Sunday, November 8, 2015

7 Amazing Websites to Help English Teachers

The internet is amazing and has a wealth of resources.  However, sometimes it helps to know where to look first.  These are 7 of my favorite websites to use with my classes.

1.  New York Times Learning - The New York Times has a treasure trove of resources for teachers.  My favorites are the text to text options that connect current events with other non fiction articles or famous pieces of literature like A Raisin in the Sun.

2.  Web English Teacher- This was my go-to website when I was first starting out.  The site is divided up by topic, author, text etc and provides links to all sorts of resources. Most, if not all, are free.

3.  Scholastic Book Wizard- I love this tool so I can make sure I'm giving students books that are appropriate for them.  You can search many books here and get an interest level and a reading level identification.  It also tells you if there is an AR or SSR quiz associated with the book.

4.  Facing History & Ourselves- If you need primary sources this site is rife with them.  This is a great way to find background information for historical context when reading novels.

5. Free Rice- This website lets students have fun while learning.  They can choose to work on grammar or vocabulary.  It is adaptive and it ends up donating to charities around the world that feed the hungry.

6. Poetry Foundation- I love this website for finding poems that demonstrate different types of figurative language or that deal with specific topics.  Some even have recordings with them.

7. NewsELA- If you need good non-fiction current events for your classes this site has articles that are written at 5 different reading levels. It's great for differentiation!

What websites do you use in your secondary English classroom?

Thanks for reading!

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