Having kids work on their own poems? This is a link that could help them with the rhyming process and again it is free
Middle High School Literature
e-Books for middle and high school. No cost involved. Great site for more independent readers. Teachers need to review e-books to find ones that work with the levels they teach
Read Write Think This site is the result of a joint venture between the NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) and the IRA (International Reading Association). Here you will find many interactive reading and writing sites that are guaranteed to get kids excited about writing. For teachers, there are many lessons to pick from and each one has included in it live websites, interactive activities, graphic organizers, and detailed lessons from the planning stage to the final product.
Simply paste the text of your paper in the box and click “Get Report” button. You will receive an analysis of your paper immediately. Sounds unbelievable, but it is true. Will it take the place of the teacher? Definitely not. However, it will make ELLs (and others) more aware of the common errors they make in their papers. Please note that this site is designed for high school and college.
Eduplace This free site offers a variety of spelling activities including word searches, puzzles, flash card practice with affixes, etc. Activity worksheets come with English as well as Spanish directions.
Better Endings – Learning Word Roots
One very effective way to boost vocabulary of EOs and ELLs alike is through Latin and Greek affixes and roots. If you only give a few a week (that are visible in the lessons you are doing), you will see their standardized test scores rise.
My English Images You must see this site to believe it. I was particularly impressed with his grammar maps (printouts). He looks at grammar from every angle and even has student artwork to illustrate key points. Though the site is free, he does ask for donations.
Created by the National Council of Teachers of English and the International Reading Association, this site offers outstanding activities, completed model lessons (all internet links on them are active links), printouts, interactive activities that lead to writing, a link to parents along with suggestions on how to use this site at home with their children. Many supports are here for ELLs as well.
NYTimes Education Section
If you haven’t already done so, you should consider registering for a free subscription to the NY Times Education section (The Learning Network specifically). The lesson activities cover all age groups and the weblinks supplement most content areas.
Strategies and activities for mainstream teaching.
Listening Library The English Listening Library Online offers hours of real conversations from English speakers from around the world. The dialogues are fun and on topics that would interest older students.
This collection of Aesop’s Fables is the largest online exhibit of Aesop and other fables, on the net. There are 656+ fables, indexed with morals, fairy tales, mythology, stories, real audio, images, search engine, message forum, and more being added all the time.
Lots of wonderful writing activities with many having student work templates.
How to use authentic literature for memoir writing . Teachers Network is a nationwide, non-profit education organization that identifies and connects innovative teachers exemplifying professionalism and creativity within public school systems.
Free download of Inspiration or Kidspiration software for a month. Inexpensive software that takes a web and makes an outline.
A resource from the Academy of American Poets with thousands of poems, essays, biographies, weekly features, and poems for love and every occasion
Web English Teacher
Web teacher. Written for EO, but can be adapted to meet the needs of the SDAIE teacher (I know that from personal experience) Features explanations and examples of blogs, podcasts, wikis and other of the latest developments on the web. During the summer the focus switches to teachers, during the school year, there are lesson plans, ideas and tools for kids to use.
A Guide to Learning English
The purpose of this website is to guide learners of English in effective and enjoyable ways of acquiring their new language.