Language Arts

Resource Sites

PBS Teachers

Reading Resources and Strategies

Teaching English with Technology - Explore and find inquiry-based lessons, activities, and projects. Learn about new and emerging technologies such as blogs, podcasts, wikis, and online social networks, and explore innnovative ways of integrating them into the curriculum!
Reading Resources
Into the Book - multimedia package designed to improve students' reading comprehension, as well as their ability to think and learn across the curriculum
  • From Links - Using Strategies Together
Web English Teacher
Google Lit Trips
e-Books and eStories
Reading and Vocabulary Skill Development
Great Book Stories Wiki
Educational Wikis
Shmoop - covers literature,US history, and poetry with study guides, research content, and links, The language is totally student-friendly. Content is provided in a way that will engage high school and college students.It is written primarily by Ph.D. and Masters students from top universities, like Stanford, Berkeley, Harvard, and Yale. We source our work (see "Citations") and set rigorous academic standards. Teachers and students should feel confident to cite Shmoop as a source in essays and papers. - LitCharts is a service that provides condensed outlines and summaries of classic literature. The outlines and summaries are far shorter than those you would find in Sparknotes or Cliffnotes. Most of the outlines and summaries are ten pages, give or take a page or two. What I like about LitCharts is that they color code the themes addressed and symbolism within a particular work. The color coding makes it easy to quickly pick out the themes and symbols in each chapter of a book.

LitCharts can be viewed online, downloaded as PDFs, or accessed through iPhone apps.


Grammarman Comics - Online comic that reinforces grammar. Good for ELL students and teachers.
PIC-LITS Inspired Picture Writing

Graphic Organizers

Graphic Organizers
The Mindmapping Toolbox: 100 Tools, Resources, and Tutorials

Lesson Plan Ideas

ELA 10 - Critical Analysis - TV Sitcom

Activity Overview
This task should be completed during the learning of, or after students understand, literary elements such as theme, point of view, irony, flashback, frame narrative, or how authors develop characters, etc.

Students will view an episode of a popular TV comedy (such as The Simpsons, That 70’s Show, or Friends, etc.) specifically chosen by the instuctor for the literary elements it contains. While viewing, students will fill in the “Viewing Guide for a TV Situation Comedy” for examples of these elements that they notice. After viewing the episode and completing the left side of the viewing guide, students will label each element on the right side of the chart. Finally, students will synthesize what they’ve seen and recorded into a single statement of theme that can be justified by the evidence from the TV situation comedy that they have recorded and labeled on their viewing guide.

See Viewing Guide at the end of the task

Tools to Consider

Simpson's Episodes

Other resouces for using Simpson's episodes

ELA 11 - Colonial Literature Text and Source Documents

Activity Overview
The student will read a primary source document from the Colonial period and a nonfiction text from the Colonial period. They will create a graphic organizer to compare the literary text to the source document. Once each student has completed the chart, all students will participate in a group discussion focusing on how the selected literary work and the selected primary source document relate to the seminal ideas of the Colonial period. How does text reflect the values and beliefs held by the people who lived during the Colonial period?

Tools to Consider

EdTechTeacher - Notes about using chats for in class discussion