10 Go-to Resources for English Teachers
As an English teacher, you have a big job. You must make reading and writing interesting for students and help them develop critical skills that they will use throughout their lives. In order to do this, you need a variety of texts and creative ways to teach basic language arts concepts. These 10 go-to resources for English teachers will provide you with lesson plans, texts and other resources to make your classroom as engaging as possible and help you reach students at all levels.
Scholastic is the leader in books and resources for English teachers. A visit to Scholastic’s website will provide you with lesson plans, book wizards to help you find texts for your students to read, fun activities and opportunities to collaborate with other teachers.
ReadWriteThink is a partnership between the International Library Association and National Council of Teachers of English. The website offers lesson plans and student interactives for use at all levels. Teachers will also find professional develop resources, such as strategy guides and access to articles from professional publications.
Web English Teacher
Organized by categories such as poetry, grammar, literature and mythology, Web English Teacher offers numerous resources for teachers. While it does not offer many of its own resources, it has collected a wealth of links to quality lesson plans from other resources. Instead of browsing through the results of an Internet search and weeding out the inappropriate results, Web English Teacher has already done that work for you.
Sometimes the textbook is not enough. When you need more texts to engage your students, visit Project Gutenberg. This resource contains thousands of texts in the public domain. Books are available as eBooks and many are also available as audiobooks to appeal to your auditory learners.
To use Tumble Books, you must purchase a subscription, but it is worth every penny. This resource offers interactive storybooks for students at all levels. Each book allows students to see and hear the text of the story. It is an ideal resource for struggling readers or those who just need a little more incentive to read. Many local libraries already offer access to Tumble Books for card holders.
Find lesson plans and professional development resources through the National Council of Teachers of English website. The organization is designed to support English teachers and provide them with information on the latest best practices and issues in the world of English education.
Jim Burke: The English Teacher’s Companion
Jim Burke’s The English Teacher’s Companion is a go-to resource for English teachers everywhere. Burke’s website features a wealth of graphic organizers and other resources to help teachers bring critical thinking into the classroom and help struggling students.
Frank Baker: Media Literacy Clearinghouse
Teaching English extends beyond traditional texts. Students must also learn to become media literate. Frank Baker’s Media Literacy Clearinghouse provides a wealth of non-traditional texts and resources for teaching about concepts such as audience, bias and general media literacy.
EDSITEment, sponsored by the National Endowment of the Humanities, offers the “best of the humanities on the web.” Find lesson plans for literature and language arts at any grade level that combine critical thinking skills with classic texts.
The American Library Association’s website is full of resources for English teachers. Check out the different divisions, such as the AASL and YASLA for professional development resources, book suggestions and grants for the classroom.