ELA Resources for Teachers

These are unprecedented times when everything is changing rapidly. I wanted to create a guide where we can all share different resources to support ELA Teachers. These may be online resources for you as a teacher, or possibly resources for your students if they have access to online learning/enrichment. While these supplemental resources are intended to provide guidance and support, users should first follow the guidance of their local school or district. All instructional decisions are locally determined, and the options and examples included in this resource are not required, nor does School Improvement endorse or recommend any specific program or product included herein. The resources and tools are provided as an option for users to explore in order to supplement or enhance learning activities prescribed at the local level. If you have any questions, PLEASE reach out as I will be checking my email (kkirkwood@gvboces.org) on a regular basis. I am thinking of you all and your students during this time.
~Kevin Kirkwood, Coordinator of Instructional Services for GVEP School Improvement

General Resources


ReadWorks bridges the gap between research and practice in reading comprehension instruction. We leverage cognitive-science research to create high-impact instructional materials and tools that are designed for immediate use within the practical realities of current U.S. classrooms. As a result, over 1 million teachers and 13 million students are using ReadWorks to improve teaching and learning in their classrooms today.


A site for leveled access to news stories.

Student News from CNN

CNN Digital is the world leader in online news and information and seeks to inform, engage and empower the world. Staffed 24 hours, seven days a week by a dedicated team in CNN bureaus around the world, CNN's digital platforms deliver news from almost 4,000 journalists in every corner of the globe.


From grammar and spelling to style and tone, Grammarly helps you eliminate writing errors and find the perfect words to express yourself. You’ll get suggestions from Grammarly as you write on Gmail, Twitter, LinkedIn, and nearly everywhere else you find yourself writing. Grammarly is a writing assistant that goes deeper than grammar to offer you comprehensive writing feedback. You can be confident that your writing is not only correct, but clear and concise, too. Be sure to register your account to receive a personalized writing report each week to help you track your progress and identify improvement areas.

Elementary Resources

Tumble Book Library

Ebook collection that includes animated talking picture books, chapter books, videos, non-fiction titles, playlists, books in languages other than English such as French and Spanish, graphic novels and math stories. Supporting materials includes lesson plans, quizzes, educational games and puzzles related to both math and language skills.


Kid-safe online dictionary. Easy definitions, great for SWD’s/ ELL’s as well.


Online stories can be read aloud to students.

Reading Rockets

Reading Rockets is a national public media literacy initiative offering information and resources on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help. We bring 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. Our goal is to bring the reading research to life — to spread the word about reading instruction and to present "what works" in a way that parents and educators can understand and use.

Florida Center for Reading Research

From 2014 to 2015, a team of researchers at FCRR collected ideas and created the VPK Learning Center Activities for use in preschool classrooms. Accompanying these Learning Center Activities is a Teacher Resource Guide and a Professional Development Video that offers important insights on differentiated instruction and how to use the Learning Center materials.

Time for Kids

For 23 years, TIME for Kids has published a weekly magazine for elementary school students. With exclusive access to TIME’s award-winning content, TIME for Kids is uniquely positioned to teach kids to recognize and value authentic and trustworthy journalism

Secondary Resources

OWL at Purdue Writing Lab

The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material, and we provide these as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue. Students, members of the community, and users worldwide will find information to assist with many writing projects. Teachers and trainers may use this material for in-class and out-of-class instruction.

OWL: Organizing your Argument

This presentation is designed to introduce your students to the elements of an organized essay, including the introduction, the thesis, body paragraphs, topic sentences, counter arguments, and the conclusion.

OWL: Peer Review

This presentation is designed to acquaint your students with the concept of peer review. This presentation will include the who, what, where, when, and why of peer review. The slides presented here are designed to aid the facilitator in an interactive presentation of the elements of peer review. This presentation is ideal for any level of writing, including freshman composition.

OWL: Writing Literary Analysis

This presentation is designed to help teachers introduce writing literary analysis to their students.

OWL: Effective Persuasion

This presentation is designed to introduce your students to a variety of factors that contribute to strong, effective, and ethical persuasion in their writing. The slides presented here are designed to aid the facilitator in an interactive presentation of the elements of persuasive writing and include examples and questions for those viewing the material. This presentation is ideal for any course in which students will be required to write a persuasive document and also helps students think in depth about their audience.

This I Believe

This I Believe is an international organization engaging people in writing and sharing essays describing the core values that guide their daily lives. Over 125,000 of these essays, written by people from all walks of life, have been archived here on our website, heard on public radio, chronicled through our books, and featured in weekly podcasts. The project is based on the popular 1950s radio series of the same name hosted by Edward R. Murrow.


Wattpad is an Internet community for readers and writers to publish new user-generated stories in different genres, including classics, general fiction, historical fiction, non-fiction, poetry, fan-fiction, spiritual, humor, and teen fiction.

American Literature Short Stories

There are over 4000 titles in this short story library, including “the greatest” short stories ever written; claimed to be “The best short story collection on the internet.”

Poetry Foundation

Browse (responsive) poems, readings, poetry news and the entire 100-year archive of POETRY magazine.


A website where you can insert questions into videos... It syncs up with Google Classroom and you can use videos that teachers have already made up! You can use multiple choice questions or open ended questions. You may email questions and assistance items to: mswanson@alexandercsd.org, if you need help using the website.