Literacy Links for Educators


Within this page you can find links on creative ways to engage kids in books, learning to read, and writing. Although they are geared for the classroom, parents are educators, too, and many of the ideas will work well at home … particularly those designed to bring reading to life.

General Resources

see alsoMulti-media Literacy

20 Questions and Answers about Dyslexia that Teachers Can Use to Reshape Instruction – Dyslexia can go undetected,  and you’ll find resources that can help. This article on the Reading Rockets Website is helpful not just for educators, but parents, as well.

100 Incredibly Useful YouTube Channels for Educators – You’ll find links to everything from National Geographic and the various Smithsonian institutions to the CIA (Culinary Institute of America) and the Anaheim Ballet.

Anastasia Suen’s Literacy Microsite – Author/teacher/blogger Anastasia Suen has created has compiled an incredibly comprehensive set of resources and ideas about learning to read, easy readers, and reading levels.

Author Name Pronunciation Guide – TeachingBooks created this great resource to help you correctly pronounce an author’s name.

Back to School: Booklists, Book Reviews and Other Resources Elaine Magliaro has put together an incredibly comprehensive list for jumping into a new school year @ Wild Rose Reader (August 2009)

Book Talk: Checklist for Children’s Literature by Kathy Stemke @ Educationtipster (January 2010)

Choosing Books that are Just Right by Melinda Parks @ Learn NC, found via The Big Fresh, the Choice Literacy Newsletter, 5 February 2010

Education Oasis – There are lots of great links on this website, including a day-by-day calendar of events with curriculum ideas, children’s book reviews, and tons of other resources.

INK Think Tank: Nonfiction Authors in Your Classroom.The main feature of this website is a FREE, searchable database of hundreds of in-print books all written by the 22 award-winning I.N.K. authors. Now you can find lists of books for all grade levels covering content mandated by National Education Standards and your state curriculum.

Making Time for Literacy Chit-Chat to Support Book Choice by Franki Siberson @ Choice Literacy (August 2009) – In this article Franki talks about how she uses classroom time to engage her students in talking about books. She offers a list of questions to help get those chats started.

Light the Spark of Literacy – This is Cathy Puett Miller’s blog for engaging teachers in promoting literacy. From the blog: “A blog for teachers who want to share and learn about getting kids to fall in love with reading and writing. We will also share about the importance of lighting sparks with families to include them in the process.”

Open Education Resources on Bon Education. “Educational materials and resources offered freely and openly for anyone to use and under some licenses to re-mix, improve and redistribute.” (Wikipedia definition)

The Power of Puppets by Lisa @ Two Learning Journeys (September 2009) This is a first-hand description of using puppets to engage students. Lisa is a reading support teacher.

Promoting Print Awareness by the Texas Education Agency @ Reading Rockets (August 2009) This is a set of guidelines for engaging young students in the process of understanding that language has meaning.

Reading Rockets! Ed Extras is a monthly feature that presents a one-page article about learning. There are a variety of forms and it is available in English and Spanish.

 Resources to Help Immigrant Children and English Learners by Lectura Books (August 2014). Use this post as a starting point to learn more about the Latino Family Literacy Project.

Tools for Literacy Programs – The National Center for Family Literacy created this FREE catalog in the Free Teacher’s Resources section of the website. The catalog is a user-friendly publication with literature organized into component and topical areas with full citations, summaries and findings provided. From the NCFL: “It is a useful tool for those currently working in family literacy, as well as for those interested in learning more!”

Video Book Trailer Resource Links by Keith Schoch @ Teach with Picture Books January 2010

What to Say on Parent/Teacher Night – Clare Landrigan and Tammy Mulligan have a great article at the Choice Literacy about topics teachers can share — and ideas on how to convey them — during the annual “back to school night.”

ELL and ESL

English as a Second Language: Resources and Online Links by M Bromberg @ BookBag (October 2009)

21st Century Literacies

Computers and Video Games in the Classroom: How to Set It Up and Keep It Going by The Buss @ Literabuss (October 2009)

A Modest Proposal (For Doing Research with Kids) by Deborah Heiligman @ I.N.K. (January 2010)

Picture Books

see also Articles with Tips for Raising Readers

Building Background Knowledge with Picture Books by Cathy Puett Miller (September 2009)

Picture Books for Teaching 6 Traits of Writing by Ms. Baar, La Villita Elementary Library

Teach With Picture Books – Frequently updated picture book resources, and activities for teachers and home schoolers, by Keith Schoch, teacher and consultant. “The main purpose of this site is to help teachers and homeschooling parents in grades 3-8 use picture books to enhance their instruction.”

Teaching With Picture Books – Also by Keith Schoch, “thirteen reasons why upper grade teachers should be incorporating picture books into their daily curriculum.”

Language Arts

The Draw-a-Reader Test: Informal Assessment Supporting Teacher Inquiry by Suzy Kaback at Choice Literacy.

Every Child Reads – A podcast interview with Donalyn Miller, author of The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child. Donalyn offers ideas for encouraging reading in school and at home. (August 2009)

Grammargator – This is a free grammar guide for teachers in a PDF format.

Poetry Foundation Learning Lab – This set of pages on the Poetry Foundation website offers tips, articles, and examples of ways for educators to use poetry and immerse kids in this form of literature.

Read Alouds for Building Community Early in the Year – This is both a podcast and transcript of a discussion with Mary Lee Hahn of A Year of Reading. You’ll find it at Choice Literacy.

Some Rules We Need to Break in our Reading Classrooms – You’ve heard them “read X pages before abandoning a book, or “you are too old to read this book.” Pernille Ripp takes the 11 most popular rules to be reconsidered in today’s classroom.

StoryStarters by Mark @ This Teaching Life (August 2009) – Mark talks about Scholastic’s StoryStarters program and offers ideas on ways to use it in the classroom to help students in grades 1 to 4 overcome writer’s block.

Tales of a Fourth Grade Slump: How to Help ELL Students Leap to Success by Kristina Robert on Colorin Colorado.

Writing Fix, – A Northern Nevada Writing Project.  Teaching writing through picture books. Lessons focus on the 6+1 writing traits.

Bringing Reading to Life

Learning Global Awareness, Part 1 Moms Inspire Learning (March 2009)

Learning lobal Awareness, Part 2

Moms Inspire

Learning (March 2009)

Nonfiction Picture Books that Incorporate Games and Play in the Classroom by Anna M. Lewis at Interesting Nonfiction for Kids (I.N.K.) (August 2009)

TeachingBooks.net – This is a School Library Journal microsite where you can find links to author programs, author websites, and book guides.

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