This blog from NCTE suggests texts and lessons that reflect powerful texts by writers of color. The blog post provides numerous suggestions grounded in both recent and classic works across genres. While the blog post author is encouraging the use of these resources in February, they are important works which should be celebrated throughout the year during literacy instruction. http://blogs.ncte.org/index.php/2016/01/celebrate-african-american-writers-throughout-february-2/?utm_source=Inbox+Issue+-+2016-01-26&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=Inbox
Infotopia has a wealth of resources related to historic ads, speeches, fads, food, digital photos. It is a great go-to for mentor texts which inspire students to write their own persuasive messages. http://www.infotopia.info/am_history_decades.html
For younger students or struggling learners, the voice to text feature will help them compose more efficiently. As students begin research, the research tools for citations and searches as well as templates are invaluable. These will save students many headaches and time. The revision history feature may be particularly helpful to teachers who wish to assess how much time and energy students are devoting to the revision process. http://teachers.tech/5-great-google-docs-features/
In this blog post from Edutopia, there are five ways that you can use letters as intentional and engaging bridges to literacy. http://www.edutopia.org/blog/uses-for-letters-in-classroom-brett-vogelsinger
This blog post might give you a few new ideas for how to use stuffed animals in your classroom to promote literacy. http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/top-teaching/2016/01/stuffed-animals-reading-and-writing-buddies
This blog post provides some reminders and ideas of ways that we can develop more fluent readers in our classrooms. http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/top-teaching/2011/09/speed-accuracy-expression-oh-my
Need a new idea on how to have students synthesize information, share understanding or demonstrate their skills. This website from the University of Oklahoma has a wealth of strategies concisely explained. The strategies include the purpose of using them within your instruction. http://k20center.ou.edu/instructional-strategies/
Here are 20 online sources for free e-books that you can use on classroom devices, for personal devices or recommend to your students.
Here are numerous online resources to use for everything from QR codes to annotation.
This blog post has some great thoughts if you are incorporating passion projects into your classroom. It also links to sites on inquiry and design thinking. http://thelearnersway.net/ideas/2015/12/27/lessons-from-genius-hour
Kimber Tate, Coordinator of English, Reading and Libraries