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Literacy Resources
MAISA Literacy Resources  

Frank Serafini  

Guys Read   A web-based literacy program for boys founded by author 
and First National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature Jon Scieszka… 
Our mission is to help boys become self-motivated, lifelong readers. 
Research shows that boys are having trouble reading, and that boys are 
getting worse at reading. Our idea is to help guys become readers by helping 
them find texts they want to read.

Kelly Gallagher   

MAISA K-12 Writing Units

Michigan’s Mission Possible  The resources and links on these pages are a collection of web tools and resources that have been either created or identified as useful in supporting adolescent literacy. They are websites that will identify student's literacy STRENGTHS, support literacy growth, and provide learning strategies that allow students to have greater access to content area knowledge.

Penny Kittle  

Saginaw Bay Writing Project  
SBWP offers professional development where teachers have the opportunity to become versed in best practice, grow as writers themselves, and develop the skills they need to become teacher leaders in their own districts. The Writing Project provides outreach to area schools, offers a variety of best practice workshops, sponsors writing marathons, publishes teacher and student writing anthologies, and consults with area districts to guide teacher professional development. The SBWP is committed to promoting excellence in the teaching and practice of writing.

Teachers College Reading & Writing Project  Teachers, coaches and principals are always looking for better resources to strengthen their important work in classrooms. We support that work by putting up important and useful resources that change throughout the year. We have examples of the sort of writing that students at every grade level, K-8, did during last year's units of study. The samples selected represent good work from the widest possible range of students. We also have many lists of recommended books. In addition, we have tools that you can use to assess your students' growth in writing and reading. Other materials, such as the TCRWP's 'curricular calendars' will soon be available from Heinemann by subscription.

BBC  ​Is a UK Royal Charter that set out to enrich people’s lives with programs and services that inform, educate and entertain. Their vision is to be the most creative organization in the world. The site offers teacher’s packs including lesson plans and printable resources for all ages.

Busy Teacher Cafe ​This K-6 site is geared towards providing busy teachers with reliable, practical information and avoiding the useless garble found on the internet. The site has themes, strategies, pintables, resources 
and a place to shop for additional resources.

Discovery Education   ​Offers a broad range of free classroom resources that complement and extend learning beyond the bell. Foster deeper engagement and opportunities for students to take charge of their own learning with high quality, engaging, relevant tools designed for today’s busy teachers and parents. Explore our programs and contests, interactive games, puzzles, lesson plans, videos and more. Resources are available by subject in grade levels K-5, 6-8 and 9-12.

Federal Reserve Education ​ offers resources for educational excellence.

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence  
​ Makes it easier to find teaching and learning resources from the federal government.

More than 1,500 federally supported teaching and learning resources are included from dozens of federal agencies. New sites are added regularly. You are invited to link to FREE. (Use a FREE logo, if you’d like). Get new resources delivered to you several times a week: sign up from the FREE RSS. Get the entire FREE database in XML.

Federal agencies, if you’re looking to involve teachers in developing teaching resources, see our lessons learned. Free is among the most popular K-12 websites maintained by the U.S. Department of Education because of the many great resources being offered by contributing federal agencies.

GED Academy (Reading made CERTAIN)  with the GED® Academy, your students are a part of a helping-hand support system that makes sure they get what they need to get the skills and knowledge for a GED diploma and a successful transition to post-secondary education. 

Jump Start​ World of Learning is a revolutionary educational software solution that transforms math, reading and critical thinking lessons into adventures! In each of the 4 grade-based programs, students are invited to embark on a journey through JumpStart World – a personalized 3D environment that evolves as a student progresses. Along the way, students master dozens of skills based on state and national educational standards. Designed by educators and built with cutting edge interactive technology, JumpStart World of Learning is a powerful supplemental learning program that every early elementary classroom needs.

Literacy Connection  ​provides a wealth of information on reading, teaching and tutoring techniques, ESL literacy, and adult literacy. We recommend resources that are useful for teachers, volunteers, and directors of literacy programs. Topics include the language experience approach, phonics, word study, word families, and the best in children's literature.

Literacy Zone  ​is a site started as a hobby by Mandy Barrow, a former teacher in the UK. The site is frequently visited by students aged between 7 and 11 years in age. Most students are visiting the site for help with homework and interactive zones and British Culture sections.

PBS Teachers Public television's primary mission is to inform and inspire the American public with multi-platform content of unparalleled educational quality. PBS is dedicated to providing you, your students and their families with resources that transform teaching and learning. Through our local stations' outreach, our program producers, and our online efforts like PBS Teachers, we will sustain and enhance the role that teachers play in our children's lives.

Read Write Think ​our mission is to provide educators, parents, and afterschool professionals with access to the highest quality practices in reading and language arts instruction by offering the very best in free materials.

Reading Rockets   is a national multimedia literacy initiative offering information and resources on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help.

Scholastic   promotes the importance and value of reading for success in school and in life, and to give you the tools and ideas for making reading easier, more fun and more accessible to the kids in your life – and for all children, all around the world.

SEN Teacher ​is a site that offers free teaching resources for special education. The site offers handouts that are printable.

Smithsonian Education   Center provides leadership in education at the Smithsonian through hosting www.SmithsonianEducation.org, the gateway to the institution’s educational resources and programs, publishing Smithsonian in Your Classroom, a journal for elementary and middle school educators, offering research opportunities and resources to the museum community, and conducting professional development programs for educators at all levels. The Center has created a long-term alliance with state education officials that has become the basis for several collaborative teacher training and resource development projects in a wide range of subjects. The Center also manages pan-institutional functions such as internships, heritage month celebrations, school tour programming, and the collection and analysis of data on Smithsonian education programs.

Sparklebox Literacy/English Resources   was launched in February 2006 as a means of sharing useful downloadable resources with teachers around the world.​ Since then the site has grown from a handful of products to many thousands, but the fundamental aim of sharing resources remains. Every resource on the site is FREE to download - NO payment is required.

Starfall conceived a program that would be available online across the world to all children who are learning to read in English.

Teacher Literacy​ is a fast growing education resource used by teachers across the world. Specializing in English and literacy at primary school level (4 to 11), the online Teacher-of-Literacy resource bank offers hundreds of pages of teaching materials including PowerPoints, worksheets, schemes of work and lessons by lesson classroom activities, all created by an English specialist with over 12 years of teaching experience.

Teacher Vision   Enhance reading skills with our extensive collection of printables, lesson plans, and activities on a variety of skill-building topics. Included you'll find our most popular resources on reading comprehension, phonics, literature, story analysis, alphabetizing, reading games and puzzles, and more. Plus, use reading in cross-curricular study; we have plenty of lessons that connect reading with science, social studies, history, math, and art. Learning to read well is a vital skill for students to master. Help them achieve that goal with our help.