Here is a collection of links that you might find
Standards and Assessments
- Download the Common Core State Standards
- College and Career Readiness System
- AP Courses and Exams
- Northwest Evaluation Association
Resources for Professional Development
- National Council of Teachers of English
- International Reading Association
Resources for Students and Teachers
- Poetry Foundation
- Online Etymology Dictionary
- Poetry Out Loud
Great Organizations Worth Noting
- Education for Thinking Project
- National Association for Urban Debate Leagues
Sources of Good Content for College Readiness Reading
- New York Times Daily Lesson Plan
Teaching evidence-based argumentation across content areas and teaching kids to entertain conflicting viewpoints
was never so easy.
- New York Times Room for Debate
Smithsonian Magazine Online
This is a wonderful free source of the high quality kinds of reading students will be challenged to do on the
Explore, PLAN, and ACT. If you are searching for materials to teach social studies or science or build background
knowledge before reading literature, why not use these texts?
Lions Prides and Street Gangs
unfortunately, this snippet features scientists drawing connections between human behavior and the laws of the wild, an
interesting way to enter an examination of the causes and effects of violence in our communities.
Lion Prides and Street Gangs
The new movie Moneyball will surely create some opportunities for promoting the connections between math and sports.
Why not connect physics too?
- The Physics of
Cheating in Baseball
- How the Forest Service
Connect students' examination of present crisis to the past. Teaching Of Mice and Men?
- Anger and Anarchy on
National Geographic Online
Not just pictures of animals, there are lots of great texts for teaching all sorts of content areas.
Getting ready to teach about turf wars that led to Shakespeare's classic Romeo and Juliet? Why not also teach a
little about the turf wars of the Renaissance and connect it to the current impact of climate change on human
- Little Ice
Age Shrank Europeans, Sparked Wars
Connect this one to any of the YA novels you teach or read it as a standalone!
- Teenage Brains
What would happen if animals were like humans? How would it change our behavior toward them?
- Orphan Elephants
Maybe it's not chemistry, and if it's not, why do we do what we do? Good question for Romeo and Juliet.
- Emotions and the Brain: Love
The Wall Street Journal
The wall street journal, I hate to say it, is a great place to find formulaic writing. If you want to draw students'
attention to the argue speak imbedded in argument, this is a great source.
They also have some interesting multi-media sources, like this one on climate change:
- 5 Facts About Climate Change
Declines Among Many Common Birds
History Channel and PBS
History Channel and PBS have tons of good reads on almost any topic you can search
Children Finger-Painted on Cave Walls
BEST PART: These are free!
Science Magazine and others are worth subscribing to as well, if only to have access to searchable electronic