This link from the NCLE Smart Brief shares a powerful potential essay topic which is relevant for middle and high school students. http://www.thonline.com/news/tri-state/article_89f864e8-9d71-5bf8-952a-a70de51a10d7.html
All of these apps may find their way into your instruction. There are multiple ways to organize, develop a sense of your audience, and get to know your own style better. Tr one, two or all fifteen. http://www.customfitonline.com/news/2015/5/27/15-best-new-writing-apps-youve-never-heard-of/
This resource includes more ways to make vocabulary interactive and visible to your students. It reinforces that idea of playing with words, particularly for upper elementary, middle and high school students who are grappling with multi-disciplinary and academic vocabulary. http://learningtasks.weebly.com/vocabulary-strategies.html
This site, sponsored by the Screen Actors Guild, contains numerous popular picture books read by familiar faces and professional performers. The site shows the rich illustrations from the titles, and would provide a wonderful way to add to a classroom audio library or get ideas for your own read-alouds. http://www.storylineonline.net/
In this ISTE post are five highlighted projects from kindergarten to high school which encourage student reading, research, and problem-solving. Also included are links to all the 30 project ideas which encourage synthesis of mathematics, language arts, social studies, statistics, persuasive writing, engineering, environmental science and more. what a way to motivate and engage your students. http://tinyurl.com/nw4x2f5
From the Two Writing Teachers blog, this post provides teachers with a step-by-step explanation of how to help students at all grade levels understand the routines inherent in a successful writing workshop. The site also contains numerous useful links to other resources at the bottom of the page. http://linkis.com/wordpress.com/BOYqO
Readers theatre ideas using Jan Brett books, strategies for improving fluency, ways for comparing/contrasting, integrating science instruction and more. This link provides multiple possibilities for readers theatre in the language arts classroom, improving literacy and insuring learning. http://tinyurl.com/bj9scmm
Connect the big ideas in prose to poetry using the Ipad app, developed by NCTE. There are Read/Write/Think lessons already created to use the resource in Grades 3-12. It's an excellent way to help students understand complex vocabulary, themes and symbols.
Think It Up allows students to work with teachers to fund their passion projects, such as Makerspaces or collaborative learning processes. See the quick video, and start dreaming. http://tinyurl.com/pqj48cj
This article by Richard Allington provides some concise components necessary for effective reading instruction in elementary classrooms. While the focus is on the lower grades, the elements that he describes are applicable at all grade levels.
Kimber Tate, Coordinator of English, Reading and Libraries