If you’re looking for practical instructional ideas, you’re in the right place.
These classroom-tested lesson plans provide ready resources for teachers working with students aged from kindergarten to high school.
Initials in annotations below indicate academic level of the resource (E=Elementary, M=Middle, S=Secondary, C=College, G=General).
Bright Ideas for Summer
Summer is a time of fun in the sun--but a dangerous hazard lurks in the shadows: the infamous summer slide! Summer slide is the term used to describe the academic loss that kids suffer as they take a break from school during the summer months. But fear not, ReadWriteThink.org can help make your child's time off school filled with reading and writing opportunities that are both educational and fun. Click here to learn more!
Summer Reading and Learning Resources
What could be better for a student's literacy skills than a summer filled with reading of all kinds? Summer reading programs urge students to read during their summer vacations, developing and maintaining a lifelong habit of reading for pleasure. Summer reading also helps students retain and sharpen literacy skills during the months that they are out of the classroom. Check out these summer resources today!
With a fresh look and many exciting new features, ReadWriteThink.org offers a wider audience more opportunities to find just the literacy resources they need and to share their thoughts and experiences with other community members. You will find the familiar lessons, student interactives, calendar activities, and more. Be sure to check out the areas for Professional Development, Community Stories and Parent & Afterschool Resources.
Focus on 21st Century Literacies
Kick off an exploration of 21st-Century Literacies with ReadWriteThink lesson plans that focus on multimedia texts.
For Elementary Teachers
Get the Reel Scoop: Comparing Books to Movies (E) teaches students to think critically about books and their movie counterparts by analyzing the texts and then selecting a cut or adapted scene from the book to present in readers theater.
For Middle Level Teachers
On a Musical Note: Exploring Reading Strategies by Creating a Soundtrack (M) invites students to create soundtracks or playlists for novels they have read. The lesson is a possible book report alternative!
For Secondary Teachers
A Collaboration of Sites and Sounds: Using Wikis to Catalog Protest Songs (S) asks students to critique and analyze multimedia texts through collaborative research and online writing.
ideas from INBOX Newsletter
In a recent ReadWriteThink podcast (M-S), host Jennifer Buehler highlights the ability of series books to engage readers. Jennifer also recommends several young adult literature series as she discusses how to find quality stories amidst the great number of commercial products available.
Visit the Ideas from INBOX to find resources that support teaching quality series books in your classroom.
Back to School Ideas
It's time for school bells to start ringing, classrooms to start buzzing, and teachers to start off on their year-long adventure with a new group of students. Get things off to the best start by checking out these back to school teaching strategies and resources from NCTE today!