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In order to address literacy, there are a plethora of online tools to help teachers in any grade and

any content area. Here are a few that I highly recommend:


Name
ReadWriteThink

Website Link
www.readwritethink.org

Reading Rockets

http://www.readingrockets.org/

Library of Congress

http://www.loc.gov/teachers/

Advantages
Aimed to help teachers, parents
and tutors
Formulated and reviewed by
educational literary
professionals
Calendar of Events section:
Literacy lessons that address
specific days in history (great
for Social Studies teachers!)
Free printable handouts
Professional development
opportunities (i.e. workshops,
conferences and college
courses)
Resources to help tutors and
their pupils with reading and
writing in the content area.
Aimed to help parents and
teachers of young children
First year teacher resource
center
Suggested childrens books to
help strengthen young readers
love for literacy
Numerous strategies to address
a specific literacy area (i.e.
phonics, writing, fluency, etc.)
before, during and after reading
Tips section for parents and
teachers of struggling readers
Videos to understand various
reading disabilities or problems
Interactive forums (i.e. blogs,
webcasts)
Resources divided by Common
Core, state and national
standards

Smithsonian
Education

http://www.smithsonianeducation.org
/educators/index.html

Study Guides and


Strategies

http://studygs.net/index.htm

the hub for primary sources


Current professional
development opportunities
(workshops, conferences,
training modules, etc.)
Access to a multitude of digital
resources
Each state standard is resourced
with presentations, primary
sources, lesson plans and
activities
Collections of primary sources
and activities for themed units
(i.e. Civil Rights)
Teachers can access materials
according to state standards,
grade level and content area
Virtual tours of museums and
artifacts available
Interactive resources for
students on topics such as art,
history, science and geography
free lesson plans available
professional development
opportunities available (i.e.
summer workshops and online
writing workshops)
Step-by-step guide for how to
plan a field trip to the museums
A variety of primary sources for
each content area available
Provides information to help
study skills in all content areas
Information can be translated in
38 languages
User friendly and free resources
available
Test preparation and test taking
tips
Time management skills

Writing Fix

http://writingfix.com/index.htm

How-To-Study.com

http://www.how-to-study.com/

provided for each content area


Tips for learning independently
and collaboratively
Highlights study tips for math
and science
Literacy areas addressed (i.e.
reading, writing, spelling,
vocabulary, etc.)
Study tips for all types of
learners including learning
disabilities, adults and athletes
writing prompts for any grade
level
free lesson plans addressing
any component of writing (i.e.
persuasive writing, narratives,
poetry, etc.
interactive writing games
access to in-service and
workshop information
various lessons paired with a
suggested book
student feedback on activities
collaboration of resources from
certified teachers
Easy navigation
Articles that support the
success in math, note-taking,
memorization, college essays,
language arts, and test taking
Collaborative community of
study tips from students and
teachers
Teaching tips for classroom
management, teaching
techniques, etc.
Self-assessments in English and
Spanish (i.e. test anxiety,
learning style, etc.)
Resource store (books and
DVDs for purchase)

WebQuest

http://webquest.org/index.php

Internet4Classrooms

http://www.internet4classrooms.com/in
dex.htm

National Assessment
of Educational
Progress (NAEP)

http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/

Instructional products and


resources that meet Common
Core standards
Easy navigation to find
resources based on grade level
and subject matter
Free lesson plans and activities
that are Web-driven
Developed and reviewed by
technology and educational
experts
Teachers can submit and share
their own WebQuests
All WebQuests address higher
level thinking skills (i.e.
problem-solving)
Research on the success of
WebQuests provided
Store of products and books
Blog community for questions
and answers
Adheres to the Common Core
standards
Technology tips and tutorials
Online math games
Icons to symbolize type of
resources such as ones for new
on site, lesson plan, video or
sound
Resources for every grade level
and content area
SAT/ACT preparatory
resources available
Practice tests by content area or
grade level
Daily Dose section (trivia, brain
teasers, etc.)
Easy navigation for parents,
students, educators, media and
policymakers

Fair Test

http://www.fairtest.org/

Reliable data provided by the


National Center for Education
Statistics
Data based on literacy results
from grades 4, 8 and 12
(national representative
sampling)
Access to publications with
NAEP data
School search includes
demographics of public and
private schools and colleges
Sample test questions provided
Data is presented in various
forms (i.e. by gender)
Tutorials for data interpretation
available
Focuses on reviewing
standardized tests that are
reliable and fair
Illustrates research and facts to
support the flaws in testing and
its purpose
Promotes alternative methods
to standardized testing
Encourages involvement from
parents, educators, students,
etc.
An in-depth overview of the
pros and cons in college
admissions
Monthly newsletters with the
most current news or reviews
concerning testing