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10 Best ELA Tools for High School

Analytical skills come to the forefront in high school ELA -- boosting independent and informed thoughts, encouraging appreciation for literature, and allowing for creative self-expression through writing and discussion. High school students need tools that challenge them to dig into text and media for deeper meaning, produce college-ready writing, and improve their organization skills. These 10 great ELA apps and websites accentuate all these areas and more, equipping high school students with the communication skills they'll need to become critical citizens and to succeed in college, careers, and life.

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Great stories, just-right leveled reading; now mostly by subscription

Bottom line: Up-to-date, high-interest articles will meet students right at their level, and help teachers bolster students' nonfiction reading skills.


Stellar program scaffolds the writing process with peer review and feedback

Bottom line: This is an intelligently structured tool for teaching writing and review that focuses on process as much as product.


Well-structured lessons encourage deep analysis, thoughtful writing

Bottom line: This is a ready-to-go, research-backed resource that focuses intently on CCSS-aligned and AP-level critical reading and writing skills.

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Feature-rich literacy resource offers superb support for readers

Bottom line: Access a hefty collection of reliable, ready-to-print, leveled passages that allow you to tailor lessons, assign online reading, and track progress.

Actively Learn

Empowering reader keeps kids actively, independently engaged

Bottom line: Far beyond the average e-reader, this tool helps students connect and stay engaged while teachers easily measure progress.


Versatile annotation tool helps users critically connect with content

Bottom line: Kami is an effective way to promote student interaction with texts, authentic documents, and pictures.


Fewer clicks and less clutter equal a new go-to site for citing sources

Bottom line: An intuitive site that takes the stress out of citing sources, but students will still need instruction to tweak auto-generated citations.

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Superb ELA resource features engaging activities, stellar support

Bottom line: An exceptional, ever-growing resource for helping your students become close readers, careful writers, and critical thinkers.

Gimkit Ink

Safe, focused space for students to share, discuss ideas

Bottom line: This is a simple tool just about any classroom can make use of that lets students share and solicit feedback on their work.

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