English Language Arts

NEW – TeenTribune.com – free Smithsonian website for students and teachers 
TeenTribune.com is a website for teachers and students brought to you by the Smithsonian. The best part: It’s completely free! TeenTribune offers twice-daily AP news articles that are Lexile® leveled for K-12, self-scoring quizzes, critical thinking questions, student commenting, lesson plans, weekly videos and a “Monday Morning Ready” newsletter that helps teachers get a jump-start on their week. TeenTribune also offers TeenTribuneEspanol with articles in Spanish. The Smithsonian TeenTribune family of sites helps empower K-12 teachers to develop students’ 21st century literacy & technology skills. Learn more and sign-up here: http://microsite.smithsonianmag.com/tweentribune/

PenPal Schools
PenPal Schools connects over 50 thousand students from 49 countries to discover other cultures, learn about global issues, and practice foreign languages through 1-1 online exchanges. Our apps for desktop and mobile devices make connections easy, and our 6-week standards-aligned courses include videos, texts, and discussion questions differentiated for students of all ages. Through our World News and foreign language courses, students exchange perspectives on global issues in the news such as the environment and poverty, or practice languages with native speakers while learning about culture and history in their PenPals’ countries. Teachers can sign up at penpalschools.com and can pay what they want to participate, including $0 for those who lack funding.

Free One-Year Subscription to YES! Magazine for Teachers and School Librarians 
YES! Magazine is an online and print publication that emphasizes positive solutions for contemporary challenges, such as climate change, social justice, and consumerism. It offers middle school through university educators and school librarians a FREE one-year introductory subscription. Subscribe today!

WordPlay Shakespeare – for Secondary ELA Teachers
This new Shakespeare/ESL reading resource has placed a full, custom-filmed performance of Shakespeare’s plays right next to the play’s text, so students and teachers can now watch Shakespeare’s words come to life. Macbeth and Midsummer are available now, Romeo and Juliet arrives in September.  For more information and free download samples contact the publisher, Alexander Parker, at alexander@thenewbookpress.com.

200 Prompts for Argumentative Writing 
Check out these cool writing prompts from the New York Times. Audience: High School.

Achieve 3000 is an online literacy resource that improves reading proficiency by providing differentiated lessons based on students’ lexile (reading) levels
Recently, Achieve 3000 and TFA have partnered together in giving every corps member a free, full-access subscription to all Achieve 3000 has to offer! This includes:

  • a gigantic database of 100% nonfiction content (articles are pulled from the associated press and added to the database on a weekly basis!)
  • extra, preemptive layers of scaffolding for struggling readers and English learners (every article is rewritten at 12 different lexile levels, as well as translated into Spanish and available at 6 different lexile levels!)

All TFA Corps members are eligible for a free two-year subscription to Achieve3000. Click here to access this amazing resource today!

Free Books!
Deborah McTiernan has written a book called “Lilly Noble & Actual Magic”. It is a Harry Potter like book about a girl in middle school who is sent to a school where some of the courses are learning about magic. It has a good plot with a lot of twists and is appropriate for our students probably between 11-17.  She is interested in donating books to schools and I know how desperate many of our teachers are for some good books (especially if they are free!).  You can contact her directly at deb@deborahmctiernan.com. She just needs to know how many copies they want and an address where they can be drop-shipped.

Girl Rising Available for Free
Girl Rising is a groundbreaking film, directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Robbins, which tells the stories of 9 extraordinary girls from 9 countries, written by 9 celebrated writers and narrated by 9 renowned actresses. Girl Rising showcases the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world.  Girl Rising has partnered with Gathr, a new web-based service that enables people to request and attend theatrical screenings of a movie that otherwise would not be available to play at a theater near them. Gathr unites you with Girl Rising, right in your neighborhood.  Check out the website here to learn more.

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