
A variety of graphic organizers to copy and print for the classroom


Writing

Intel Education: Technology Literacy
Entire plan developed by Chicago Public Schools, adapted for the Intel site; opportunities for authentic research, writing, and communication; embed technology literacy in the core curriculum for students ages 11-15

The Biography Maker
A tool to assist students in writing biographies; leads the student from first idea to final product

Writing Fix: prompts, lessons, and resources for writing classrooms
Writing prompts, lessons, writing workshops

Can Teach-English/Language Arts
Writing prompts and journal topics

Wacky Web Tales
Geared for grades 3 and above; students complete a wacky story by filling in the parts of speech blanks

Better Book Report Ideas from Education World
25 book report ideas for students and teachers

PowerPoint Presentations on Grammar
PPT presentations to assist with teaching grammar; offered by Capital Community College Foundation as part of their Guide to Grammar and Writing

Don't Use Said
Animation encouraging writers to use words other than said when writing dialogue

Make Beliefs Comix
Students create their own comic strips; promoting writing skills

Power Proofreading
Students practice writing skills by correcting grammar in these interactive games

Word Development

**Dolch Kit**
Learn how one teacher organizes a Dolch kit; games; links to other Dolch sites

Merriam Webster's Word Central
Build your own dictionary; daily buzzword; games; teacher resources

RhymeZone Rhyming Dictionary and Thesaurus
Type a word and find its rhymes, synonyms, definitions

Bartleby.com
Columbia Encyclopedia, American Heritage Dictionary, Roget's II: The New Thesaurus, American Heritage Book of English Usage, Columbia World of Quotations, Simpson's Contemporary Quotations, Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, Oxford Shakespeare, Gray's Anatomy, Strunk's Elements of Style, World Factbook, Columbia Gazetteer.


Literature & Authors

Virtual Author Visits in Your Library or Classroom
The mission of the Skype an Author Network is to provide K-12 teachers and librarians with a way to connect authors, books, and young readers through virtual visits.
Page by Page Books
Read classic books for free
**Shelfari**
A gathering place for authors, aspiring authors, publishers, and readers; has many tools and features to help these groups connect with each other in a fun and engaging way


This Goodly Land
Explore Alabama's diverse literary works. Find Alabama authors, student resources, teacher resources, and more

****Children’s Storybooks Online****
Although the site has advertisements, there are stories to both read and hear; riddles; mazes; coloring book

Online Children’s Stories
Links to reading sites

Children's Authors and Illustrators on the Web
Links to author sites

Absolutely Whootie: Stories to Grow By
Elementary & middle school; stories from around world plus activities

American Folklore
Retellings of American folktales, Native American myths and legends, Tall Tales, weather folklore and ghost stories from each of the 50 states. Read about famous characters such as Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill, Jesse James, Davy Crockett, Daniel Boone and many more.

SurLaLune Fairy Tale Pages
Fairy tales; discussion board; annotations of fairy tales

Wendy's World of Stories for Children
A collection of links to fables, folktales, fairy tales, campfire stories

International Children’s Digital Library
The mission of the ICDL is to select, collect, digitize, and organize children's materials in their original languages and to create appropriate technologies for access and use by children 3-13 years old



Strategies for Teaching Reading

Reading Rockets: Reading Comprehension & Language Arts Teaching Strategies for Kids
Reading strategies, lessons, and activities; many Reading Rockets' programs available for download as either a video or audio podcast, such as Meet the Author, Meet the Expert

The Knowledge Loom: The Practices
Promising practices related to vocabulary development and understanding text structures; information on supporting literacy in four content areas

Literacy Matters
"The goal of the Literacy Matters project is to improve the literacy development of middle grades and secondary school students, especially those students who are struggling to succeed."; information and valuable resources to support the teacher in promoting literacy in the content area

Web-based Visual Aids for Literacy Instructors
A list of Web sites where you can find videos, printable games, self-guided learning activities, photos and more that you can use with students or that students can interact with online


Readability Levels

Fry's Readability Graph and Directions for Use from Kathy Schrock
The Fry Graph along with directions for using the graph

The Lexile Framework for Reading
Find a scale for matching reader ability and text difficulty; parents may use the site to find books for their children.



Professional Development

International Reading Association: Podcasts
Podcasts on research-based, classroom-tested teaching ideas

Into the Book
A reading comprehension resource for K-4 students and teachers; interactive materials;10-minute professional development videos; lesson plans, video and audio clips, downloads


Student Publishing

Student Publishing
A list of sites maintained by Patti Greenleaf of the Amphitheater Public School District

Scholastic.com: Teachers: Write It: Publish Your work
Scholastic's showcase of student work; explore Critics' Picks for the best of the best, or read all the published work in a particular genre

Lulu.com
Student may create stories and self-publish; cost involved in publishing

Titatok: Imagine a Story
Student may create stories and self-publish; cost involved in publishing