Keystone Literature Exam Resources

Literature - VMCM - Essential Elements of Fiction
Literature - VMCM - Essential Elements of Nonfiction
Literature - VMCM - Essential Elements of Nonfiction
Literature - VMCM - Literary Devices

Educore Tools for teaching the Common Core. Presents work of the Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC).
Create a Newspaper Online
What should I read next? Enter a book you like and the site will analyze our huge data base of real readers' favorite books to provide book recommendations and suggestions for what to read next.
Vocabulary Practice, "the quickest, most intelligent way to improve your vocabulary.

Create Trading Cards (Read-Write-Think Resource)
Mystery Cube (Read-Write-Think Resource)
40 Alternative Assessments for Learning by Charity Preston -(Reading and writing alternative assessment assignments)
Steve Barkley's - Questions for Life (QFL)Graphic enlarged to read or Print!

Try a "Pinwheel" Discussion: (Link takes you to a video to demonstrate how this works.)

Video Jug has a terrific series of 3-5 minute videos explaining different punctuation marks:

Common Proofreading Symbols

Flash Card Machine
NCTE: Read Write Think -Calendar

Edmodo: Secure Blog
FREE Language Arts Federal Resources

A VERY cool vocabulary tool Wordsift
A version of Wordsift with shapes

A+ Writing Research Paper Guide
A Solution to Reading Comprehension

Dense Questioning A strategy that teaches students
to respond & generate different types of questions based
on text connections.
Check out the ESL page for Academic Vocabulary Lists.
Additional Resource Links: Discovery Education
Social Networking for Literacy Leaders: English Companion Ning Where English teachers meet to help each other!

This site is an experiment in teaching great literature in a very different way. Using Google Earth, students discover where in the world the greatest road trip stories of all time took place... and so much more! Google Lit Trips

Not sure what to read next, a fun website to help you choose: What Should I Read Next
The Class of 2009features children's and YA literature authors with their first books coming out this year. It's always fun to get a peek at what's new, as well as the enthusiasm of real people experiencing the joy of publishing their first book.

New Lits A wiki space middle school language arts/literacy educators (typically Grades 5 to 8). Resources focus on new literacies and digital technologies.

Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends.

Grammar Girl's fun podcasts of quick grammar tips with include printed transcripts. Teens and adults alike enjoy these weekly broadcasts, and it's very helpful to have the text available to reinforce the ideas: Grammar Quick & Dirty Tips

Writing Instruction The National Writing Project has posted 30 Ideas for Teaching Writing culled from their journal archives, with links to the original articles: A Different Way to Read Great Literature!

Finding eBooks online. A great place to start exploring the wealth of digital content available online is the University of Virginia's FREE eBook library. The library holds over 2,000 public domain books in classic British and American literature, American History, Shakespeare, African-American docments and other categories. If you're looking for more mondern works, nonfiction andhow-to titles, visit the classic British and American literature, American history, Shakespeare, African-American documetns and other categories. If you're looking for more modern works, nonfiction and how-to titles, visit the Microsoft online bookstore .
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Build excitement for reading with book trailers. Find 65 summer reads sure to ignite a reading fire in students across grade levels at Scholastic?