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English Language Arts (ELA): 7-12 Resources

7-12 Web Resources
Elements of Literature Site
This site includes extension materials for the adopted textbooks in grades 7-12.
 
Lexile Framework for Reading Database
The Lexile Framework for Reading is an educational tool that connects readers with reading materials using a common measure called a Lexile. Recognized as the most widely adopted reading measure, a Lexile denotes both reading ability and text difficulty on the same scale. When used together, Lexile reader measures and Lexile text measures enable educators, parents, and students to select books and other targeted reading materials that meet and challenge a reader's unique abilities and interests. After students take the Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI), they have access to a database of books from which to select ones that match their interests and reading ability.
 
Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)
Purdue's Online Writing Lab should be the first stop for students and teachers for help on writing, research, and grammar questions. This comprehensive site is packed with writing help, mini-lessons, and handouts to help all students improve in all aspects of writing.
 
READ 180 and Enterprise
This online support network offers information for administrators, teachers, and parents. Product tours, instructional models, teacher message boards, and technology guides are just a few of the resources available to support successful use of this reading intervention program.
 
Read.Write.Think Student Resources
ReadWriteThink offers a collection of online Student Materials to support literacy learning in the K-12 classroom. These interactive tools can be used to supplement a variety of lessons and provide an opportunity for students to use technology while developing their literacy skills.

Professional Organizations

American Library Association (ALA)
In addition to supporting library services, the American Library Association sponsors numerous book awards through its eleven divisions. Online resources include information about fair use, intellectual property, technology use, book lists, and book reviews.
 
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
An international, nonprofit organization, ASCD is dedicated to advancing best practices in instruction and curriculum design. The site contains information about various curriculum models, data-driven instruction, and differentiated instruction across disciplines.
 
International Reading Association (IRA)
A nonprofit, global network, the International Reading Association promotes literacy and literacy instruction worldwide. With more than 85,000 members, the association supports literacy professionals with four journals, professional development opportunities, and a variety of electronic resources, including the Read-Write-Think website (co-sponsored with NCTE).
 
National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
The National Council of Teachers of English is devoted to high-quality literacy instruction in English Language Arts. The council publishes twelve journals related to the teaching of reading and writing and co-sponsors, with the International Reading Association, the Read-Write-Think website that provides resources for teachers and students.


Online Databases for Students and Teachers (School Logins required)

Access World News
Access World News has electronic editions of record for valuable local, regional, and national U.S. newspapers as well as full-text content of key international sources.
 
CultureGrams
Links students to country reports that go beyond mere facts and figures to deliver a one-of-a-kind perspective on daily life and culture. In-depth reports covering 190+ countries and all 50 United States.
 
eLibrary
Offers more than 1,500 full-text sources, with improved functionality, and a fun and easy-to-use search interface. Includes magazines, newspapers, books, television/radio transcripts, maps, pictures, and audio/video clips.
 
ProQuest Professional Education
A comprehensive reference collection for K-12 professional development and continuing education.
 
SIRS Discoverer
General reference resource for young researchers that makes learning fun and intuitive. Helps students in grades 1-9 develop their research, writing, language and computer skills.
 
Thomson Gale -- Student Resource Center
The Thomason Gale collection consists of full-text articles from over 750 magazines and newspapers, hours of audio and video clips, 7,400 photos, and at least 2800 maps and charts, and hundreds of poems and plays.


Curriculum Resources

AP Central
Advanced Placement Courses - College Board)



Literacy Articles

Reading Next
A Vision for Action and Research in Middle and High School Literacy
 
Writing Next
Effective Strategies to Improve Writing of Adolescents in Middle and High Schools


Literacy Modules