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English Language Arts (ELA): PK-6 Resources

PK-6 Web Resources
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.
 
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)

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



Literacy Articles

A Child Becomes a Reader
(Birth to Preschool)
 
A Child Becomes a Reader (K-3)
(Kindergarten - Grade 3)


Literacy Modules