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Language Arts and Reading Instruction Resources


Campaign for Grade Level Reading: 3rd grade reading success matters
Established as a collaboration of many foundations to meet the challenge of helping children of poverty to succeed academically. The campaign suggests strategies to attack the issues of school readiness, parent engagement, summer learning loss and chronic absence. Links to research, strategies for meeting the challenges, and materials (banners, videos, etc.) for individual campaigns are available.
Grades: PreK - 3
International Reading Association (IRA)
The International Reading Association is a professional association dedicated to promoting literacy by improving the quality of reading instruction, disseminating literacy research and information, and "encouraging the lifetime reading habit."
Grades: PreK - 12
Modern Language Association (MLA)
The Modern Language Association works to strengthen the study and teaching of language and literature, in both English and foreign languages. The MLA publishes books, pamphlets, a comprehensive international bibliography, and style guidelines.
Grades: 9 - 12
National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
The National Council of Teachers of English is dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of English and the language arts. NCTE provides opportunities for teachers to continue their professional growth and a framework for dealing with issues that affect the teaching of English.
Grades: K - 12

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Bibliographies and Research Guides

Big books: Language arts, social studies & Spanish
Focusing on language arts, social studies and Spanish many of these oversized picture books have teaching guides with suggestions for lesson planning. Big Books may be borrowed from the Curriculum Materials Center of the Cheng Library for 28 days.
Grades: PreK - 3
Children's Magazines
A list of juvenile magazines that are available in the Curriculum Materials Center. Titles cover many areas of the curriculum, and are aimed at students from preschool through high school.
Grades: PreK - 12
Fractured Fairy Tales
Each book on this list is an alternate telling of a popular children's story. Each title is labeled with the original story. All books are available in the Curriculum Materials Center of the Cheng Library.
Grades: PreK - 8
Language Arts Education Videos, Grades 6-12
This is an annotated list of videos, that are appropriate for grades 6-12. These videos, available in either DVD or VHS format, are located in Media Services of the Cheng Library. They may be viewed in the library or checked out.
Grades: 6 - 12
Language Arts Education Videos, K-5
This is an annotated list of videos that are appropriate for grades PreK-5. These videos, available in either DVD or VHS format, are located in the Curriculum Materials Center of the Cheng Library. They may be viewed in the library or checked out.
Grades: K - 5
Latin America & the Caribbean
A selected list of materials about Latin America and the Caribbean for PreK through Grade 12. Titles identified include picture books,novels, folklore, poetry and biography. All are available in the Curriculum Materials Center of the Cheng Library. Additional factual materials about these countries are also available.,
Grades: PreK - 12
Literature and Language Arts Teaching Resources
A selection of literature and language arts resources helpful for teachers (PreK to 12). These books are available from the Curriculum Materials Center, located in the David and Lorraine Cheng Library of William Paterson University.
Grades: PreK - 12
Poetry Teaching Resources
A listing of both children's poetry (K-8)and selected teaching resources that are available from the Curriculum Materials Center of the Cheng Library.
Grades: K - 8
Tall Tales
This is a selected list of tall tales that are available in the Curriculum Materials Center of the Cheng Library.
Grades: K - 8
Trickster Tales
Trickster tales feature crafty characters who often find themselves in tricky situations but always find a way out. This is a selected list of trickster tales that are available in the Curriculum Materials Center of the Cheng Library.
Grades: PreK - 6

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Children's Literature Comprehensive Database
Contains records for over 1 million book titles, as well as full-text reviews for many of those titles. Records often include reading levels (Lexile, Accelerated Reader, etc.) [1761 - present]
Grades: PreK - 12
ELSIE: Early Literacy Storytime Ideas Exchange
Developed by the Hennepin County Library, ELSIE is a database of over 500 picture books. Each entry features a short summary and Presentation Ideas that suggest how to develop early literacy skills. Search by keyword, or specific skill groups, e.g. phonological sensitivity.
Grades: PreK - 3
Literature Resource Center
Search by author, title, literary theme, historical period, etc. for full-text biographies and criticism of major children and adult authors. Available to William Paterson community only.
Grades: 9 - 12
Novelist K-8 Plus
Provides subject access for fiction and nonfiction titles aimed at students in grades K-8. Includes full-text reviews for many titles, as well as access to teacher resources for promoting reading,and tips on using picture books as a springboard to interesting and educational activities.
Grades: K - 8
Points of View Reference Center
Full-text database that provides multiple viewpoints on a variety of contemporary issues. Each topic section features an overview along with point and counterpoint essays drawn from a variety of sources, plus supplementary information including primary source documents and guides to critical thinking.
Grades: 9 - 12

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Lesson Plans and Teaching Activities

BBC KS2 Bitesize
Sponsored by the BBC (British Broadcasting Service) this website includes interactive games to teach reading, writing and spelling and grammar.
Grades: 1 - 6
Between the Lions
The Between the Lions site from PBS provides stories, games, and multimedia to build early literacy skills. Curriculum connections, handouts and other ideas are available from the Teachers section.
Grades: PreK - 3
Children's Storybooks Online
This web site has original illustrated stories for children from Preschool to High School.(Some stories have audio clips.) Includes links to phonics web sites, riddles, puzzles and coloring book pages.
Grades: PreK - 12
Colorin Colorado
Subtitles: A bilingual website for families and educators of English language learners. Colorin Colorado contains information, strategies, activities, and resources for teachers who work with English learners. Activities are designed for PreK-3, but many can be adapted for older students. Sponsored by WETA (a public television station) with support from the American Federation of Teachers, National Institute for Literacy and the U.S. Department of Education.
Grades: PreK - 3
Education Place
Provided by textbook publisher, Houghton Mifflin, this website provides online support for their textbook series, as well as lesson plans (for a variety of topics), graphic organizers, handouts and activities for themes, outline maps, and links current event websites for kids.
Grades: K - 8
ELSIE: Early Literacy Storytime Ideas Exchange
Developed by the Hennepin County Library, ELSIE is a database of over 500 picture books. Each entry features a short summary and Presentation Ideas that suggest how to develop early literacy skills. Search by keyword, or specific skill groups, e.g. phonological sensitivity.
Grades: PreK - 3
Folger Shakespeare Library: K-12 Teachers
The Folger Shakespeare Library, located in Washington, DC, is the world’s largest collection of Shakespeare materials. The K-12 Teacher section includes lesson plans, primary sources and study guides. Audio and video podcasts are also available.
Grades: K - 12
Funbrain has more than 100 free educational games, online books, and comics. Created for kids ages preschool through grade 8, encourages the development of math, reading and literacy skills. Funbrain is published by Family Education Network, a part of Pearson
Grades: PreK - 8
Gateway to 21st Century Skills
The Gateway was developed by the U.S. Department of Education. Now supported by the National Education Association, the Gateway provides access to the lesson plans and other teaching resources from over 750 organizations. All are evaluated for authoritativeness, quality, and availability.
Grades: PreK - 12
Get Ready to Read!
Sponsored by the National Center for Learning Disabilities this resource is dedicated to building the literacy skills of preschoolers. It provides resources and information for parents, educators and librarians, including a screening tool to assess a child's early literacy skills. Provides recommendations for early literacy activities. Spanish version available.
Grades: PreK - 2
Graphic Classroom
Creator Chris Wilson uses a blog to review graphic novels and make recommendations for their use in the K-12 classroom. If available links to lesson plans are provided. Searchable by keyword, as well as by topics, this blog provides reviews, articles and additional links about graphic novels.
Grades: K - 12
Houghton Mifflin Education Place
While primarily created to support the use of Houghton Mifflin textbooks, this web site includes Classroom Resources for Teachers that can be used independently. Resources include monthly themes, bilingual resources, outline maps, graphic organizers, shape-book patterns and a link library.
Grades: PreK - 5
Inklewriter enables students to create interactive branched stories ("choose your own adventure"). Created by two game designers this tool is free but does require the user to register. Projects may be shared with a limited or global audience.
Grades: 6 - 12
Into the Book
Into the Book provides both a student and teacher website to focus on interactive reading strategies. The videos and online learning activities were developed by the Wisconsin Educational Communications Board with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
Grades: K - 5
Literactive provides levelled guided readers, phonic activities and interactive games for pre-school through grade 1. All the material is available for free from this site but registration is required. Includes materials specifically designed for English language learners.
Grades: PreK - 1
NEA--Read Across America
Read Across America Day, is a national reading celebration that takes place each year on or near March 2, the birthday of Dr. Seuss. This website provides teachers, librarians and parents the ideas, resources, activities, reproducibles, etc. not only for this event but to keep reading kids reading throughout the year. Sponsored by the NEA (National Education Association).
Grades: PreK - 6
NJASCD Common Core Portal
The New Jersey Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (NJASCD) created this web page to help guide the implementation of the Common Core Standards. "Uncommonly Good Curriculum Projects" are units of study developed by schools throughout NJ. "Format/Template for Curriculum Design" can be used for development of curriculum units. Additional resources about the Common Core Standards are also available
Grades: K - 12
Poetry for Kids
Part of the 42eXplore (four to explore) website created by Annette Lamb and Larry Johnson. Poetry for Kids is a collection of links to poetry websites for kids and teachers. (Some broken links).
Grades: K - 12
Developed by the Academy of American Poets this extensive collection of poetry resources includes the ability to search by poem title or poet's name, contains brief biographies of poets. Also available are audio and video clips of poets reading and discussing their work. The Educator's section has lesson plans and currriculum units written by high school teachers.
Grades: 9 - 12
Reading Rockets
Sponsored by public television station WETA, Reading Rockets is a literacy initiative to help children learn to read, and to help parents, teachers, librarians and other professionals support children in their reading. The website includes research-based strategies, videos and podcasts, information about children's book authors and many additional resources. Colorin Colorado is the Spanish version of this website.
Grades: PreK - 5
Designed to teach reading through phonemic awareness, systematic phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension this free program includes interactive games, stories and other activities. Divided into four levels: ABC's, Learn to read, It's fun to read and I'm reading.
Grades: PreK - 2
Teachers.net Literature Lessons
Literature lessons that are useful for teachers of elementary, middle, and high schools. Easily organized and coded by grade and subject, the lessons cover the classics, new books, and multiple genres.
Grades: PreK - 12
Web English Teacher
An award winning collection of Language Arts lesson plans and teaching ideas primarily for grades 6-12, but also includes K-5. Includes links to resources about authors and poets, and playwrights, as well as information about book reports, grammar, media and information literacy, vocabulary and writing. Maintained by English teacher, Carla Beard.
Grades: K - 12

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Style Guides

Landmarks Son of Citation Machine
Created by David Warlick Son of Citation Machine helps create citations in either APA, MLA, Chicago or Turabian formats. After selecting the format of material cited, the Citation Machine prompts the user to provide the information for that citation format. Gives guidelines on capitalization, etc. for each entry.
Grades: 4 - 12

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Other Resources

Absolute Shakespeare
"The essential resource for William Shakespeare's plays, sonnets, poems, quotes, biography and the legendary Globe Theatre." Complete text of plays, sonnets, and poems, as well as biographical information, a timeline, study guides and trivia.
Grades: 6 - 12
Community Club
Part of Scholastic's Listen and Read collection of short stories that young readers can read and/or listen to. The Community Club section includes eight community helpers. There is a quiz at the end of each story. Other subject areas covered are: American History, Animals, Civics and Government, Environmental Studies, Plants and Flowers, Science, and Social Studies
Grades: PreK - 2
Getting Boys to Read
Created by Teacher Librarian Mike McQueen, a blog for parents, librarians, and teachers that provides information and support through articles, videos, interviews, and book reviews.
Grades: K - 12
Lexile Framework for Reading
Lexile measures both text complexity as well as student reading ability and this website provides tools to help teachers, students and parents match books to a student's reading level. You can identify the Lexile measure for a specific title, or identify books for a student. Registering enables you to save reading lists or to find the Lexile measure of your own text.
Grades: K - 12
Life in Elizabethan England
Nearly 90 pages of information about everyday life in Tudor England--food, occupations, games, religion, fashion, manners, attitudes and education in the time of Queen Elizabeth I and Shakespeare. Written by Maggie Secara for writers, actors and re-enactors.
Grades: 6 - 12
Founded by Seth Cassel (co-founder of the website, Flamingnet Teen Book Reviews) this website encourages teens and preteens to register to read and review books for teens. All students must have an adult sponsor to participate. Students select books to be reviewed that are sent to them in either print or ebook format.
Grades: 4 - 12
NCTE/IRA Standards for the English Language Arts
Developed jointly by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and the International Reading Association (IRA) these standards complement other standards for the English Language Arts.
Grades: K - 12
Reading at Risk: A Survey of Literary Reading in America
The full text of a 2004 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) survey that found that literary reading is in dramatic decline. The report interprets data on literary reading of 17,000 adults and compares them with results from similar surveys carried out in 1982 and 1992.
Grades: 9 - 12
Reading on the Rise: A New Chapter in American Literacy
Reading on the Rise documents a definitive increase in rates and numbers of American adults who read literature. This new growth reverses two decades of downward trends cited previously in NEA reports such as Reading at Risk and To Read or Not To Read. Reading on the Rise is based on early results from the 2008 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts.
Grades: 9 - 12
Text Complexity Tools
Developed by Renaissance Learning for the Accelerated Reader (AR) program ATOS is a measure of text complexity or reading level. This website provides a link to two tools, ATOS Text Analyzer (that enables you to identify the reading level of a particular passage or book) and the AR BookFinder (a database that identifies the reading level of 150,000 books).
Grades: K - 12
To Read or Not To Read: A Question of National Consequence
This 2007 report is a comprehensive analysis of reading patterns of children, teenagers, and adults in the United States. Assembling data on reading trends from many sources, this report expands the 2004 report, Reading at Risk, and reveals declines in voluntary reading and test scores alike.
Grades: K - 12
We Believe in Picture Books
A video celebration of picture books compiled by Candlewick Press between August 2012 through August 2013. The videos feature authors, illustrators, teachers, librarians, students and parents.
Grades: PreK - 12

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