You can easily integrate lesson plans and activities into classroom use. Everything is so well-organized that you'll know exactly how to find what you're looking for and exactly which standards are being met. The huge number of resources here almost guarantees you'll find something that works. The professional development section is pretty helpful, too, with strategy guides and information on meetings, events, and online seminars for language arts and literacy teachers.
Teachers could also encourage families at home to engage their child in reading or writing by visiting the Parent & After-School Resources section where experts have created fun and educational materials to supplement at home what children are learning at school. Teachers can find out how best to use the site by viewing videos such as "Literacy in Action," "Presentations," and "How to Use RWT."Continue reading Show less
ReadWriteThink is an online resource that contains lessons, interactive activities, printables, and an app to help kids improve their reading and writing skills. From the IRA (International Reading Association) and NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English), the site serves language arts teachers from pre-K through 12th grade.
The site is organized into the sections Classroom Resources, Professional Development, Videos, and Parent & Afterschool Resources. Each heading contains hundreds of unit plans, lesson plans, and activities, each divided by subject, learning objective, and grade level. While ReadWriteThink is focused primarily on language arts, materials for science, math, history, and life skills can be found here as well. There are also over 50 interactives or Flash-based games and widgets for kids, everything from a "Book Cover Creator" to a "Theme Poems" game and more. Interactives can also be saved in case it takes a student more than one class period to finish. Lastly, a literacy calendar makes it easy to find important events in literary history, authors' birthdays, and different holidays (with resources attached to them) to make these special days relevant to students.Continue reading Show less
ReadWriteThink is a gift for language arts teachers, and it just keeps on giving. There's simply a wealth of high-quality and accessible content here. It's a particularly great resource if you consider that it's completely free. ReadWriteThink claims that all curriculum on the site is reviewed by "at least two literacy educators." Writers for the site are vetted as literacy experts, many of whom are NCTE members and professional educators. Resources are considered classroom-tested and evidence-based.
Kids will enjoy the fun interactives, and teachers will be grateful for the standards alignment and easy-to-follow lesson plans. Content covers everything from vocabulary to reading skills, podcast creation, and everything in between. There are plenty of after-school activities here as well. The ReadWriteThink app allows students to engage in literacy-learning using tablet devices. No internet connection is needed for the app once it's downloaded. A social network, or some other way for teachers to get involved, chat with one another, and collaborate could push this site over the top.Continue reading Show less
Key Standards Supported
|L.4: Conventions of Standard English|
|L.4.1||Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.|
|L.6: Vocabulary Acquisition and Use|
|L.6.4||Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 6 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.|
|L.8: Conventions of Standard English|
|L.8.1||Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.|
Reading Foundational Skills
|RF.K: Phonics and Word recognition|
|RF.K.3||Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.|
|RI.8: Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity|
|RI.8.10||By the end of the year, read and comprehend literary nonfiction at the high end of the grades 6–8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.|
|RL.9-10: Key Ideas and Details|
|RL.9-10.2||Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.|