In this Edutopia article, the author offers everything from blogs to infographics as ways to have students grow as writers, https://www.edutopia.org/article/alternatives-5-paragraph-essay
This article from Mindshift offers many links for podcasts and lessons using them.
In this article by one of the country's premiere literacy leaders, Laura Robb shares the research and essential need for independent, choice reading in our classrooms. http://lrobb.com/newsletter/independent-reading-build-stamina-and-skill/
In this post from Jennifer LaGarde, aka Library Girl, there are great resources and an infographic about the importance of adults having reading lives in order to be successful educators. http://www.librarygirl.net/2017/10/when-adults-dont-read-kids-lose.html?m=1
Recommended by ERHS teacher Hillary Cooper, the lesson plans on Constance Hale's website provide authentic writing workshop opportunities for students. Teachers can email Hale to request the wealth of her lessons, as well as follow her blog and writing community. http://sinandsyntax.com/
From ASCD, this webpage has multiple links and activities to help students learn to write effective thesis statements using hands-on methods. These are great ideas across grade levels and for remediation as well.
From Edutopia, this article has multiple examples of how to leverage social media from text messages to Instagram in order to help students understand writing conventions and code-switching. https://www.edutopia.org/blog/social-media-posts-exemplars-marissa-king
In this article from The Journal, there are six excellent recommendations for creating podcasts in the classroom. These give students a way to write authentically in a genre that is fast becoming a go-to for young adults. https://thejournal.com/articles/2017/07/10/six-steps-to-creating-engaging-and-effective-classroom-podcasts.aspx
In this blog post from Stenhouse, Franki Sibberson and Karen Szymusiak offer some great strategies for supporting students who are moving from picture books to lengthier chapter books. These would be excellent ways to dialogue and support students during reading conferences. Teachers could also use the strategies in small group or mini-lessons to help students hold on to lengthier and more complex information. http://bit.ly/2u5FLZ2
This link to Lynne Dorfman's blog has a wealth of ideas regarding Writer's Workshop and integrating grammar instruction effectively. Lynne is the author of Grammar Matters and the soon-to-be-published A Closer Look: Learning More About Our Writers With Formative Assessment. http://bit.ly/2upYcVr
Kimber Tate, Coordinator of English, Reading and Libraries