Literacy Ideas from Susie Vesper, a NZ educator

English Resources for Secondary Teachers

Making Sense of Evidence

This section helps students and teachers make effective use of primary sources. “Making Sense of Documents” provide strategies for analyzing online primary materials, with interactive exercises and a guide to traditional and online sources. “Scholars in Action” segments show how scholars puzzle out the meaning of different kinds of primary sources, allowing you to try to make sense of a document yourself then providing audio clips in which leading scholars interpret the document and discuss strategies for overall analysis.

Choice Literacy

Are you looking for the "how" of literacy leadership, written by colleagues who are just as smart, funny, and passionate about teaching reading and writing as you are?

Welcome! You've found Choice Literacy, the home on the web for K-12 literacy leaders.
We are literacy coaches, teachers, and school leaders with experience in dozens of diverse classrooms. This site presents the best of the tools, guides, literacy lessons, and sage advice we've gathered and tucked away as we've worked together over the years.

Literature Learning Ladders
Encouraging active learning through book-technology connections
This web project will help you make the connection between theory and practice by exploring some online resources related to literacy, themes, literature circles, technology, and learning.

Literacy-Sharing Images of Success

An Australian resource site to support literacy focused, school-based learning communities.

Sequential Art, Graphic Novels & Comics

This online workship is intended to help each teacher and child discover the love of learning through engaging opportunities for reading, writing, graphics, and technology.
Learn to integrate the growing body of quality print and web-based graphic reading resources for young people across the K12 curriculum. Beyond the superheroes of traditional comics, today's graphic communication projects help students synthesize and apply digital scraps, primary source documents, photographs, charts and graphics, and other visuals to create meaningful communications.
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Classical Comics: Mabeth and Henry V - Now in electronic form

Teachit (UK)

Web English Teacher

Tools for Reading, Writing & Thinking

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Graphic organisers, reading strategies, language resource guide, rubrics, themes and essential questions


Lots of different note taking / notemaking proformas
Academic success requires various competencies, among them the ability to know and use a variety of tools and techniques to generate and organize information and ideas. I refer to the tools and techniques on this page as "notemaking" because "taking notes" is passive: just as we must make meaning, so we must make notes---in our head, on the page, and in our notebooks. With few exceptions, the tools and techniques listed here are appropriate for all classes; many use them in grades as low as fourth and fifth with success, though I do not have exemplars. The tools here are intentionally free of directions because their intuitive design allows for multiple uses.

The Weekly Reader

Some useful links and ideas for all aspects of English - looks to be mainly secondary

The Literacy Project

A resource for teachers, literacy organizations and anyone interested in reading and education, created in collaboration with LitCam, Google, and UNESCO's Institute for Lifelong Learning.
Find books, articles and videos about literacy, or start your own literacy or reading group!

Word Girl A word building game

SMART - English and Language Arts
Topmarks Education: homework help, exam help, GCSE revision, A-Level revision, study notes, worksheets
SMART - English and Language Arts
Sites to use with middle and high school students
Primary Interactive - Activities and games for primary students
Grade Level Search Guide
Writing Fun by Jenny Eather- helping kids write using text organizers.
ICT Mindtools

ReadWriteThink: Student Materials

ReadWriteThink offers a collection of online Student Materials to support literacy learning in the K-12 classroom. These interactive tools can be used to supplement a variety of lessons and provide an opportunity for students to use technology while developing their literacy skills. Click on the name of each interactive for a brief description of the tool and a list of the ReadWriteThink lessons that use the tool. From there you'll also be able to directly access the tool and use it in your classroom.

Ms Hogue's Online English Resources

Links to wikis, blogs, lesson plans, sites for students, English links etc

Here is a link to a great wiki which has some excellent English resources

WebTools4u2use Have a look at their Presentation Tools page

Online Word Tools - Dictionary and Thesaurus

Definr is a super-fast, suggest-as-you-type dictionary which you can add to your Firefox search box or use in bookmarklet form.

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Visuwords defines and displays relationships between words in an animated graphical node map that you can navigate around by clicking related words.

When you just can't think of the name of that thing which you can picture in your mind, you want the Visual Dictionary. Go through a kind of reverse 20 questions to get to the word you're looking for, starting at one of 15 visual themes and narrowing down your search image by image as you go.

Slang, Catchphrases, Acronyms, and Common Mistakes

A formal dictionary will only take you so far—and will usually stop short when you need the definition of a catchphrase, buzzword, idiom, slang word, or acronym. When your dictionary fails you, take a look at some of these alternatives.

When someone uses a slang word or phrase (especially online) you don't recognize, proceed directly to the Urban Dictionary.

Along the same lines, What Does That Mean? is a community-run source of definitions (and calls for them) of idioms, catchphrases, and slang.

When it's a string of capital letters that stand for who-knows-what staring you in the face, the Acronym Finder can come to your rescue. If you always forget what the heck IIRC stands for, here's where to look.
Finally, if you still find yourself pausing over whether or not to use "effect" or "affect," the Confusing Words web site is the place to consult. Search for one confusing word and see what word for which it's commonly mistaken, and see the difference between the two.

Creating A Magazine
One application to use is Issuu. Issuu is a site that allows you 100mb uploads of magazines. Create these in a program that allows you to export them as pdf and you can upload them to issuu.


Practice speed reading online. Web based speed reading application that can train you to read faster. There is nothing to install or download, simply copy & paste text into the reader and choose your reading speed. ZapReader also states that some of the people who tried ZapReader reported a 300% increase in reading speed, without any loss in comprehension.
A demo video is available here @ You Tube

Balanced Literacy Framework (USA)

English Stuff

Welcome to our English classroom support wiki
Hopefully this wiki will provide useful ideas for the English classroom.

Free Tools for UDL for Literacy

Mosaic Listserve Tools
Resources and Materials Available on Our Site
Primary Resources - English (UK)

English Online (NZ)

Teachit (UK)

RHL School English Basics

With over 6,500 resources, including lesson plans, worksheets, audio, video and flashcards, onestopenglish is the world’s number one resource site for English language teachers.