5 Literacy Websites You Should Be Using In Your Classroom

Integrating technology is one of the biggest pushes right now in the classroom. The following websites are a combination of teacher and student friendly websites that are engaging and educational.

5. ReadWriteThink

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This seems like a no-brainer. ReadWriteThink is a classic resource for teachers. It combines lessons, printable resources, and interactive classroom activities for students. Sometimes as teachers it’s easier to find a lesson that is tried and true instead of trying to reinvent the wheel every time. A bonus, it is certified by the NCTE.

4. Poetry 180

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Poetry 180 is a little-known website sponsored by the Library of Congress and hosted by Billy Collins, poet laureate. This is a great resource for teachers to easily integrate poetry into the daily classroom. One way to do this is to make it part of your DO NOW/BELL RINGER routine. It also provides great resources on how to read and interact with poetry for students. I am always looking for ways to plug poetry into the classroom as it is one of my favorite teaching tools.

3. NoRedInk

NoRedInk is one of my favorite discoveries for the ELA classroom. It is a fun way to include grammar lessons for your students. If you’re like me, grammar is not my strength and I love providing extra support for this area. The great thing about NoRedInk is that it is completely customizable. You can use the data from your students’ diagnostic tests to assign individualized lessons. The free version works for most of the topics covered in Common Core Standards. The premium version needs to be purchased at a group rate.

2. Newsela

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Newsela is an awesome website that is a cross-curricular resource. It can be used in all subjects. This website has many positive attributes. The articles provided are a great way to being in alternative resources on the subjects you are teaching. Moreover, it is perfect for differentiating in the classroom as you have the ability to choose the Lexile level. Similar to NoRedInk you have the ability to create a classroom and assign texts to students. There are multiple ways for students to interact with the texts after this point. From answering teacher provided prompts to comprehension questions provided by Newsela. All around it is an invaluable resource for all teachers.

1. CommonLit

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This is my favorite new resource available for teachers. While it is geared toward ELA teachers, there are definitely stories that can be used in other subjects as well. The platform is set up in the same fashion as NoRedInk and Newsela. You import your classes and assign texts to your students. I like to use these texts for extra practice in annotations or to differentiate reading abilities. CommonLit goes deeper than Newsela in its available features. Students can highlight and annotate the text directly on the computer. They have the option of having the text read to them which helps students who need audio as well as visual. Another great way to differentiate for various students. There are guided questions, assessment questions, and discussion questions for students to answer. I’ll let you discover the other features for yourself.

Conclusion

Integrating technology in the classroom can be a chore especially for those of us who don’t have easy accessibility to one to one computers. However, many companies have made the burden much easier on us. With easy to understand interfaces and current lesson ideas, there is no reason why you can’t make literacy more engaging for scholars.

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