Reading Rockets

Reading Rockets is a national (American) multimedia literacy initiative offering information and resources on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help. Reading Rockets brings the best research-based strategies to teachers, parents, administrators, librarians, childcare providers, and anyone else involved in helping a young child become a strong, confident reader.

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Read Write Think

ReadWriteThink’s mission is to provide educators, parents, and after school professionals with access to the highest quality practices in reading and language arts instruction by offering the very best in free materials. ReadWriteThink provides rich, engaging lesson plans for students of any age. In particular, one is apply to find strong content-area literacy units for late primary, middle school and senior high school students.

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Primary English Teaching Association Australia

The Primary English Teaching Association Australia (PETAA) is a national, not-for-profit professional association supporting primary school educators in the teaching and learning of English and literacies across the curriculum. PETAA supports primary school educators with research-based, classroom-focused print and digital publications and teaching resources.

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Words for Life

Words for Life - from the National Literacy Trust (UK) - is an excellent resource that provides clear guidance on communication milestones from birth to late primary school. There are plenty of fun activities, recommended books, informative research and an excellent list of nursery rhymes. Check it out. 

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Global Words

Global Words provides fifteen high quality units of work that integrate the teaching and learning of English and Geography with global citizenship education. The units are organised into the themes of sustainability, indigenous peoples, the Asia Pacific, and refugees and migration. The units were produced expertly by World Vision Australia in collaboration with the Primary English Teaching Association Australia (PETAA).

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Voice of Literacy

The Voice of Literacy is a brilliant bi-weekly podcast of interviews with leading literacy researchers as they discuss the implications of their research. The conversations are of the highest quality, and they span all key elements of literacy education. Teachers, parents, principals, and policymakers will all find valuable insights into the ways we can work to improve literacy instruction for learners of all ages.

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Australian Curriculum Lessons

Australian Curriculum Lessons is a site designed for educators in Australia. Its aim is to create one of the largest curriculum-linked lesson sites that highlights and values innovation and excellence in the teaching profession. It is a site that also allows teachers to submit high quality teaching ideas which show off their skills in planning lessons and creating wonderful learning experiences for students in Australia and the rest of the world.

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TextProject

TextProject is a non-profit organsiation that formalises a decade-plus of ongoing work to bring beginning and struggling readers to high levels of literacy through a variety of strategies and tools, particularly the texts used for reading instruction. It is a valuable source of research as well as free, accessible and culturally appropriate reading material for beginning through to transitional learners. 

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Edutopia

Edutopia is a comprehensive website and online community that sharing knowledge and resources in the following core learning areas: project-based learning, comprehensive assessment, integrated studies, social and emotional learning, educational leadership, teacher development, and technology integration. Edutopia believes that education should involve creativity, inspiration and ambition informed by real-world evidence and experience.

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What Works Clearinghouse

The Institute of Education Service (IES) hosts the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC), which contains reviews that examine the effectiveness of programs intended to increase literacy skills. Specifically, the WWC reviews studies that examine the impact of interventions in such areas as early reading/writing, print knowledge, reading achievement, reading comprehension, reading fluency, and writing achievement.

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Read It Again-PreK!

Read It Again-PreK! is a practitioner-friendly, scientifically based, and relevant curricular supplement designed to develop and strengthen young children’s early foundations in language and literacy. All lessons are organized around adult-child readings of high-quality storybooks. Lessons plans include advice on ways to build print awareness, vocabulary, phonological and phonemic awareness, oral language and early comprehension skills. (Click here for related Youtube lecture.)

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Sit Together and Read

Sit Together and Read (STAR) is a free adult-child book reading program designed for implementation by parents, teachers, and other professionals, such as speech-language pathologists. It is designed specifically to develop and strengthen young children’s awareness of, and knowledge about, print. The lessons for STAR are organized around widely available storybooks with high-quality content that is perfect for adult-child reading sessions.

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Newsela

Newsela is an innovative new site designed to build reading comprehension from a relevant source of nonfiction: the daily news. Newsela presents multiple version of same news articles for different reading levels. It makes it easy for an entire class to read the same content yet differentiated to suit differing levels of reading skills. Newsela includes articles ranging from sport, the arts, to politics, and more.

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Word Generation

Word Generation is a research-based program for late primary and middle school which is designed to teach academic vocabulary in language arts, math, science and social studies classes. It is a program that builds academic vocabulary across subject areas by facilitating deep discussion about concepts and issues of concern to young people.

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Advancing Academic Language for All

Advancing Academic Language for All! (AALA) is a Curricular Supplements for Word Generation Series 3, which is designed to provide additional support English language learners. AALA resources are designed to be used in conjunction with Word Generation units, so English language learners can gain additional language skills and background knowledge in order to engage more deeply in the conceptual discussions.

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Florida Centre for Reading Research

During 2004-2007, a team of teachers at the Florida Centre for Reading Research collected ideas and created Student Center Activities for use in kindergarten through fifth grade classrooms. Accompanying these Student Center Activities is a Teacher Resource Guide and Professional Development DVD that offers important insights on differentiated instruction and how to use the student centre materials. All materials are available for free, open public access.

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Shanahan on Literacy

Shanahan on Literacy is the blog of literacy expert Timothy Shanahan, where he shares best practices for teaching reading and writing. Dr. Shanahan is an internationally recognized professor of urban education and reading researcher who has extensive experience with children in inner-city schools and children with special needs. His advice is clear, practical and well considered.

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ABC Splash

ABC Splash is an online education portal funded by the Australian Government which provides students and families with access to an extensive library of educational resources aligned to the Australian Curriculum. A significant amount of the content is rich video and audio materials from collections of the public broadcaster, Australian Broadcasting Commission.

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