From YALSA, this article contains numerous recommendations for podcasts that might interest teens. Having students write podcasts might be a great way to connect research, genius projects, writing workshop, and literary response. http://www.yalsa.ala.org/thehub/2017/10/25/pop-culture-podcasts-teens/
In this blog post from Middle Web are great ideas and examples of using research in the writing of spoken-word poetry. Sarah Cooper provides two examples from her students, as well as articulates many of her fears in tackling such instruction. The possibilities are endless. https://www.middleweb.com/36108/stepping-back-and-letting-my-students-go/
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
Kimber Tate, Coordinator of English, Reading and Libraries